January 27 2014

Dear Catty,
I have six well loved cats. Do you know of any reasonable way to provide for their being rehomed in the event something happens to me? ASPCA no longer offers the option of housing them and it would be cheaper to leave them my house than to use the Texas A&M option.
Hopefully yours,
Equally Cat Crazy

Hi Equally Cat Crazy,
​Sadly this situation is not talked about enough, and this is a tough and serious subject. You are being a responsible cat parent looking for a solution in advance. If you don't have family or friends willing to help, I would check online resources such as this link to get you started: http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/bringing-a-dog-home/providing-pets-future/  There are also organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, Cat House on the Kings etc., that may be able to help with rehoming. Yes, Texas A&M's Stevenson Animal Life Care Center has an option for your cats to live out their lives in a home environment with a fee. Here is the link:  http://vetmed.tamu.edu/stevenson-center  You could also set up a Pet Trust, and leave someone in charge of managing the trust for your cats.  http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/pet-trusts.html  Whatever you do, providing detailed direction in your will or trust, is recommended, so your wishes will be met.  Research will need to be done so you find the right solution for you.

Purrs & Hairballs,


Ask the Crazy Cat Lady

January 14 2014

Dear Catty

I want to adopt an adult cat, but I have been told that a kitten is easier to train.  I have a senior cat and want them to get along.


Want Them to Be Friends

Dear Want Them to Be Friends,

Good question.  A kitten can be a handful, so I caution you on bringing a kitten into your home with a senior cat.  Kittens have a lot of energy and can drive your older cats nuts, plus you won't know what their true personality will be.
I recommend an adult cat, as their behavioral traits will be more obvious from the start.  With proper introduction, it should all go well.

Purrs and Hairballs,


​​​​​​​​​​​Going FFAR to Rescue Pets in Need

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Dear CCL
This has been on my mind for some time now .. I have 2 beautiful cats, both rescues, and they get along really well together. I would love to adopt another cat but I'm not sure how to introduce the new cat to my existing cats? And what if they don't like each other? Do you have any helpful hints to share about bringing a new cat into the house? Also, my cats are both spayed females - would it be better to adopt male or female?
Want more cats in McKinney

​First of all, kudos to you for rescuing your two existing fur babies.  Aren’t rescued pets the best???  Your question is a very common one.  A lot of people want another cat, but worry about disrupting the dynamic in their home by bringing in a new furry sibling.  If done the right way, I see no problems with adding another cat to your household. 

First and foremost, you will need to decide if you want to bring in an adult cat or a kitten.  If your current two cats are older and pretty much couch potatoes, I wouldn’t suggest bringing a kitten into the mix.  A young, playful, active kitten may annoy your cats, especially if the most exercise they tend to get on a daily basis is walking to and from their food bowl.  If they are younger and pretty active, then go for a kitten. 

Now once you bring the new cat home, don’t put him in the middle of the living room and expect everyone to get along, because I can guarantee that won’t happen.  Cats are very sensitive to change, so it’s best if the introduction is done slowly to help them adjust. 

First, make sure that you keep your new cat or kitten in a small room when you first bring her home.  I suggest either a bathroom or laundry room for at least the first 24-48 hours.  She will have gone through a huge transition and may be somewhat frightened at first.  If she has a small room where she can feel safe, that will help her adjust better.  After a couple of days in the room, she may start to get curious.  Your existing cats may also notice that there is something going on behind the closed door.  This is when you can start slowly doing an introduction.  

You’ll want to make sure that both the new and existing cats have positive experiences associated with meeting each other.  I have found that feeding both the new and existing cats near the door of the isolation room is the best way to make the first introduction.  That way both the new and existing cats associate food (a good thing) with each other.  You can also have play sessions and give treats to each of the cats near the isolation door.  Another thing that will help everyone get used to each other is to do something called “site swapping”.  Take the new cat and allow her to explore the house and place the existing cats in the isolation room.  This will help all of them get used to each other’s smells.  
As long as you are committed to slowly integrating the new cat into your household, you should have no issue with everyone eventually getting along.  The key is to watch their reactions and take as much time as needed to make each cat feel that they are a loved and welcome member of the family and that the new addition does not threaten that in any way. 
To answer your question as to whether you should adopt a male or a female, adopt the cat that you feel would make your family complete.  Most of the time, it does not matter whether or not a cat is male or female. Once the cat is spayed or neutered, it no longer recognizes herself as a male or female cat do to the lack of hormones. 
 All the best to you and your potential new furry family member.  Thanks for considering a rescue and not a breeder! 
​Purrs and hairballs,Catty