I had pets all the way through my childhood but once I went to college and started a career, I didn’t have time for an animal companion. After nearly 20 years, I felt the need for a pet again and decided to get a cat as they’re low maintenance pets compared to dogs. Kira was that cat – I got her at 7 weeks old but she died a couple of years ago around about her 16th birthday.
I got Fritz a year after Kira – he was about 8 weeks old at the time – more as a companion for her while the house was otherwise empty during the day. As luck would have it, they never got on! Many times they would sleep in separate rooms and if one came seeking attention, the other would leave, usually with some hissing and spitting from Kira. Fritz was more laid back.
Towards the end of her life, there was some detente between she and Fritz and they frequently slept on the couch or a bed together, but always with some distance between them.
Kira died suddenly one day, though she had not been ill. The vet thought the most likely cause was a blood clot to the brain with death being instantaneous (though no necropsy was carried out). Fritz is now 17 and still going strong though he has developed asthma.
This site was created due to my fondness for cats and has been around in various guises for many years. It was originally on the cat-oholics.com domain but I lost that when I missed a domain renewal notice and when I went back to re-buy it, someone else had bought it. So maybe you came across the site when it was on my older domain.
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I am asking for help. I have a two year old female fixed cat and a schnauzer dog. I brought in a four year old fixed white cat two weeks ago as a possible “friend” for Hannah. Well Nova has made some headway as far as mingling. She is no longer hiding, but she refuses to eat or drink that I can see. She lets me pick her up and comb her and she will allow the other animals near her but if they get too close she hisses. She stays in one area of the house all the time. I am at my wits end about food. I was told from her previous owner that she ate dry food but they didn’t tell me what it was. I have tried tuna, chicken, different dry gods, eggs – and she just ignores it. Please help with any suggestions.
Hi Janeen. It sounds like “Nova” is suffering from stress. To many changes too quickly. If you can, try keeping her on her own in one room with a litter box, food and water. She can get used to the sounds and smells of the other animals without the threat of direct interaction. Spend time with her so she can get used to you. She should settle down and start eating once she realizes she’s not in any danger. However, if she still isn’t eating after 2 or 3 days, take her to the vet. She may become dehydrated and need a fluid infusion. You can talk to your vet about the situation at home and get expert advice on how to help Nova settle in.