Integrating new cats into an existing cat domicile
May 9, 2006 2:56 AM Subscribe
CatFilter: I have a one-eyed (somewhat overly affectionate) male cat and a new roommate moving in. New roomie has two cats, one adult male and one 8 month old female. I know all the standard ways to introduce them, but the circumstances have me a little worried.
My cat has been an only cat for three years. I adopted him right after he had the surgery to remove his eye - apparently a coyote bit him in the face and he somehow survived, and someone brought him to the shelter, where they surgically removed the eye. He's fine with depth perception, can jump onto high things, and is perfectly happy chasing the holy beejeezus out of his tail. He also is very happy to accept any sort of petting from pretty much any human. He has met a neighbor's cat several times and was not aggressive, just curious and sniffy.
I'm worried because a) I haven't lived with him in a multi-cat household, so I don't know how he'll react; b) I'm introducing two cats here, one of whom is also an alpha male in his existing household; c) he's very needy and affectionate with humans (he yowls if I leave the room and he can't figure out where I went, for example), so I am concerned that he will be upset if attention is being paid to other cats and not to him.
Any tips on bringing multiple new cats into an existing cat household? It's a loft space, so there's lots of open space for kitties to explore but not a lot of places where they can hide from each other. I just want to make sure all the kitties are happy!