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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:44 pm 
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Dear All, well I have been run off my feet and this is the first chance I've had to come onto the computer.

What can I say? I have never experienced so much affection in all my life. She is confident, sweet, funny and has such a personality! Right now she is fast asleep, she sleeps a lot! But when she is awake she is like a whirlwind. She likes to play with her water rather than drink it, eats very well indeed, uses the litter tray properly, has a foot fetish (!) and basically is just perfect. I am so happy we got her.

Casper is not as jubilant to say the least. Yesterday he was very grumpy and even hissed at me a few times (a first!) but now he is much better and is not exactly happy but is tolerating her presence in his house. She is dying to get out and explore and meet Casper but he's not ready yet. I am sort of dreading the day I let them meet properly because I don't want him to scare her :(

Anyway, I am rambling on but just wanted to let you all know she is settling in well and acts like she has always lived here. Jill at Glitterglam did a fantastic job and I am so happy!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:52 pm 
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Great news - any piccies yet?

Take things slowly with Casper and you'll be fine. You'll probably find he's the one who's scared and not Isra - she'll be full of youthful confidence!!! A good idea is to swap some bedding from each cat so that they get used to each other's smell before they come face to face.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:22 pm 
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I do have some pics, but they are not the best....hard to take them as she is so quick!

She is glittery all over, her fur is amazing..

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She's cute! Swapping things between their "territories" so they can get used to each other's smells is a good idea.

I also do the room swapping thing where I let the new cats explore the house while the established cats can sniff around the newcomers room, but my house is ideally set up for that sort of thing (I have a couple of rooms with two doors, so I can guide them all around the upstairs without any risk of coming face to face with each other) and it doesn't work everywhere.

As a next step, I place a pet gate in the doorway and board up the rest (otherwise they just jump/climb over it). There usually is a bit of tension and hissing at first when they see each other through the gate, but it allows them to get as close as they want to check each other out and back off without fearing they'll be chased and jumped on by the other cat. To make it more enticing to interact with each other, I place food and toys on both side of the gate.

Once there's no more hissing and growling, I remove the boards, but leave the gate if the cat can jump/scale it easily. That allows them to come out and interact, but still go back into their "safe room" when things get too heated. It appears that my cats respect the gate as a barrier, even though they can go over it (and sometimes will to steal food etc). It's more of a psychological "here's the line, this is my room, stay out of it" thing, I guess.

The thing to keep in mind is that it can take some time (your cats will let you know how quickly they want to get to know each other) and it's best to avoid direct conflict during the introduction and adjustment period. They need to learn that they are no threat to each other. Both the newcomer and the established cat(s) need a place they can retreat to and feel safe in. They will want to check each other out (some sooner, others later), but preferably from a safe distance or through a barrier at first. At one point, they need to work out who's top cat (and in many cases they manage to do that without outright fighting) and after that there should be at least peaceful coexistence even if they don't become best friends. Sometimes it takes just hours, sometimes it takes days or weeks. The most important thing is to let the cats take it at their own pace and don't force them, but don't stand in their way either. They'll work things out between them eventually.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:42 pm 
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Such great advice, thank you! On the breeders advice I am actually keeping Izzy in a large puppy cage when she is sleepy and Casper is coming in and watching her. His body language is very good and earlier on I turned my back and when I turned around they were touching noses!

They are getting used to each others smell now and I am feeding them wet food every morning and night in the same room (with Izzy always in cage) and they are eating with no problems.

I really feel they want to get to know each other but are both wary.


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Oh she is very beautiful, well worth the wait eh!!

I know what you mean, we wanted another cat with a big personality as our old lad Horrace was such a big character.. i too am completely amazed how confident and full of life Kera is considering she is just a little teeny baby. She has already got the dogs under her control and most definately rules the roost!! The dogs for me were a worry not so much our girl Stella.. she was the best of friends with horrace, he used to sleep on top of her (big dog.. lots of warmth lol)! Murphy on the other hand is still just a puppy only recently turned one and finds Kera most amusing and is desparate to join in with her gamesand play, the thing with danes is they have this tendancy to wallop you with their big paws.. but have to say Kera is totally unphased by him!

I'm sure Casper and her will sort themselves our very quickly! I dont think you'll have much to worry about.

Look forward to seeing lots more pics of her and casper.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:05 pm 
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Vix206 wrote:
Such great advice, thank you! On the breeders advice I am actually keeping Izzy in a large puppy cage when she is sleepy and Casper is coming in and watching her. His body language is very good and earlier on I turned my back and when I turned around they were touching noses!

