I’m getting my third cat on Sunday. A friend is leaving the country and cannot take her rescue cat with her. She’s been searching for a forever home for her, but there have been no takers so far. She has no choice but to put her out on the streets if no one takes her. I don’t want that to happen so I’ve volunteered to foster and look or another home for her.
I am declaring to the world that I am only fostering this cat, but I know that it would be next to impossible for me to find her another home. So, like I said, I’m getting my third cat.
To be completely honest, I am quite apprehensive about this adoption. Twister and Wednesday get along fine… I don’t want to rock the boat by introducing another cat into the mix. Jello, who is turning 2 in October, is not used to seeing other cats. Twister, who’s 2, was an only cat for about a year until I got Wednesday (who was from a cattery and was used to playing with other kittens). I did the proper protocols for introducing cats–put them in separate rooms, let them get used to each other’s scents, and then let them see each other. It took about 2 weeks, but it went smoothly than expected. I was stressed, though, because I felt bad for both of them. Wednesday just wanted to play and didn’t know why she was all alone all of a sudden, while Twister, Mr. Lion King, didn’t want her around. I’d like to think that Wednesday won him over in the end. She’s so easy-going and friendly—I guess he couldn’t resist!
Now a third one. How would the two react? Would it change their relationship? I can’t put them in separate rooms anymore (long story) so I might keep Jello hidden in my room for a couple of hours, open the door and let things happen naturally. I’ve read in several sites that this is an acceptable way of making introductions as well. Keeping them apart for a long time might do more harm than good. It might stress them out more if they don’t see the new guy right away.
What do you think?