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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper
    let her have her space in the basement, but leave the door open. If there are fights, let them have at it, get some feliaway plug ins for temper tantrum easing, they are not cheap. But they do work, my 3 , 2 boys are large and the little girl is small, she hates one male as he bites her to get his way, his previous owner had him declawed, She is the sweetest thing, but all of a sudden she stays up front and the boys stay in my bed, found tooth bite son her. she hisses and bats at him, but when he bites, she runs and keeps to herself. keep a bottle of spray water on hand to disclipine. the plugins are at petsmart or petco
    Yeah, that's the way mine are--the 2 boys are big and she's small. She's so small that my bil used to tease me telling me he was going to report me to the SPCA because I wasn't feeding her! He called her my "Clipart Cat". When she came back I had her spayed but she only got wider--no taller. Now she looks like a football with 4 legs! The only difference is that the boys are actually friendly and laid back (they came from a multi-cat household)--she's the one that doesn't like them! I actually have to watch her around children because she doesn't like to be picked up and will scratch or bite if held longer than 3 seconds...you can do anything to the boys.

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    I would discourage cat fights as the Vet bills for resulting infection can run you big time--------1000.00 for me last time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    Lyn, you give some really good advice. So here's one for you. I have a 9 year old very small female princess (tuxedo cat). I got her when my sister died for comfort and I spoiled the crap out of her, I also had a large male cat who was 7 at the time she came along and we just put him down at 16 because of medical issues, anyway, they got along fine, but she was starting to bother him because he was old and she wasn't.

    With the older cat gone, my female is lonely, I think, because she is sleeping in his spots where his smell is. Will she get over it or do I need to run out and get another cat for her and will she accept another cat at this point. Is it ok to be a one cat household or do they really want company?
    First of all thank you for your confidence in me. Second of all I am sorry for your loss. This picture is of my two boys who never knew each other at first but got along famously. The orange one, Diego, died suddenly of a heart attack. The grey brown one, Freckles, had a tough time of it. He would sleep in every place they had been. He even laid at the front door where Diego had collapsed. It was tough. My thoughts are if you are home a lot you can see if after a while your baby can get over it. It took Freckles 3 months. I had other cats that helped him play. If your female is having troubles and you don't mind having another cat, I would look into a12 to 16 week old kitten or really a teenager. The smell of mama is gone from the kitten. It will make your female young again even though at first she will hiss and fuss. I feel cats are better in twos (although I have taken that to the extreme :) ) The best toy you can get for a cat is another cat. Oh yeah, Freckles has bonded with the most crotchety old smelly female I have. She hates him. She snarls and hisses at him but he loves her anyways by rubbing his head on hers.
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    Lot's of great things here....thinking I may send this thread to my husband, because he is OVER this entire experience, and there only STILL three cats in the house because I won't let any of them leave. We took them in, they are family and you know what, I have family members that are just as irritating (although they don't PEE everywhere!!!)

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    [quote=mommafank]Wanted to share a home recipe for removing cat urine smell-----it really works. I have tired several of those you buy and those are just scents that cover up and when gone well there remains the smell.
    http://www.catsofaustralia.com/urinestainremoval.htm

    The 'recipe' to get rid of cat urine just seems to make sense and a lot cheaper than buying the stuff at the store. Don't really want to use it but sort of can't wait to try it!!!

    And yes, I love my three cats!

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    Two things I'd try. First is make the 2 boys smell like the girl, and/or vice-versa. That's worked for me in the past, or take all three to the vet's office and let all three "pick up" the smell of the vet's office that is mixed in with many other animals. This seems to make a difference once they are all back home.

    The other thing is to install a temporary screen door on the room that the girl is in. (Use the existing hinges on the door frame) They can see one another, smell one another, but can't fight or get hurt.

    Good luck. Cats are difficult to figure out. I guess that's why we love them so.

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    Our son and daughter-in-law have a cat that was saved from having to go to the shelter. She spent the first year in their house upstairs. She was afraid of the other cats and the dogs. Gradually she would come down for a little while and then back upstairs. She's in there with all the rest now and loves everyone from the chihuahuas to the pit bull mix and the other cats, too. And they all love her, too. Give your baby time and she will come around sooner or later.

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    I have had cats all my life and whenever I added a new one to the group, I did not keep them seprate from each other. I just introduced them, played with them all for a while and left the room. Some cats become good friends some do not and will slap the one they do not like whenever they walk by but usually is not a hurting slap, just one to say "hey you are on my terf and I do not like you". Since you have kept them seperate I am not sure what you should do at this point. Make them spend time with each other for a few minutes in the kitchen? put all food bowls in same room. I have several outdoor cats that I have given them homes because they had to leave their former homes for some reason or other. I would put the new cat in a large cage like a ferret cage for a week so it could get used to other cats and the new home. It has worked out very well. The cats have a couple "cat houses" they can go into and the barn. It is kind of fun to watch them interact with each other and how friendly some are to others and how some are standoffish. Good luck. Take care
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyn
    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    Lyn, you give some really good advice. So here's one for you. I have a 9 year old very small female princess (tuxedo cat). I got her when my sister died for comfort and I spoiled the crap out of her, I also had a large male cat who was 7 at the time she came along and we just put him down at 16 because of medical issues, anyway, they got along fine, but she was starting to bother him because he was old and she wasn't.

