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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:49 pm 
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ok so i leave saturday for my cruise and my sister will be watching safari.....because my other plans fell threw at the last min :roll: .........well my sister owns a 8yr old male white fat cat.....i brought safari over there when he was a kitten and my sisters cat was not to fond of him, a fight didnt break out or anything just a lot of tension between them.....soo now that safari is bigger & older i was wondering how the introduction should go.....he will be over there for 5 whole days....my sister said she can just keep them in serprate rooms at all times but i feel that will be to much work on her....and to much safari crying to get out the room.....so i would rather them just get along for the short period of time...should they swap scents....should i tell her to wait a day? or two to finally let them met.....i know her cat has to understand that this is NOT pernament, its just a visiter...so i didnt know if the introduction had to last that long......any help would be great.....IM SOO nervous about leaving my baby behind!! :|

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:59 pm 
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I would have definitely suggested going over there and spending some time with her cat and Safari at her house beforehand while sort of having Safari "quarantined". You don't want to give Safari the run of Shrimp's territory or it could cause him a lot of unnecessary stress, especially being he is an older cat. I know you don't have too much time before you leave at this point but if she is close by you should take the time to go visit and do a brief introduction before you drop Safari off. This is what we made sure to do with Echoplexia who will be watching our cats when we leave for our week long cruise in December. =) We gave them a play date so that they were not ENTIRELY strange to each other while Bauer and Dex stay there and their smells are throughout her place and on her and her boyfriend.

If at all possible I think it may actually be a better idea to keep them in separate quarters while Safari is visiting, while she still makes sure to give Safari plenty of attention. I think it's good to have an intro or two and maybe supervised visits (lol the way that sounds) so that they are well aware that one another exists, but like I mentioned before, Safari and all of his rambunctiousness (is that even a word?) may be too much for Shrimp to handle on a constant basis and it may become far too overwhelming for him; which wouldn't be very fair because it is HIS home.

Maybe give both boys lots of treats when they ARE around one another so they can associate playing nice with goodies! :D

Speaking of association and positive reinforcement, I know it may sound mean, but if she leaves Safari in the room and does not go into him every time he cries he WILL eventually get over it and quiet down more than likely. Perhaps if she has a spare room in her house with a bed she can even go sleep in there with him at night and keep him down if you are concerned with him sleeping alone and becoming lonely? If this is not possible though you definitely do not want her to cause him to associate his crying with getting attention or she will have one hell of a week on her hands. :wink:

Hope this helps, and that you enjoy your cruise! Can't wait for ours! :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:13 pm 
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THANKS SOOO MUCH!!! BUT LET ME TELL YOU!!! sooooo this whole time my BFs sister was going to watch safari shes been knowing this for a month now bc she doesnt have any animals sooo i been taking the cat over there alot so he can get used to her and using her toliet and that good stuff....well i just found out she got a dog from the shelter 2 days ago :evil: :evil: i was soo mad because we leave in 4 days and she couldnt even wait to get the dog til after she was done cat sitting....so i brought safari over there to met the dog....well the dog HATES safari soo there was no way i was going to leave him there with a mean dog.....soooo at the last mintute i had to ask my sister to do it....i was so mad because if i would of known this i could of been brigning safari to my sisters to get him comfortable over there.....now i pretty much have to run to my sisters house ( a hour away) drop my angel off and leave :cry: :cry: but i think its great you remembered shrimps name :wink: ...my sister is amazing with her cat so i know she will treat safari well....i just didnt want her to have to take turns seperating them....plus i know safari loves animals and would want to play with shrimp...but shrimp most prob wouldnt want to play....but my sister deff knows if she lets them hang out it will be SUPERVISED ONLY :) well my sister lives with her boyfriend so hopefully she can sleep in the bed with safari and her bf can sleep in the other bed so safari wont be so lonely..... or maybe they all four can sleep on one bed ( only in a dream) :roll: but thanks for the advice

