Delaware Humane Association WDEL loves pets! That's why we've partnered with the Delaware Humane Association to bring you the Pet Page. Each week, we'll show you a cat and a dog from the Delaware Humane Association who need good homes. You can also get answers to your pet health questions in our new Ask the Vet feature, plus useful information for any animal lover in our Tip of the Month section.

Pets of the week for September 24, 2014

Shelly

Adult extra large spayed female Mastiff
At a whopping 118lbs and estimated 3 years old, I am ready to take on a new chapter! I I know how to sit, give paw, and catch treats! I walk nicely on a leash when I wear my harness, but could certainly use a little fine tuning. I enjoy spending my afternoons at DHA's administrative house where I can greet people, get spoiled with treats, and stretch my body across the floor. So far, I have been doing great at waiting for walks to relieve myself while I'm at "the house"! Due to my recent spay, I have not been able to schedule any potential playdates with dogs or cats, so my caretakers are currently unsure of how I would be with either. Aside from that, I love absolutely everyone I meet and can't wait to meet YOU! Judging by my manners and knowledge of some commands, it certainly seems like I've been in a home before.

Maurice

Neutered male Domestic Short Hair kitten
Word on the street is, I used to be one tough little guy. Now that I've gotten a few months older, I have been added to the free-roaming cat room. The other kitties have been teaching me how to play nicely and have kept my energy in check! I'm really coming around and my caregivers can't stop raving about how much I've improved. Won't you come in and meet me; I promise I'm still in kitten-mode and plenty playful!

Last Week's Pets: Weaver the cat has been adopted. Blanche the dog and Bob and Eileen the cats are still available.

If you're interested in adopting one of the Pets of the Week, or seeing what other pets are available for adoption, contact the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A. Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Or call (302) 571-0111


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Ask the Vet...
Your chance to ask Dr. Mindy Cohan, VMD, our resident pet health expert, what's on your mind!

Topic: Incompatible Cats

Question from Vernay in Wilmington:
I have an older cat, Lucy. I'm not sure how old Lucy is, but she was already an adult when I got her in 2005. She's been the only pet for the past 7 years. Recently I added a kitten, Emjay, who really needed a home. The kitten was 4 weeks when I got him. In hindsight, I see that it was a horrible idea. Lucy seems stressed out by the kitten, who insists on jumping on her, hitting her tail and running, and just being an overall pain in the butt. It's been four months, and while I've seen some progress, I still worry about Lucy. She's lost weight, doesn't play much, and isolates herself more. She's a totally different cat. I feel so guilty and I didn't know it would be this way. I assumed she would want to mother the cat. They fight often and I feel that the kitten is lonely because he has no one to play with. I try to give them both my attention, but I know I show the kitten more. Is there anything I can do for my Lucy. Getting rid of baby Emjay is not an option, but what else
can I do? HELP!!

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
Introducing cats is always a risky endeavor. New feline housemates can become slow or fast friends. At times, however, harmony is never established. If finding a new home for Emjay is not feasible, I have a few suggestions.

First, try keeping Emjay isolated when you are not home. This will allow Lucy to regain confidence and comfort in her original domain. Allow Emjay his freedom while you are home to supervise interactions. You can secure Emjay with a harness and leash to ensure he does not physically hurt Lucy. A spray bottle can also be used to deter Emjay from pouncing on Lucy. Secondly, if you do not have climbing perches, add a few to your home to enable Lucy to have a safe place to escape from Emjay. These products are available in pet stores and through Internet companies.

Lastly, I recommend feeding the cats on separate sides of a closed door. This will help Lucy develop a positive association with Emjay. As less hissing or other stressful reactions are observed, you can slowly open the door to eventually allow the cats to see each other while eating. When the cats are together and Lucy is tolerant of Emjay, offer her treats or pieces of kibble as a reward.
Unfortunately, some cats never develop a compatible relationship. I am concerned about the detrimental effects on Lucy such as weight loss and chronic stress. Although Emjay might become less of a nuisance as he matures, you need to ensure that Lucy stays healthy. If the situation fails to improve, you will need to consider permanent separation of the cats within your home or seeking other living arrangements for Emjay. Good luck!


Posted October 15, 2012


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