- Oct 9, 2019
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What a cool cat set up!!! You're little nuggets are pretty lucky as well! I actually have a meeting with a contractor tomorrow to see about building a small catio/screen porch my the cats and myself. Just something big enough to put a couple chairs and so they can have more access to the outdoors.Well clearly you are a very considerate and responsible owner with a tent like that!
We recently finally bought a small enclosure for our porch for the kitties for Christmas (we had plans to build one but haven’t managed to get our yard successfully leveled yet). I can’t wait to get it outside and have the kitties have access to more fresh air than the windows alone allow!
Unfortunately that’ll have to wait a bit longer though, as there’s some contagion going through the house right now, so we actually had to construct it in our dining room for an extra isolation space
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I know introductions can be so frustrating, but they are obviously in good hands I’ve definitely had many cats and fosters take months to acclimate. And my boyfriend tends to make assumptions similar to yours about cat intros. Sometimes he’s right, but other times, not so much
Just be sure to utilize vertical space to the best of your ability, follow the one litterbox per cat + 1 rule (at least at first - you can revisit this based on how well they ultimately end up getting on later and their individual potty needs/habits), ensure each cat has their own food bowl, and preferably water bowl too (water is something you can also reconsider once everyone is established and settled).
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Jackson Galaxy (very reputable cat behaviorist) and his show, My Cat From Hell - the two primary issues he deals with are inappropriate elimination and disharmony between cats/proper (re-)introductions.
His show is really entertaining and educational so I do highly recommend it, but if you don’t have time for full episodes, he also has a blog, Facebook, and YouTube channel with essentially a condensed version of the same information in My Cat From Hell.
And yes, I have been binge watching My Cat From Hell and taking lots of good tips from him. I think the biggest thing really is time and patience. We're getting there, just very slowly.