What did DH and I get ourselves into and did we do the right thing?
A homeless and rather starving cat found its way to mom and dad's house about a week ago. Well, they began feeding her and mom asked DH and me if we would be interested in adopting her. They couldn't take her because they have Buddy the faithful Golden Retriever and also Bee the faithful Cockatiel. And grams won't take another pet, not after the loss of her beloved parrot a few years ago.
Well had been pondering getting Peepers a playmate but weren't really ready but when mom asked us we thought "hey maybe this is a sign". So we got the cat and named her Pebbles, and took her to the Vet yesterday and had $182 worth of work done on her, had her spayed, checked, and got her all the vaccinations. Even bought her a new pet carrier, litter box, and the things she would need. We put her and her toys, bedding and such in the spare room and closed the door. She was drugged up last night and of course our "Everything Cat Book" says that you need to keep the cats segregated for a short period of time so as not to upset them too much by throwing them together too quickly. We plan to keep Pebbles in the spare room for a week or so, and hopefully while we're at work Peepers will not start clawing at the door to get in there.
Well Pebbles is a fine cat, very skinny so we feed her and she loves to be petted and roll around on the floor, much like Peepers. The problem is that when we put her in the carrier this morning so DH could take her to get her nails trimmed, Peepers who was watching carefully, started hissing and the two cats began hissing and then incessantly meowing. I think Peepers routine is slightly messed up. We pet her and play with her and make sure she knows she's still "top cat" but what I have to know from those of you experienced multi-kitty owners is...did we do the right thing? Only after the fact did I read that a cat who hides from people whoc ome in the house (as Peepers does) probably shouldn't have another cat in the house. I thought I'd done my homework till I read that statement.
Every cat is different and every situation is too and they may just get along but honestly right now along with everything I have going on in my life I now have to worry that I'm going to wind up with soiled carpets (in a rental home!!), sleepless cats, and a messed up routine, all because DH and I had goot intentions.
DH says that they will just have to learn to get along, that giving Pebbles a new home isn't an option. Let's hope it ALL works out but I would appreciate advice from the cat owner bloggers out there who have been there, done that!