Might be easier to find a new apartment than to make peace between cats
February 27, 2012 8:40 PM Subscribe
My cat is old and is used to being the queen of the house. But my roommate is about to introduce her old cat to the house, and I'm concerned. What steps do I need to take to minimize problems and stress?
My cat is 16 years old and lives a quiet life as the only cat in the apartment. She's declawed (I know, I know) and has been an indoors cat all her life.
My roommate has a 17 year-old cat that lives with her parents. The parents are moving and have to give up the cat, so she's moving in with us. This cat is an outdoors cat and has claws.
I've tried introducing my cat to other cats in the past and it's gone disastrously. Lots of hissing, fighting the strangers when they get too close, and general stress. I'm worried about this new one and am wondering if you have any tips.
1) Any tips on how to minimize the fighting, especially at the outset? (Both are female cats, and at least one has been spayed, if that matters.)
2) Do I need to worry about the fact that new cat has been outdoors and old cat is indoor? (You are not my vet, but general tips would be appreciated.)
3) Do I need to worry that new cat has claws and old cat doesn't when it comes to the fighting?