Tweet Meet went Good....Then Bad....then?
I am TRAUMATIZED! As you all know, Friday was the Tweety, Tarzan and Catfish meet and greet.
Since falling in love with cats only a few years ago, I marvel at how much easier they are than dogs. But one area where dogs are MUCH easier is introducing a new one to the pack--because, their nature is PACK animal. Cats don't like change, and the biggest change of all is a new cat.
I do not know how people who have a bunch of cats do it. Maybe it's just that I'm new to cats and got lucky with Tarzan and Catfish being best buds. From what I hear, cats can make god-awful noises, have spats and it's all "normal." Here's what happened:
I brought Tweety in the carrier into the cat-fence yard and set her down. Catfish, as always, ignored the whole thing. Tarzan, who has been aware of Tweety for a few weeks (starting and meowing)came over and was pretty good. He walked around the carrier sniffing, sat in front of it, meowed a bit, but not in a disturbed way. Tweety just sat there. Tarzan got closer, right up to the grate and Tweety gave two little hisses. Tarzan walked away for a bit, then came back. I gave both treats. At times, Tarzan even seemed a bit afraid of Tweety (or maybe it was just the carrier, as he hates that!"
So then I brought Tweety into the cat apartment and wanted Catfish and Tarzan to come in, so I could let them get used to her inside. They came in for a second, but when they saw the carrier/Tweety, they ran out. I didn't want to lock them in at that point and figured since it went well in the yard, I'd let Tweety out in the yard.
So that's what I did. Tarzan was far away and she came out. She walked onto the porch and Tarzan came over to follow, pretty fast. I didn't see eactly what happened, as they went around a corner, but all of a sudden I heard screeching and the chase was on. Tweety on top of the banister, then down, then across the yard, then she tried to go over the fence, but couldn't because of the cat fence, back across the yard with Tarzan chasing and under the porch! I was FREAKING OUT.I had a spray bottle, but it was useless as I couldn't run around the entire yard fast enough!
That was what The Boss was afraid of--them tearing each other to shreds under there where we couldn't get to them (it's skirted with latticework with a few openings for the cats to get in and out.)I hears a few nasty-sounding squalling sounds, then quiet. I went over to the side of the porch with an opening and saw Tarazan staring at me. I didn't see Tweety. I called to Tarzan, but he ran further under the porch. Then I saw Tweety laying right there by the opening, near where Tarzan had been.I reached in and pulled her out. She seemed totally fine and calm. I put her back in the carrier and closed it and left in sit on the sidewalk. I came in and watched from the window. I didn't see Tarzan and Catfish go near it. She laid down in the carrier and that was it.
Tarzan acted more skittish and afraid...of ME when I went out! She was fine and normal. By the way, while the chase and fight was on, Catfish simply watched from under a burning bush!).
So then I set Tweety up in the bedroom of the apartment,with litter, food, toys, etc. She was right at home, playing with me and the toys. I shut the door and left her inside. Later I brought the two boys in for the night. They were wondering why they couldn't get in the bedroom, but I had moved their big cat tree to the living room window and gave Tweety the smaller one in the bedroom. I checked on them later and both Catfish and Tarzan were asleep on the platforms. I wonder if they even knew Tweety was in the bedroom!
This morning we let the boys out and let Tweety explore the entire apartment. Then I put her in the carrier, back out in the yard. Tarzan came over and looked in, then simply sat down by it, looking around the yard, not at her much.
My plan: put Tweety out in the yard in the carrier several times today, and while she's inside, close the door and let her explore out of the bedroom to further spread her scent. Then later when the boys come in for the night and I close the door, I'll put her in the carrier in the living room and sit there watching TV and watching for how Tarzan acts. Then before I go to bed, I'll put her back in the bedroom. OR, should I leave her in the carrier in with them all night?
Tomorrow I was going to try another intro out of the carrier, but this time, inside with the door closed.
So what do you all think? I just don't' want Tarzan to ATTACK her viciously, as he's so much bigger. Can I be quick enough with water and blanket inside if that is what happens?
I guess it just surprised me that the chase and squalling went on, since the pre-introduction went well.
I've read information about introducing new cats and talked to Suzanne at Cats are Us and Elaine with the Humane Society and my friend Dena, who has a 12-pack at her house and my sister and they all say it's NORMAL or "it sounds like its going well." WHAT? I'm a nervous wreck I tell you!
Sorry this is so long, but wanted to share the fun I'm having on my days off. I'll keep you all posted! Wish us all luck.
Oh, and by the way, The Boss will not participate in the inside introduction. He says, "I'm not getting involved in that--this is YOUR idea." GRRRRRRRRR.
posted by Sandy at 11/03/2007 10:09:00 AM