How to Acclimate a Second Cat

Here at The Refined Feline there is no such thing as the “crazy cat lady”. We LOVE cats. However, when deciding to add a new feline family member it can be a tricky situation. You want everyone living in your home to be happy and comfortable whether they are covered in fur or not. So, if you are thinking of adding a second cat into your home here are some helpful steps to acclimate your new friend to their new home, while assuring your first cat feels safe and loved.

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1. Quarantine the newcomer. As soon as you bring the new kitty home, put the new cat in a ‘sanctuary room’ (the room can be a bedroom, or even just a bathroom if you’re lacking room). There’s no need to alarm yet. Allow the new cat to get comfortable in its new surroundings.

2. Don’t allow the old cat into the room for the time being. Your old cat may discover there’s a new cat in its territory and decide to lurk by the door. Bribe him away from it with playtime, as it may cause unnecessary stress to both cats. Wait until the new cat is used to the room it is in.

3. Help your new cat to acclimate to the scent of the old cat using footwear. After a couple days have gone by, rub a small clothing item (such as a sock) all over the old cat, to pick up its scent. Then place it in with the new cat. Watch the reaction. Hissing is normal, but if the new cat is okay with the old-cat-scented sock, praise the new cat and give it a treat.

4. Do the same thing, only use a new sock and rub the new cat, then place the sock near your old cat. Hissing is likely to occur. Praise your cat and give it a treat when it calms down.

5. Leave the socks with the two cats for several days if they showed a bad reaction. If they both were okay with it (as in, showed little to no reaction), then you can begin allowing them to see each other.

6. Place your old cat in a room (such as a bathroom) temporarily. Allow the new cat to come out and explore the house without your old cat becoming stressed and possibly harming the new cat. Once the new cat has checked the house out, put it back in the sanctuary room. Now allow your old cat out and watch its reaction. It may become very upset, as it can sense that another cat was on its territory. Allow several days for your old cat to get over it. If your old cat had a good (meaning none) reaction, proceed to next step. If not, repeat.

7. Stack two baby gates on top of each other in the doorway to the sanctuary room, to ensure neither cat can get to the other. Let your old cat discover the new cat in the room on its own. If they both show good reactions, praise them and give them a treat. If not, shut the door and try again some other time.

8. Keep the gates up for a while. You can now leave the baby gates up and the two can meet and greet as they please. After several days have passed, you can allow the two to meet with no barrier. Place them both in a room so you can supervise. If they have a good reaction towards each other, that’s good! If not, go back to step seven and allow them to become more comfortable with each other. Only allow them about ten minutes or so for the first meeting. You can gradually increase it as the days go on, but you don’t want them to become agitated.

9. Work slowly towards the goal. After having only supervised visits in a room for a week or two, if they’re both having positive interactions, then you can allow the new cat out of the sanctuary room permanently. If they’re having negative reactions, then go back and continue slowly introducing them. By following these steps, chances are that your cats will live together in harmony. If they’re still fighting or not getting along, try completely reintroducing them. Some cats will take longer than others.

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Pets and Pet Parents

November 13, 2013 by · Comments Off
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Looking for a great stocking stuffer for your favorite furry friend? Or maybe for your favorite pet-owner? We have picked a few of our favorites for all types of pets and owners!

 

1. Pink Cat Zooquarium Fish Bowl www.therefinedfin.com

2. BarkBox Gift Box Subscription www.barkbox.com

3. Water Walker 3 in 1 Dog Leash with Water Bottle, Bowl, and Waste Bags www.therefinedcanine.com

4. Pet Greens Organic Cat Treats www.petgreens.com

5. Handmade Octopus Cat Nip Toy www.etsy.com

6. The Paw Wash Brushless Paw Washer and Microfiber Mitt www.thepawwash.com

Kitty Ball Bed wins Cat Fancy Editors’ Choice Award

December 28, 2012 by · Comments Off
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Once again The Refined Feline has won a Cat Fancy Editors’ Choice award. This year it was for our Kitty Ball Bed in Bamboo. This product was recognized for its beautiful design, eco-friendly construction, and of course as a great bed for cats to climb into and curl up.  Find more information here: http://www.therefinedfeline.com/kitty-ball-cat-bed.html

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2012 Cat Fancy Award Winner

 

The Cats of Cementerio de la Recoleta

October 13, 2012 by · Comments Off
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On a recent trip to Buenos Aires we visited the Cementerio de la Recoleta, final resting placed of many notable Argentines including Eva Perón. Roaming these impressive tombs we found several felines. Much like the Queen’s Guard of Buckingham Palace, these cemetery guardians seemed to ignore the close-up photographs from tourists, sitting perfectly still in their perches. We only assume their duty is to keep the ghost of these tombs in check when the sun goes down.

Introducing the Water Walker All-in-One Dog Leash

May 28, 2012 by · Comments Off
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In the Summer time, what’s more annoying than carrying a water bottle along with your dog leash. You want to keep a free hand but unless you have a third you’re out of luck. Introducing an innovative product called the Water Walker Dog Leash. It combines a retractable dog leash with a water bottle and waste bag dispenser. It’s completely one of its kind!

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