Took in a semi-feral stray, have two cats already
(long beach, ny)
hi there -
i recently (this week) took in a semi-feral stray cat. she had been coming to my house since right after the hurricane on the east coast. she was coming everyday, 2-4 times for food. i decided to do TNR but instead of releasing her, i took her in.
right now, she's in a large cage in one of our rooms. we've begun to leave the door open to the room because she's actually begun to acclimate a bit to us.
i have two other cats that are a 1 1/2 years old. they are from the same litter and have been here since they were about 4 months.
one walks over by the door and will sit or sleep there, watching her and sometimes hissing/growling. the other cat has sat a lot further away and done the same.
i have two questions:
1. she's been crying out all day. not a hiss or anything close to that. more of a cry. when we go to the room, she settles down.
2. how and when will my cats go to meet her? she is definitely interested and more okay with them in some ways than my husband and me.
i know it takes time and patience. it is also very stressful and i feel very badly for her, even though all my intentions are great and i am feeding her and giving her shelter.
any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
well i think you have partly answered your own question here. It is very early days for her in this new environment and she is probably not use to being kept inside all the time let alone in a cage so the crying is her calling you for some reassurance etc. All you can do is to make sure she does have toys to keep her amused and if you can you can let her out into the room with you for periods during the day so that she can explore and get her bearing etc.
As for your other cats well you have already started the introductory process. it may be a little early really as she needs some more time to get used to her surroundings more first.
Basically though the process for introducing cats is on this pagehttps://www.our-happy-cat.com/introducing-cats.html
Try not to stress as this will be picked up by your cats. take things slowly and calmly and over the coming weeks and months things will settle down. Do make sure she is spayed though as this could cause problems with your other cats.
best wishes kate