Originally Posted by guitar_ed
My step-brother just moved to Hawaii, and taking pets is a real nightmare. So we adopted his two cats, to join our one, for a total of 3. After 3 weeks, they can be within 5 feet of each other without hissing.
We just let them run the house, and figured they would work it out. So far, it has worked.
We have 2 cats, a male and a female (both fixed), and both about 10 years old. They get along well and sleep together in the cat bed on cold afternoons, and in the bed with us at night. We used to have a third cat, a big male orange tabby with white socks, who died of terminal cancer about 4 months ago. The tabby got along with our other male cat, they would wrestle and jointly defend the territory from other neighborhood cats, but the tabby only got hisses from the female.
We recently tried to introduce another third cat into the mix, another fixed male that we inherited from my wife's cousin who moved to Hawaii. Not working. Our male growls at him, and the female hisses. He has strayed twice and ended up back at his original house on the other side of town. At least we know where to go look for him when he's missing, he seems to find his way there no problem, about a mile and a half away. We're starting to think that he simply won't integrate into the household, with the negative reaction he gets from our existing two and the straying. He's used to being in a single cat house.
My wife won't take him to the local animal shelter for adoption, because they put them down after only a couple days. She thinks another shelter in a neighboring city won't do that and we're considering trying that. We would like to keep him, but if he keeps straying it just won't work.
Frankly, I'm rather upset with the cousin, they have a habit of dumping their problems on my wife to handle. I've had to go in twice and clean up houses they moved out of, they left them in a mess. Now this cat issue. If it were anything other than a living creature, I'd tell the cousin to shove it.