Introducing New Feline Friends

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Firefly
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Introducing New Feline Friends

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Following the sad demise of one of my rescue cats, a few months ago, I have adopted a neutered male rescue cat of approx 12 yrs. I already have a cat of the same age, who I have had since she was 1 yr old. She has never lived with me as a lone cat, she has always had a neutered male as a companion.

Having had cats for the last sixty odd years, I have never felt the need to tread warily with in introductions, and have just allowed them to find common ground. Now it seems I must keep my cats separate for at least two to three weeks, whilst getting them used to each others' scents, and allowing them to see each other first, through a glass or mesh door, all very well if you have one, I do not.

Do other experienced cat owners think, that we are now over thinking introductions? I have only ever seen the odd initial spit or hiss, between new friends, then all was well.

Thoughts appreciated.

Jackie
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I think the new ways are not necessary. But I don't speak from experience as I have only ever had one cat at a time.
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Thanks Trevor,

I don't think that they are either. Perhaps I should consult a feline therapist, and ask for a consultation for both :?
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Just do what you always do if it has always worked.
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Thank you Dominic.

I will.

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Sometimes we overthink cat introductions. Just go with your gut and keep an eye on them. Cats can be unpredictable, but they often figure things out on their own.
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I did just leave them to it, now they are both happy in my home. My little female, who I have had for years, rules the roost, and swipes my new boy, (who I have to say is rather large), over the head if he gets out of line.

Jackie
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