Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog training - dog behavior > Cat behavior forum - cat training

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old February 26th, 2009, 08:46 AM
Chama Chama is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 39
Foster Cats Fighting

I feel like I have so many questions lately! I have two adult foster cats right now and I am having a hard time introducing them. They were originally separated and now I have been allowing the one (who is a mom to 2 week old kittens) to roam around. I haven't been having any problems thus far but last night and today they have gotten into rumbles. Its hard to tell but my existing cat seems to be initiating it and I know it's from fear as afterwards she hides and growls - even after I've put the new mom back in the room with her babies. My existing cat hasn't gone anywhere near the babies so I don't think that is the problem. They make quite the racket and frankly I don't want my existing cat to be worried all the time. The mom couldn't seem to care less. Does anyone have any suggestions on how they can get to know each other or should I just be letting them try and establish things on their own?
Reply With Quote
Old February 26th, 2009, 09:27 AM
Love4himies's Avatar
Love4himies Love4himies is offline
Rescue is my fav. breed
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boating in the 1000 Islands
Posts: 17,769
I would not allow them to work things out on their own, but would keep them separated for a few days, then try slow, controlled intros. If the momma needs a break from her kittens, I would lock up the other kitty who is initiating the fights. Feeding treats on either side of a closed door is a great way for kitties to get used to each other and associate their smells with positive feelings.

I am a little confused, do you have three adult cats (two fosters and one resident) or two?
Cat maid to:

Jasper, male Ragdoll ?? (approx 10 yrs)
Rose semi feral, a cpietra rescue, female tabby (approx 7 yrs)

Sweet Pea RIP (2004?-2014)
Puddles RIP (1996-2014)
Snowball RIP (1991-2005)

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.-English Proverb

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” Stephen R. Covey
Reply With Quote
Old February 26th, 2009, 11:54 AM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
Ask away. It never hurts to get lots of info.
I would think Momma is defending her babies. It doesn't matter if she is not in the same room as the babies. She knows they are close. If it is your other foster (whom I assume has been there longer?) that is initiating things then keep them separated until the babies are at least six or seven weeks old. She knows something has changed and is reacting to it. Then do a slow re-intro with them. Treating it as though this is the first time they have met.
Once you decide to let them meet again this is a great site to check out.
This lady has done a ton of introducing cats to each other.

If possible during reintros can you put a screen door or something on the doorway of the room mom is in with her babies? Something that will keep them both safe but they can see each other? In some cases this seems to help a lot.

I am sure you will get more help. Everyone has different ideas on how to introduce kitties. Somewhere in all of the help is the one that will work for your situation. Good luck!
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:35 PM.