Integrating Your New Cat
Start by letting your cat loose in a small room. Give him/her time to adjust to this room.
A bedroom works well where you are going to sleep - keep other cats and dogs and loud children away for the first few days.
Ideal isolation from an existing pet is 10 days. Introduce them slowly by switching rooms (letting existing pet into the room where the new cat was, putting the new cat into a room where the existing cat was).
Smell is key for both old and new residents to have a chance to smell where the other cat has been.
Make sure kitty litter box is really easy to find in the beginning. These cats are all trained to the box but in a new place they sometimes are so frightened they can't find it or are af raid to try.
If they are hiding under the bed, for example, you might put the cat's pan right next to the bed.
Then as they get used to you you slowly move it to where you would like to keep it.
Don't expect miracles! Remember these cats are stressed from
a) being given up by their owner
b) spending time in a loud noisy shelter
c) travelling long distances to a new place
d) spending time in a rescue
e) seeing a vet on several occassions
f) travelling again and
g) being in a new place all over.
Average settling in time is one month. Please bear with them. They are frightened.
After about a week, or sooner if you are concerned, it is a good idea for the cat to see a vet near you.
This not only allows you to set up a record for this cat with your vet, but also allows a second opinion and a thorough checkover so you can be aware of anything that needs to be taken care of on your cat. Copies of vet records are included with your cat. Please give these to your vet.
Stress can bring on runny eyes and or some sneezing. This is fairly common. I wouldn't worry unless you see colored drainage from the eyes or nose, or if they drainage persists past the first few days.
We would love to have your new baby's picture on the 'meezer site'. If you would like us to include a picture of your new family member, please visit www.meezer.org and sign up as a SICC member.
Please read all of the attached information accompanying your new pet carefully.
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And now for some silly humor:
Subject: Cat Diary
Day 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal.
The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild
satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.
Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.
Day 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs.
In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair... must try this on their bed.
Day 762 - Slept all day so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depriving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.
Day 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts.
They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was..... Hmmm.
Not working according to plan....
Day 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was
chosen for the water torture.
This time however it included a burning foaming chemical called "shampoo".
What sick minds could invent such a liquid.
My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.
Day 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event.
However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they
call "beer". More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies". Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.
Day 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches.
The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return.
He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant.
He has mastered their frightful tongue (something akin to mole speak) and speaks with them regularly.
I am certain he reports my every move.
Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured.
But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...
Diane R. Karius, Ph.D.