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We adopted a new cat - 9-yr-old female - Muffin. We have 3 other cats: 8-yr-old male, 11-yr-old mai

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Muffin is healthy and has been up for adoption for a long time. We love her and want to keep her, but be fair to the other cats.

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    People live amiably with several cats at a time. However, athough it's commendable that you want to give her a forever home, the decision to add another cat is one that should not be made lightly or out of pity for the shelter cat. The shelter staff needs to make sure Muffin will fit in with your lifestyle and home. She may not have the personality to be a "multiple". Here are some caveats before you finalize the adoption: You must take the introduction slowly. Keep Muffin in a room by herself for as long as it takes for the others to accept her. Let her out of her room to explore and close the others in to accustom themselves to her scent. Be prepared that in some cases, too many cats will cause the others to start spraying. She will need her own litter box. Speak to the people at the shelter or to your vet for hands-on advice on how to make this successful. If you've already brought her home, do your best to make it work. Taking her back will be traumatizing to her.
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