I have two cats right now, one just about a year old and the other maybe one and a half. Both fixed males. A friend is worried about a very cute cat named Puff that was thrown out of his home by a neighbor. Puff was having trouble locating the litterbox.

My understanding is that the neighbors had 6 cats (now 5) and aren't the best about cleaning the litterbox. I'm not sure how many boxes there were but cleanliness may have been a problem. I do not believe that they checked to see if there was a medical problem.

Puff is fixed, about a year old and fairly long haired. Adorable and sweet. He is supposed to have had his shots. They're still sort of taking care of him and he hangs out outside their house so he still gets some food but my friend is worried that winter is coming. Plus, Puff has a tendency to take naps in the street.
I figure that I can maybe give it a trial run but my understanding is that each additional cat causes problems to multiply geometrically. Clearly Puff will need a trip to the vet just to make sure that he is negative for bad things and probably to de-flea him. Plus, could I turn him out if it doesn't work? Well, yes if he's permanently down on litterboxes.
I have a small house but there is certainly plenty of room for three cats. But I have two litterboxes now (yes, I know the formula is #ofCats+1) and do not plan on adding any more.
My friend would take him in but she has a 17yo cat and doesn't want him to have to deal with a newcomer, so I get the guilt trip.

So, what to you think? I'm an idiot even to be considering this, right?
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They threw him OUT?? Egad. Number one, get some Feliway, to ease the transition. Fix Puff up a room with a box for himself. You may not need to keep the box, but he needs to be introduced to the others slowly. Some kindness and understanding may go a very long way to helping Puff. Get Puff an appointment to make sure there isn't an UTI going on (though, that rarely shows even when its there). I know others will have great tips. I think Puff needs a friend.
Karen
I'd say give it a try. The litter box problem was probably associated with the situation in his former home.
If things don't work out, talk to a cat rescue group in your area. Some of them will foster cats in their homes until they can be adopted. They are also a good resource for ideas to try for litter box problems.

Bill
On 18 Sep 2003 12:50:19 -0500, "Karen Chuplis"
They threw him OUT?? Egad. Number one, get some Feliway, to ease the transition. Fix Puff up a room with ... rarely shows even when its there). I know others will have great tips. I think Puff needs a friend. Karen

Thanks Karen but I was kind of hoping for something along the lines of "NO NO DON'T DO IT YOU'LL BE SORRY".
I'm sort of worried about him not wanting to stay indoors having now tasted the wilds of Queens NY. Maybe if I wait until it snows...
[nq:1]Thanks Karen but I was kind of hoping for something along the lines of "NO NO DON'T DO IT YOU'LL ... not wanting to stay indoors having now tasted the wilds of Queens NY. Maybe if I wait until it snows...
He'll probably be dead by then. Busy streets and all.

Please get a cat rescue group to take him if you feel you can't. If you think you might have to abandon him for litterbox issues, this is probably the best solution. Why get him all comfy and nice in your home just to make him leave his home again? Moving homes can be very stressful to cats. Better to let a rescue take him and get him a forever home.
BTW, I have 3 cats and 2 boxes and no problems...but some cats are really picky.
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[nq:2]Thanks Karen but I was kind of hoping for something ... of Queens NY. Maybe if I wait until it snows...
He'll probably be dead by then. Busy streets and all. Please get a cat rescue group to take him if ... him a forever home. BTW, I have 3 cats and 2 boxes and no problems...but some cats are really picky.

Puff apparently.
[nq:2]They threw him OUT?? Egad. Number one, get some Feliway, ... will have great tips. I thinkPuff needs a friend. Karen
Thanks Karen but I was kind of hoping for something along the lines of "NO NO DON'T DO IT YOU'LL ... not wanting to stay indoors having now tasted the wilds of Queens NY. Maybe if I wait until it snows...

Some cats adapt quickly to indoors. You have other cats, do you have cat trees and a window? It is entirely possible to convert them. By the time it snows, he could be very happy.
Karen
[nq:1]So, what to you think? I'm an idiot even to be considering this, right?
I think you should give it a try. Three cats really isn't that many. I'm sure you already know the drill about introducing Puff to your cats, making sure he's vaccinated, etc. etc. So I say, go for it. You might be Puff's only chance. I usually always have four cats; three right now because of a death. I keep two litterboxes, extra-large ones, and they do just fine with them.

Sherry
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I have two cats right now...Both >fixed males...Puff is fixed, about a >yearold and fairly long haired. I figure that I can maybe give it a trial run...could I turn him out if it doesn't work?

Your neighbors are idiots - they don't clean the litter box and then dump the cat because the cat doesn't want to poop in a dirty box. Also, they don't take the time/trouble to place the cat in another home or bring him to a shelter.

Your heart is in the right place. With some time & patience, the situation definitely could work. Obviously, Puff needs to be checked by a vet. Is he neutered? If not, I it's best to have that done as well. To introduce Puff to your babies, have him isolated and have some towels and toys for him (and towels or something with his scent around the other cats, so they will get used to it.) Good luck!
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