You have probably been wondering how our new cat Teddy is getting along with Rosie. We are slowly moving in the right direction, two steps forward, one step back. Introducing a new cat is complicated!
The good news is that Ruby and Teddy are best buds and have kind of an adorable cat dog romance going on (check out their Instagram stories). They share sweaters, food, more food, and maybe soon, a two-for-one membership to Weight Watchers.
The not so good news is that Rosie is still being kind of a stinker. If she wore panties, they would be in a bunch. Meeting new cats, sharing, and change are hard for our much-loved diva cat.
Of course, there are always adjustments in blended families, especially when introducing a new cat. But bottom line, we are not quitters. Plus, we are all bonkers in love with Teddy and some day (just you wait) Rosie will be, too.
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How To Introduce A New Cat Without Stress Eating All The Halloween Candy
Drugs, and by drugs, I mean flower essences. We have been using Green Hope Farm Animal Flower Essences and they kind of work like magic. Two drops in the communal water bowl and a drop behind Rosie’s ears = instant chill out. I have never been a huge believer in flower essences, but I am now. The outburst and jealousy blends have really helped diffuse the cat drama. Plus, the folks at Green Hope Farm are very nice and even sent me a nice handwritten note with my order.
Communal Meals. Food is not love or therapy only it kind of is with cats. We started by feeding Teddy and Rosie in separate rooms; then separate rooms with the door open (with a baby gate), and now in the same room in opposite corners. If there’s any cat drama, we take a step back. Teddy has learned to be brave and eat near Rosie and Rosie has learned that there’s enough food for everyone and she doesn’t need to growl while eating because sometimes that causes stomach upset. Ruby has learned that the more the cats get along, the less chance she has to swoop in and eat ALL their food.
Cat Juggling. We started Teddy upstairs in our bedroom and my office. Rosie had the run of the rest of the house as usual. They obviously could smell each other but couldn’t see each other. We then started switching things around and giving Teddy time to explore the house while Rosie spent time in the bedroom.
We are currently doing a combination of together and alone time, which is where cat juggling comes in. Cat juggling is kind of like being in middle school only without the homework. They have a room change schedule, which allows them to get used to each other’s smells and have equal time everywhere. I also work from home and am able to devote all my time (when I should be working) to making sure they are both comfy cozy and not stressed out.
Although we have made progress and sometimes sit together on the couch like a real family, we still don’t totally trust Rosie alone with Teddy. The introduction process has been a little more complicated because Rosie is deaf and it’s easy for Teddy to startle her – which makes her really mad. During together time Rosie wears a Kitty Holster Harness, this allows us to monitor the situation and also seems to help keep her calm. I think she associates the harness with Teddy and knows to watch out for him when she’s wearing it.
True confession, I sometimes find myself eating Halloween candy in the middle of the night, explaining to them that we all need to get along. But then I remember (because it’s 2:00 am) that Rosie is deaf and can’t hear my words of wisdom , which leads me to eat more candy. It all feels very reminiscent of colicky nights with my daughter. Only she was born in February so no Halloween candy.
We are hoping to have everything resolved and be one big happy family by Christmas. Paws crossed. Want more cat introduction tips? Check out this video with Jackson Galaxy for even more information on introducing cats peacefully, safely and drama free.
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