    With the older cat gone, my female is lonely, I think, because she is sleeping in his spots where his smell is. Will she get over it or do I need to run out and get another cat for her and will she accept another cat at this point. Is it ok to be a one cat household or do they really want company?
    First of all thank you for your confidence in me. Second of all I am sorry for your loss. This picture is of my two boys who never knew each other at first but got along famously. The orange one, Diego, died suddenly of a heart attack. The grey brown one, Freckles, had a tough time of it. He would sleep in every place they had been. He even laid at the front door where Diego had collapsed. It was tough. My thoughts are if you are home a lot you can see if after a while your baby can get over it. It took Freckles 3 months. I had other cats that helped him play. If your female is having troubles and you don't mind having another cat, I would look into a12 to 16 week old kitten or really a teenager. The smell of mama is gone from the kitten. It will make your female young again even though at first she will hiss and fuss. I feel cats are better in twos (although I have taken that to the extreme :) ) The best toy you can get for a cat is another cat. Oh yeah, Freckles has bonded with the most crotchety old smelly female I have. She hates him. She snarls and hisses at him but he loves her anyways by rubbing his head on hers.

    Aawwww, your babies are adorable. I have always had two kitties and now just having one seems weird. We work all day and we don't let her out until we get home in the evening, so she only goes outside for about 4 hours a day during the week. I could go for another one, but my husband doesn't want pets at all but is resigned to the fact that he has no say at all. I just wanted to make sure that if I decided on not getting another kitty, that my Schmoo wouldn't be adversely affected by being alone.

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    Agree with both of these, but would like to add one thing. Take something -- blanket, towel, etc. something each have used on their own, and give the boys towel to her and her towel to the boys. That way they can trade scents. Also helps to put yourself in the mix by petting her then the boys and petting them and then her. This way it trades scents and they know that you are interacting with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz aka Helen
    I've got 9 cats and the only advice that I can say is give her time but you are going to have to let the boys harass her so that she will fight back and state her status. Let the fur fly as they say. She will let them know when she has had enough, believe me....ask me how I know....lol
    Exactly what she ^^^^ said. She has to 'prove' her position in the household. To the boys she is an intruder, to her the boys are intruders - sad to say - they are just going to have to fight it out. If you can, catch each of them and trim their nails. That will help with 'collateral' damage. They will work it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BARES
    Agree with both of these, but would like to add one thing. Take something -- blanket, towel, etc. something each have used on their own, and give the boys towel to her and her towel to the boys. That way they can trade scents. Also helps to put yourself in the mix by petting her then the boys and petting them and then her. This way it trades scents and they know that you are interacting with them.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    Quote Originally Posted by Liz aka Helen
    I've got 9 cats and the only advice that I can say is give her time but you are going to have to let the boys harass her so that she will fight back and state her status. Let the fur fly as they say. She will let them know when she has had enough, believe me....ask me how I know....lol
    Exactly what she ^^^^ said. She has to 'prove' her position in the household. To the boys she is an intruder, to her the boys are intruders - sad to say - they are just going to have to fight it out. If you can, catch each of them and trim their nails. That will help with 'collateral' damage. They will work it out.
    Never thought to do that, I'll try that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    My cats are gone now, but I had a male and a female. They never did like each other, but kind of ignored each other.
    I have a male and a female cat. When they were small they liked each other very much. Now the female is the alpha and beats up on the male when he tries to walk past her or come in the cat door. When they're both inside they have their own space. They still don't like each other, but one sleeps on our bed and the other on a chair in the living room next to my chair. As long as they don't invade the other one's space, they do okay and have for five years.

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    They will either work it out or they will ignore each other. They may never stop hissing at each other but they can co-exist in the same area. Give them time, lots of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour
    http://www.catsofaustralia.com/urinestainremoval.htm

    The 'recipe' to get rid of cat urine just seems to make sense and a lot cheaper than buying the stuff at the store. Don't really want to use it but sort of can't wait to try it!!!

    And yes, I love my three cats!
    I use just hydrogen peroxide for urine spots from our very old dog, and it's amazingly effective. Cat urine might need this more complicated formula. Luckily, I haven't had to test it yet.

    But before anyone uses hydrogen peroxide on a carpet, be sure to test it on a swatch or in a hidden place, such in a closet, because it might bleach out some carpets.

    I leave it to soak in because it needs to penetrate into the backing in order to do any good.

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    If I can put it in the washer, I use the same soap I use on my husband's hunting clothes to take the scent away. It has worked well so far. I think I have only had to rewash things one time and I figure that may have been fabric content.
    My female cat got caught in the laundry room one time and she peed on a pile of laundry on the floor now she wants to pee in that spot all the time so I have to keep the door closed.

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    Hints from a Mom to4,now.

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    Hints from a Mom to4, We found the first cat thinks she owns you. Has her own litter box, then my GD dropped off a cat so little, First cat tolerated the newcomer as she still ruled. They both grew up and of course we had the operation. They are outside cats unless its bad weather. During the bad snow and so cold someone left a small female cat on our corner. We are the only house close. Being an old softy I took her in made appt for her surgery. Came into season. She had 5 adorable kittens. We got one a good home and kept one very smart and so pretty one. Took the rest to the vet so he gets them homes. The older cats tolerate Baby cat and Muffin. They are outside as they will not share a litter box. When baby comes in she runs to a dark place and does her job. I have tried spraying her with water. It did not work. I noticed like babies they go right after they eat. So be quick if you bring them in. They will decide who the alpha cat is..

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    Cat bites!! I was bitten by one of mine 7 weeks ago - six weeks of antibiotics, two hospital stays, & one surgery later - I still am not back to normal - worst - I can't quilt since its on my right middle finger & I'm right handed.
    The emergency doctor said 80% of cat bites become infected! I can attest to that!

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