They are getting used to each others smell now and I am feeding them wet food every morning and night in the same room (with Izzy always in cage) and they are eating with no problems.

I really feel they want to get to know each other but are both wary.

Sounds like they are making great progress already! I'm sure they'll be friends soon. When I let them together without the barrier for the first time, I try to do it during a play session and distract them with toys and petting when they get too fixed onto each other. That usually works well to redirect their attention. But it's normal for them to be wary at first. They might even ignore you and the toys, so it's important to watch their body language. I find that they often just freeze and sit and stare for a while. It's a good sign if they eventually relax and maybe start grooming and yawning.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:18 pm 
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Sounds like they are making great progress already! I'm sure they'll be friends soon. When I let them together without the barrier for the first time, I try to do it during a play session and distract them with toys and petting when they get too fixed onto each other. That usually works well to redirect their attention. But it's normal for them to be wary at first. They might even ignore you and the toys, so it's important to watch their body language. I find that they often just freeze and sit and stare for a while. It's a good sign if they eventually relax and maybe start grooming and yawning.


Yay! That's exactly what's happening now so that's good to hear. Izzy actually yawned and wentto sleep and Casper sits and stares for about 15 mins then gets bored and goes off for a lie down. If he goes too close to the cage things tense up a bit but nothing to write home about.


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awww she's a little sweetie!

sounds like it won't be long before they accept each other too :D


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She is gorgeous. I love her fabulous golden colour.

I'm sure she and Casper will be best of friends soon when he realises that a new arrival doesn't mean you love him any less. :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:27 pm 
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We just let them out freely together and I think it went really well!

They touched noses about 5 separate times, Casper growled very quietly once but apart from that no bad body language or problems at all! She wanted to smell his behind (sorry if TMI!) but he didn't like that. Izzy was the keen one, she kept running up to him at full speed and he wasn't so keen but at least willing to let her be near him and touch his nose.

They also ate their whiskas about 1 ft apart, until Isra decided she wanted Caspers and then (to his credit) rather than react badly he walked away. I sense she thinks she might be the boss!

I am so pleased, more of the same tomorrow I hope!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:38 pm 
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That sounds really encouraging andit's great that Casper seems to be tolerating her as well as he is. It often is the kitten who is the most bold - Casoer might not be quite so patient when he wants a nap and Izzy wants to run round like a crazy thing.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:51 pm 
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OKay thought I'd post an update. Today they have been together freely for a total of around 3 hours (broken into sessions of around half an hour).

They ate together twice, and touched noses many times. Casper hissed a couple of times and batted Izzy twice as well but not with malice & there were no claws. It was just when she jumped on him or went for his tail. She is totally fearless she just lunges at him wildly!

By the end of the night they were tentatively playing with each other in their crinkly tunnel. I am so pleased. And Casper is accepting treats and strokes from me today for the 1st time since Izzy moved in so I am hoping things are really starting to settle.

Re being fearless, does/did anyone else's 13-week old kitten get downstairs by basically throwing themselves down and tumbling?? Cos Izzy does and its flipping scary! I've had to put a duvet at the bottom so she doesn't bang herself on the Victorian tile floor as its very hard! She just launches herself into everything head first and seems to think she is invincible!


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Vix206 wrote:
Re being fearless, does/did anyone else's 13-week old kitten get downstairs by basically throwing themselves down and tumbling?? Cos Izzy does and its flipping scary! I've had to put a duvet at the bottom so she doesn't bang herself on the Victorian tile floor as its very hard! She just launches herself into everything head first and seems to think she is invincible!


Yep that sounds just like Daisy - she sees something and goes for it without bothering to check the dangers in between :D She's now 14 months old and hasn't got any more sensible. Her sister Dolly is much more thoughtful and weighs things up before she makes any decisions.

Great to hear how quickly Izzy and Casper have settled. I'm sure there will be challenges along the way but the rewards will far out-weigh them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:08 pm 
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Just checking in to let you all know that its still going really well. They are never more than 3 ft from each other, they aren't cuddling up yet but Casper did let Izzy groom him for a few seconds earlier and they are playing, eating and sleeping together very happily.

I am so happy because the whole reason for having Izzy was to give Casper some company and he really does seem happier than he has done for a long time, since his sister died.

For anyone who is as silly as me, I keep a blog 'for Casper' over on Livejournal if anyone wants to read. It is silly :oops: but I know I'm with fellow cat slaves so hopefully you won't think I'm too crazy!

http://casper-garlick.livejournal.com/


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