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Adopted Kitty Making Progress…Slow Progress

Oreo has been in her safe room now for over a week since her return from the vet (diagnosed with active herpes). After a few days I could get Buddy (resident cat) and Oreo to eat on either side of the door but as soon as they caught sight of one another, they’d hiss and swipe and freak out.

I had a brilliant idea to make a barrier using some old screen I had in my shed. It was the perfect size to fit in the doorway and went up to the doorknob. The smaller dog gate I tried to use wasn’t tall enough and she would try to jump over it. And she would get very angry when I would push her back into the room. *sigh*

But things are starting to calm down. I gave them a bit of tuna fish and opened the door with the screen up and they ate their treat with only a few glances at each other. Then they moved away a bit to bathe, backs to each other. That seemed pretty promising.

This morning I gave them their tuna fish and they did the same thing. I fed them closer this time and they just glanced at each other a few times, walked away, and acted like they didn’t see each other. I tried to coax them closer to the screen to sniff but neither one was having any of it. I even took the screen down to see what would happen but Buddy just sat in the hallway and Oreo sat in her room with her back to the doorway.

Not sure if this is a good sign or not. Does this mean they are feeling comfortable enough with each other, that they feel safe enough to turn their backs? Do I dare let Oreo out with Buddy around? Do I wait until they can be close to each other without hissing and swiping? I don’t want to move too quickly and end up causing either one of them stress. Now that the semester has started, I will be gone all day and that means Oreo is stuck in one room all day. I may try to do a couple of days where I leave Buddy in his room and let her roam the house.

Boy, adopting a cat is hard work! LOL But so worth it. Oreo is such a sweetie pie and I can’t WAIT till I can let her out and not have to supervise their interactions.

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4 Comments on “Adopted Kitty Making Progress…Slow Progress”

  1. Inion N. Mathair January 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    It took my cat, Peaches, a long time before he could even be around other cats. He was fine with our dogs, but cats just irked him. I think people tend to underestimate how territorial cats are and save that trait for dogs, but they can be vicious. Though it sounds to me like Oreo and Buddy have started warming up to each other, I would give it some more time. We had bought a kitten for my mom about a year ago and thought since Peachy had been neutered he’d be fine with it, but he’d hurt it pretty badly when we’d come back home from work. It was so sad. Definitely don’t want that to happen to any of your precious ones. BTW, looooooooove the name Oreo. Don’t know if you can tell but I have a tendency to name my pets after food as well. LOL. Hope everything works out, Shay.

    • drshaywest January 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      It’s the name the bio faculty gave her since she’s black and white. LOl Such a cutie! And things are definitely getting better. I’ll give it some more time and see how things progress 😀

  2. alberta January 22, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    slow but sure with cats – my two – not adopted – tolerate each other – will not share bed or sofa with each other and they have been with each other for years – they live together in the home but are separate beings always- but took weeks at the beginning and they arrived here within a month of each other – cats are not pack animals although there is an indication that they are evolving that way – all the best:)

    • drshaywest January 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you my dear!! Things are getting better, slowly but surely 😀 One day they’ll be okay enough to leave in the house unsupervised

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