That is good to know! There's a possibility it might happen again. My bedroom furniture is my most valued along with formal dining, and there are 8 chairs that will be taped up. I'm hoping he likes his scratchers well enough that he'll leave them alone.I know you didn’t have much time to remove the tape but for future reference a warm soapy cloth tends to release the glue enough that you don’t have as much trouble getting it off.
Another great idea! Once he's out of his room he's really skittish of me, it's interesting. it's like "Eek! Human in the wild!" and gives me a wide berth. But next time we're out of his room and he allows me access to him, I'll run a tap for him and see how it goes. Thanks!You might let him see running water before he ever has to be introduced to it by accident.
Actually, it was my own dumb fault! I was introducing him to a new lounger/scratcher and dummy me put it right up against the couch with the tape on it! I didn't expect him to jump up from the side, and he pressed his body right into the tape on the armrest! I've moved the scratcher away from the couch, now.Makes me reconsider using double-sided tape though. Think I'll stick with my foil for now.
Ah, thanks. I haven't let them be together again since then, wanted to wait for feedback. I just don't know if I'm supposed to intervene when they start showing signs of getting physical. I also don't know how much of a disadvantage Charlie would be at. He's twice Finn's size but fat and slow and has no claws. Finn is fast, agile, clawed, and bites. What's the likely outcome?ah ha, i have been gone for days, and i can see, i have Much to catch up on! Last i read, you had not yet let cats 'meet' yet,
and now, they have!
I will go back and catch up. i got no advice, just support, this is so nice of you!!
how exciting. hope it goes more smoothly soon.
bet it will.
I may be in your same shoes soon, so i am interested in how this is going.
Really?? I need to go find your thread and catch up, then! I will be following your progress as well. I tried to read all I could yesterday on friction between cats during introductions, but I got discouraged. I hope that your introductions go as smoothly as cat introductions can go!I may be in your same shoes soon, so i am interested in how this is going.
I tried to do this, but Finn is a climber. I have the 6-ft shelving and the extra tall baby gate. He jumps the baby gate effortlessly, and last time I turned my back I heard a ruckus, and Finn had scaled 3/4 of the shelving and was almost to the top, and Charlie was on the other side waiting for him.I used to leave my barrier up and the door open during the day. This way, the cats could observe each other. I was always there to watch and intervene if needed. If there was hissing or growling, I would then just close the door.
Yes, food rewards at every meeting.Also are you using food rewards at every interaction?
The meetings went well until Finn passed by Charlie too closely, then Charlie hissed. The final meeting took place when Finn escaped (He is getting REALLY hard to contain). Charlie thumped him on top of the head, and Finn thumped Charlie back.When cats show signs of distress ( ears going flat, tail swishing, growling, hissining, etc...) you have gone too far.
He doesn't sound like he's longing to be back outside, and if he was it wouldn't be for much longer. Cats are smart, and the first couple times he gets to watch a thunderstorm from inside through a window he's going to catch on that he's not getting soaked and doesn't have to hide under something all day to avoid it.Okay, that really did help me a lot. Thank you ladies so much. It's also helped me not feel quite so guilty about Finn being "trapped" in that room for so long. To me it seems that after having the whole great outdoors to roam and explore, that being cooped up in a small room would be an awful feeling. But he also had to fear for his safety; hopefully the tradeoff is worth it for him. I'll also not do the trading days thing. You're also right, Jcatbird, in that it's easier to add to than take away from Finn's territory. He's already been much more discontent in the room since we've done room-swapping.
Phew. Okay. Thank you guys again.