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:19 pm 
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SAFARI MOM wrote:
THANKS SOOO MUCH!!! BUT LET ME TELL YOU!!! sooooo this whole time my BFs sister was going to watch safari shes been knowing this for a month now bc she doesnt have any animals sooo i been taking the cat over there alot so he can get used to her and using her toliet and that good stuff....well i just found out she got a dog from the shelter 2 days ago :evil: :evil: i was soo mad because we leave in 4 days and she couldnt even wait to get the dog til after she was done cat sitting....so i brought safari over there to met the dog....well the dog HATES safari soo there was no way i was going to leave him there with a mean dog.....soooo at the last mintute i had to ask my sister to do it....i was so mad because if i would of known this i could of been brigning safari to my sisters to get him comfortable over there.....now i pretty much have to run to my sisters house ( a hour away) drop my angel off and leave :cry: :cry: but i think its great you remembered shrimps name :wink: ...my sister is amazing with her cat so i know she will treat safari well....i just didnt want her to have to take turns seperating them....plus i know safari loves animals and would want to play with shrimp...but shrimp most prob wouldnt want to play....but my sister deff knows if she lets them hang out it will be SUPERVISED ONLY :) well my sister lives with her boyfriend so hopefully she can sleep in the bed with safari and her bf can sleep in the other bed so safari wont be so lonely..... or maybe they all four can sleep on one bed ( only in a dream) :roll: but thanks for the advice


No problem! Hope you are able to work everything out. Now that you mention it i do remember you saying at one point that his sister was going to watch Safari. What a pain in the butt. "In laws" can get like that though. Heh.

Of course I remembered shrimp's name! I love that name! :lol: :lol: :lol:

That sucks that your sis lives an hour away or I would definitely suggest making it over there before then. Brett has a stupid bat/bar mitzvah to go to the day before we leave for the cruise and Echoplexia and her boyfriend live almost an hour away as well, but because he is going to this thing (and the people were kind enough to make it on a Saturday from early morning to 7pm :evil: /sarcasm) we have to run the babies over to her as soon as he gets out of that thing and drop them off and go so he wont even be with them all day Saturday before we go away for the week.

I feel ya though. I am such an organized person that I can't STAND when things get in the way of my initial plans and screw everything up. What a pain!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:46 pm 
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me too!!! i had this all planned out it was working wonderful and than BOOM!! im like you have got to be kidding me!!! :evil: :evil: i would of tried to make it to my sisters before than but i just found all this out on tuesday and i dont ever get off work til 5.....plus this week we have been getting last mintute things done before we leave....i just been so aggravated about the whole situation...... and yeah i had plans on playing with safari all that day and then bringing him BF sisters... now i have to wake up early drive a hour away...stay for a little while then take off to new orleans before my ship leaves....such a pain...im getting the Mexico mintues on my phone though so i can call and check up on my baby :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:50 pm 
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SAFARI MOM wrote:
me too!!! i had this all planned out it was working wonderful and than BOOM!! im like you have got to be kidding me!!! :evil: :evil: i would of tried to make it to my sisters before than but i just found all this out on tuesday and i dont ever get off work til 5.....plus this week we have been getting last mintute things done before we leave....i just been so aggravated about the whole situation...... and yeah i had plans on playing with safari all that day and then bringing him BF sisters... now i have to wake up early drive a hour away...stay for a little while then take off to new orleans before my ship leaves....such a pain...im getting the Mexico mintues on my phone though so i can call and check up on my baby :lol:


That's good! I think I am going to be too bummed about the boys not being with us to enjoy myself 24/7. lol. We will be in the Caribbean and unable to get ahold of them, more than likely. =(

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:07 pm 
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thats where iam going too :mrgreen: well i will most prob be intoxicated majorty of the time...so hopefully that keeps my mind off of worrying about safari.....but im going to get the mexico mins just incase of emeregency & to check up....im crazy like that :lol: even if it was a emerengency theres nothing i could do all the way in mexico :roll: ...but i just manly want to call and make sure all is good. :wink:

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