Dexter (Lovelace) enjoying his furever home
"Hello there. I wanted to give you an update - not to let the cat out of the bag - but we changed Lovelace's name to Dexter. Seems to fit him and our family better.
He is doing really well. As is he and our other cat Abraham. They play and chase each other around now, tackle and do headlocks, but no real fighting or anything like that. Dexter seems to take his cue from Abraham when the old boy has had enough, and leaves him alone.
I am so thankful for the research we did online before bringing another cat into our home. We kept them separated at first and did feedings across a closed door from one another, but there is like an inch or better gap at the bottom. Then we started cracking the door open too, and all went well. They never growled or hissed at one another while feeding across the door from each other.
On the second day, we put the older cat on the lanai and let Dexter out to roam the house for a bit. Later the second day we allowed both cats to be together for short intervals of time, including play and treats, and then we'd separate them to give them a break in case they were feeling anxious, etc. By Monday night we felt confident we could leave them out together and they've been together ever since.
Dexter has way more energy than Abraham, but Abraham has had lots of exercise these past two weeks too, which is good. We are very pleased with our choice in Dexter and bringing him home. Feel free to share our story, especially about the slow introduction and to pick a cat based on the temperament of your current cat, not on if you have a male, get a female. Temperament of the cat is the way to go, and to do a slow transition.
A special thanks to everyone at Cat Depot. Your facility is extremely clean and well thought out, and the cats well cared for.
The Schanie family.