There's an alternative for Feliway - rub a drop of vanilla briskly between
your hands and then touch the cats' faces on the side where the facial
pheromone glands are located - this way all cats will smell the same.  A
very mild floral eau de cologne can also be used.
A good way of introducing cats is to exchange their bedding while they are
in different areas - that way, their individual scents will no longer be so

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?

Yes, Feliway is expensive but I would have done/spent anything to  
comfort Kitty.  She was my father's cat before he left this world  
and......well.......luckily you don't have to use a lot at a time.   
You are right about the personality of the animal.  I have been  
blessed.  All of the dogs and cats I have tried to mix worked out  
wonderfully.  Maybe some of it is the person's expectations?????  When  
I considered Bob, I asked his rescuer to send bedding and I sent  
bedding back.  The cats and Bob had lots of time to adjust to odor but  
I suspect they adjusted when they saw and communicated
On Dec 15, 2010, at 9:11 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

> I bought the Feliway spray (very expensive) and I think it was a big  
> help.
> Also did the pet rescue remedy in water, too.
> Maybe that is why Lucky's "integration" went so well.
> But I must say, I think a lot has to do with the personality of the  
> animal, too.  Lucky is a very confident, "walk up to you and say  
> 'howdy'" kind of guy!
> ~Bonnie
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "MaiMaiPG" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 7:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?
>> Try Feliway spray and Rescue Remedy in the water.....Honest.   
>> Kitty  was forced to leave her life long home to live with me.   
>> There was  nothing that made her content much happy.  I slept on  
>> the living room  floor for about three months until she came out  
>> and was comfortable  (or as comfortable as she was going to be  
>> then).  My holistic vet  suggested Feliway and that is what finally  
>> got Kitty our from under  the couch. Feliway has helped several  
>> ferals too.  Bob is integrating  with the cats (beagle/border  
>> collie) thanks to Rescue Remedy and  letting them work it out  
>> without me getting involved (other than  making sure there was no  
>> blood shed).
>> On Dec 15, 2010, at 8:52 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:
>>> Beverly
>>> Oh, how I long for a home like yours!
>>> I agree about the intro, and I've tried to "do it right" with   
>>> everyone. The most recent one was Lucky, and he's doing well and   
>>> seems accepted by all. But there are tensions, especially between   
>>> Stormy and the other girl, Miya Chan (she's a rehabilitated  
>>> feral).   I think boy cats are mellower, more accepting.  I would  
>>> love to see  everyone curled up together on the couch or my bed,  
>>> or playing  together.  Sigh.
>>> Thanks for another perspective!
>>> ~Bonnie
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Beverly Parsons"
>>> >
>>> To: <>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:36 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?
>>>> Hi Bonnie,
>>>> I must beg to differ that most cats prefer to be the only!  I  
>>>> have  five male cats (aged fifteen years to six months) in our  
>>>> small  apartment and they are all best buds.  They rumble and  
>>>> tumble and  play, and curl up and sleep together when they get  
>>>> tired.  I don't  think any of them would do well as an only cat.   
>>>> Most of my friends  and family also have multiple cats that are  
>>>> great friends.
>>>> It's all about the introduction - a slow, careful introduction of  
>>>> a  new cat to the resident cats can lead to a very happy  
>>>> relationship.
>>>> Just my two cents.
>>>> Beverly
>>>> On Dec 15, 2010, at 9:27 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:
>>>>> Shannon
>>>>> I have to tell you this story...
>>>>> I got my cat, Stormy, as a 12 week old kitten.  She was indoors   
>>>>> only. There was a "yard cat" but they only saw eachother  
>>>>> through  the window. About a year after getting Stormy, I  
>>>>> decided to go  back to school to finish my degree.  I was  
>>>>> already working full  time, so this meant poor little Stormy  
>>>>> would be alone much of the  time.  In a move that is the *only*  
>>>>> time I've sought out a cat  (they usually just come to me, as  
>>>>> Stormy had) I went to the local  shelter and adopted a kitten  
>>>>> about 12 wks. old.  I brought him  home and said, "Look Stormy  
>>>>> -- I got you a friend!"
>>>>> Hiss, spit, growl, fur on end, very unhappy cat.  Oops.  I  
>>>>> don't  think she ever quite forgave me...
>>>>>> From this I came to the conclusion that humans are social and   
>>>>>> cats are
>>>>> solitary.  That's undoubtedly not an absolute in either case,  
>>>>> but generally speaking, I think most cats would prefer to be the  
>>>>> "only."
>>>>> ps -- Stormy now shares the house with three others, all "came  
>>>>> to  me" out of their need.  She's a little pissy sometimes, but  
>>>>> I let  her know she's "queen" and let the others know they are  
>>>>> to give  her utmost respect (she's the elder puss) and she's  
>>>>> adjusted very  well.
>>>>> Good luck!
>>>>> ~Bonnie
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emeraldkittee"
>>>>> >
>>>>> To: <>
>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:28 PM
>>>>> Subject: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?
>>>>>> Whimsy is adapting perfectly to being indoor only! (someone  
>>>>>> here  said 'you control the door', and it was that simple. a  
>>>>>> few  protests, an escape due to a foggy glass door, but overall  
>>>>>> very  smooth transition) I'm watching him closely to make sure  
>>>>>> he isn't  lonely.
>>>>>> I did see him attack another feral who was taking 'his' yard,  
>>>>>> a  few months after he was fixed. Obviously that doesn't  
>>>>>> necessarily  mean he couldn't have a pal, but ... we don't  
>>>>>> really have  anywhere to get him used to a new kitty, they'd  
>>>>>> have to be  together right away...
>>>>>> so, is it a good idea?
>>>>>> should I open the blinds on the door that separates him from  
>>>>>> his siblings to see how he reacts to other kitties?
>>>>>> male or female?
>>>>>> If Whimsy has a stronger constitution, would another FeLV kitty  
>>>>>> potentially make him sicker with a more virulent version?
>>>>>> again, Whimsy is a boy, about 2.5, asymptomatic.
>>>>>> thank you!!
>>>>>> Shannon
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