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Some furry progress!

phoozles
July 8th, 2009, 01:17 PM
As some of you know, I've had a hard time trying to get all my kitties to get along already. Ethel has been in the house for over a year now, and is still in her own room. As I have been consumed for the last year and a half with my wedding, we didn't really have the time to fully dedicate to introducing the cats - and the few times we did didn't really have good results..

Well, I'm all married up now, and we decided to give it another go..
We waited to feed them so they'd be nice and hungry (it was recommended by our vet).. We put both Ethel and Jake on a leash and let devil Alley run free.. We got them eating in front of each other.. the good news was that there was a LOT less hostility than there was before.. Alley was growling and hissing a bit, and Jake did too, but for the most part they were pretty calm.. Eventually Ethel got worked up and swatted at Alley, but I'd say they had a good 15 minutes of peace before that happened..

That was last week - since then Alley has been going up to Ethel's door but not growling (I was convinced that before she'd do it just to :censored: Ethel off) and Ethel hasn't been lunging back (her 'door' is a well secured doggy gate, so they can see each other).

We did another introduction last night, and Jake seems to be fully at ease now.. He actually lay down and had his back to Ethel, and even when she was moaning he didn't turn his head! Alley was a lot calmer too, but Ethel got a little tense and swiped at Alley.. Still, the aggression was much lower than it had been!

I'm feeling pretty optimistic! We're going to go slow with this, and the leashes aren't coming off until I'm ridiculously confident, but I finally feel like we might be getting somewhere! Soon I might actually be able to have pics of all three of them in the same room! :fingerscr

dogcatharmony
July 8th, 2009, 01:47 PM
:thumbs up Way to Go!!!

Ohhhh and where are the pics????? PLezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeee:D

TacoGrl
July 8th, 2009, 01:48 PM
Wow! A year and a half :eek: ...were the cats seperated for that long or did I mis-read something again? :rolleyes:


It is good that they are starting to get along :goodvibes:

phoozles
July 8th, 2009, 02:08 PM
They have technically been separated since May of last year..

We took in Ethel as a stray when she had her kittens .. We found homes for the kittens, but Ethel was too aggressive to hang out with residents Jake and Alley. We had her on Clomicalm for a while, but it wasn't doing much for her, so now she's drug free..

We have a 'back room' in our house that Ethel has been hanging out in, and the other two have the run of the place (sometimes we lock up the two and let her hang out for a bit)..

I can't wait to be able to take the leashes off - the only drawback is that there is no room to our bedroom, so I'm worried about one chasing the other under the bed (it happened before)..

TeriM
July 8th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Woohoo :thumbs up! I was just wondering about your situation the other day :).

Jim Hall
July 8th, 2009, 02:17 PM
lol yearand a half

ancientgirl
July 8th, 2009, 03:01 PM
That's great they are making progress. A year and a half is a long time, but it's understandable considering you just weren't able to devote as much time. I think it's good though that they have at least been seeing each other daily, so they have all gotten pretty used to each other.

Czari swats and hisses now and then too. Last night she was even swatting and chasing Kiska, but it never gets beyond that. Maks is the one that bugs her to no end somethings and they get into a rolling fight, hissing coming mostly from Czari.

I think it's just part of having multiple cats in your home. There will always be relationships that are better than others.

It seems that Ethel and Jake will come to an understanding quicker than Alley. And if and when you move, you will be starting fresh in a new place with all of them, so I'd think none of them can be too territorial at that point and maybe even get along better.:shrug:

14+kitties
July 8th, 2009, 03:06 PM
Progress! :thumbs up That is wonderful!! Thank you for being so patient about the whole thing. I think most people would have given up by now. :highfive:

hazelrunpack
July 8th, 2009, 03:29 PM
Yay! Even baby steps are progress! :highfive: Maybe it'll go easier for you now, since they've had a chance to get accustomed to each others' scents over the past year! :thumbs up

chico2
July 8th, 2009, 04:34 PM
Phoozles sounds good:thumbs up
I too am very greatful for you not giving up on them,hopefully they'll reward you soon:pray:
They might never love each other,but like my Chico and Vinnie at least accept each other.

phoozles
July 9th, 2009, 08:49 AM
That's all I can ask - that they don't rip each other apart!

pattymac
July 9th, 2009, 09:57 AM
Cool, that you're making progress. Mr Nino isn't going to have that luxury!! I'm going to get baby gates to put across the door so they can look at each other.

Love4himies
July 9th, 2009, 01:01 PM
That is great news :thumbs up :highfive:

phoozles
July 9th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Cool, that you're making progress. Mr Nino isn't going to have that luxury!! I'm going to get baby gates to put across the door so they can look at each other.


Here's a look at what my DH rigged up - he nailed some wood on the top so that they couldn't climb up and over (trust me, they are monkey cats sometimes!) We got the gate at a garage sale for $5! :thumbs up

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29/phoozles/100_0004-1.jpg

As you can see, Ethel can climb right up to the top.. :rolleyes:

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29/phoozles/monkey.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29/phoozles/thedoor-1.jpg

a little kitty showdown..

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg29/phoozles/showdown.jpg

We have a padlock on it so that we can get in and out and the kitties can't do the same.. I can't wait to get rid of that door though!

chico2
July 9th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Awww,look at them,why can't they just be friends:cat:

onster
July 9th, 2009, 09:45 PM
awwww yay!! im soooo glad there's progress....hope it continues!

14+kitties
July 9th, 2009, 09:47 PM
I am really hoping that things settle down soon with these guys. It's been a long time coming. :fingerscr

Magicwildwolf69
July 9th, 2009, 10:38 PM
:thumbs up for things going so well. hope it keeps going. lots of :grouphug: to you for sticking with it this long. stormy and Serena are learning to get along still but we don't have that much aggression between the two of them