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Old 08-12-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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I have two cats, my girlfriend one. One of mine was a stray I found at my girlfriends and took to my house, the other is one I took when a friend of mine deceased.

My girlfriend will be in the hospital for at least another week. Two days ago, I brought my g/f's cat to stay with me. Put her in a separate room with food, water and a liter box. Put a baby gate up and figured she would stay there. I should have put another one on top of that because she leaped over it and is now out with the other two cats. My first cat is a bit of a bully and still bullies my inherited one. No real fighting but she will charge her.

My g/f's cat is normally timid. She found a hidey hole under the end table and has stayed there. I put some food and water near her. I cant grab her because, with her fear, I think she will lash out.

So, great knowledable cat people, what should I do. My cats, for the most part, are ignorning her but the bully did charge her last night. Leave my g/f's cat alone to sort it out or try to capture her and secure her in the other room?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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Never mind.

When I finished this post she walked into the spare room herself and two baby gates are up. She will be fine now.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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glad that it resolved itself! Cats are clever, I hope 2 baby gates wil keep her in.

~Katy
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I was gonna say you should dress her up in a pretty dress and bonnet, call her Kitty Katty and hope the other cats act like Charlie.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:04 AM
 
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Great idea. Im going to get her a prison stripe uniform. Then take pictures of her and post them all over.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Never mind.

When I finished this post she walked into the spare room herself and two baby gates are up. She will be fine now.
They "just know" - wait till you take the time to write about your dilemma and then resolve it themselves. LOL
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:38 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I was gonna say you should dress her up in a pretty dress and bonnet, call her Kitty Katty and hope the other cats act like Charlie.
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Great idea. Im going to get her a prison stripe uniform. Then take pictures of her and post them all over.
Now that is funny.

OP, when I brought Charlie to the house, I put him in the guest bedroom like you did, but in the beginning I kept the door closed. This way, the cats can smell each other but not quite see one another and not feel as threatened.

I fed them on either side of the door so that they would associate the smell of the other cat with a good thing....food and eating.

I started out feeding them several feet from the door and got closer and closer. You can tell if they feel threatened, they will hiss and growl.

I would not put it past any of the cats to be able to get over 2 baby gates. Charlie was not able to jump but he was able to climb the gate once I put it up.

We did that so that they could take the next step to seeing the other cat while eating but still having a barrier.

They did very well and in a much shorter time period than we expected.

I hope your gf has a speedy recovery.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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Actually my first cat and her cat have met several times already. I have brought my cat to her house on occasion. They know each other...at least the scent.

I partially closed the door to hopefully stop her from leaping onto the gates.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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I suppose a young cat might get over 2 baby gates. It's pretty unlikely though. It would have to be a young small cat predisposed to serious climbing I think, and may depend upon the design of the gates. The biggest problem is you have to take the upper one down each time you want to go in.

I had a swing-open gate that we got when another cat joined us. Amber could get over it turns out, so what I eventually got instead of a second gate was a couple of spring tension curtain rods. These positioned carefully above the baby gate prevented her from getting over, making it just high enough.

BTW, yes, if the door can close I would do that at first anyway. Baby gate is typically something you progress to after having the door closed for a few days or more. Although I see now you say they have met before which maybe helps a little but still I don't think it would be wrong to keep the door shut if necessary.

Good luck and hope everything is okay with your girlfriend.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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and she escaped again. I had a feeling she might be able to go over the two gates. She is more a ground cat but can move when she wants. She simply opened the door and swam out of Alcatraz.

She is on her own now. Heard some hisses before but she doesnt seem as frightened. They will have to sort it out themselves.
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