what would happen if i take in another male cat. i have one and he is very mellow, and the one that i will adopt is from a vet office, and is used to other animals. both are neutered. will they get along well?
please answer only if you have experience with ownership of multiple cats please!!!
Alleycat45227 answered Tuesday October 24 2006, 12:23 pm: Well I have 3 cats..And they sometimes fight but it's mostly play fight...If your first cat was a baby with you then maybe they won't get along..They won't like each other at first probaly they need to get to know each other..So if they fight just let them...Hope I helped..
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selectopaque answered Thursday October 19 2006, 8:39 pm: I am taking classes as a veterinary tecnician, and durring my classes, I have become involved with spay/neuter clinics. That is a program that spays and neuters stray cats, as well as some special cases of pet cats. The teacher who has gotten me involved with this is a cat expert, so I have learned quite a bit from her about cats and their odd behavior.
What I can tell you is that you will never be able to know if they will get along until you bring the new cat home. You could have two cats who have gotten along with other cats in the past and when you bring them together, they won't necessarily like each other. Especially at first.
But, one thing I can tell you for sure from experience with my cats, and from what my teacher has told us about her cats, female cats are much less likely to get along than male cats. So, your at an advantage with both of the cats being male.
Both of the cats will most likely be stressed out at first, but will eventually get used to the situation. Like the others have said, they might not be best friends ever, but they'll learn to ignore each other in most cases.
I have two cats. When I brought the second one in the house, it took only a couple of days for them to get used to each other, and now thier friends. My mother on the other hand has five cats. Some of them get along, and the majority of them can stand to at least sleep on the same couch in peace. But there is one cat who doesn't like any other cats, or loud people for that matter. This cat is happy, and finds a way to live with the other cats, but will never be friends with them.
So, you never know if the cats will be best friends, simply tolerate each other, outright avoid each other, or if they will constantly fight and not be able to live with each other.
Erronius answered Thursday October 19 2006, 7:03 pm: I would imagine that they will start establishing a pecking order somewhat quickly, and thats perfectly normal. At worst I would think they might fight a little at first (which is normal), and do some posturing and hissing (especially the cat you already have, who considers your house his territory). We still have two spayed females that bat at each other and hiss, and they have been around each other for at least 6 months.
I'd be very, very surprised if they dont eventually get used to each other. Now there is no guarantee that they will be best of friends and sleep together, but most of our cats over the years at least got to the point where they would tolerate each other and not fight outright. [ Erronius's advice column | Ask Erronius A Question ]
ShadeMartin answered Thursday October 19 2006, 6:38 am: Some say that a male and a female dog or cat will get along better than two of the same sex. This may be a scientifically proven fact, but in my experience, it hasn't mattered. Since I got my cat Simon (about 7 years ago) I've brought many animals into my home. Some stayed, some I just rescued from the side of the road and found homes for. He was always upset when I brought another animal in. It always took him a few days, sometimes even a couple of weeks to get used to the new cat or dog. This is normal. I'd bet that your mellow cat will either hate the new one, and you may have to keep them seperated for awhile, or he'll just ignore him completely. Simon has seen so many come and go now that he doesn't care anymore. My suggestion is to keep the new one in your bedroom or bathroom for a couple of days. They'll be able to smell each other and get used to one another's presence first. Then slowly open the door and just see what happens. One may hiss while the other just wants to play. One may smack the other. I'm not condoning cat fighting, but they probably will fight or show aggression towards one another. Sometimes you just have to let them sort it out themselves. Sometimes the new animal stresses out the old one so much that you have to rethink whether or not its worth putting your old cat through it. Stress can kill them. Your old cat may become depressed. Bring home the new cat on a trial basis, see how it goes. Both being neutered should help in the territorial department, but its definitely not the bottom line. I think every animal is different with its own personality, no matter their breed or where they came from. I hope they do get along, just remember, hissing and hating at first is normal, but if it goes on for more than 3 weeks, you should reconsider, for the sake of your old cats feelings. Good luck. [ ShadeMartin's advice column | Ask ShadeMartin A Question ]
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