We just adopted a new cat into our family. He was a stray that some kids at our daughter’s dance studio ‘took in’ back in May. He was pretty much malnourished and had a bad goopy eye injury going on. He has been in 2 or 3 different households since then, but they all had dogs which he was afraid of and would cower and hide the entre time. So he ended up back at the dance studio for much of the months of June and July and my wife and daughter got attached to him after seeing him daily. He is very affectionate toward people and definitely not a feral cat.
So when wife decided to find him a home and my mom (whose apartment has a no-pets policy, but she has a doctor’s note saying that she would benefit from the companionship of a pet) was reluctant to take him, I told her that we could take him if she was so attached.
That was in early July and we had to wait several weeks because we were going to be away and we also had to schedule him for a neuter surgery – which got bumped twice. He also needed surgery on his eye injury – so they finally got that taken care of last Friday morning and he then came home to us that afternoon. They estimate him to be about two years old, but my sister said he could be up to five.
We already have a 9 year old female in the house and are hoping to socialize the two to each other once his eye sutures and cone are off. But until then, we have him locked up in one room while she has reign over the rest of the house. Each knows that the other one is there and neither seems to be overly agitated about it, so hopefully it will go well when we introduce them in about a week or so. I think the plan is to put him into a crate and bring him out into the main part of the house for a brief spell – and then doing the same in reverse with her into his room the next day.
As my sister said (she’s worked for many years in various animal rescue shelters) when it comes to introducing new cats - they don’t have to be best friends, they just need to be tolerant of each other.
Here’s hoping for tolerance!