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  •  Yep! (6+ / 0-)

    There's been a towel exchange. For what it's worth, the gray kitty jumped right on the doggie towel and seemed interested. Doggie smelled the kitty towel and while he was vaguely interested, it wasn't as interesting as walks, treats, or attention directed at him. The cat food spoon is another thing he would like to explore further, LOL. :-)

    It's funny figuring out what they like and seeing reactions to various things. Neither of them seem to like chicken-flavored food, and one of them lives for tuna while the other one didn't care for it. So far, ocean fish is the only one they both like. One likes Greenie treats, the other is indifferent; vice-versa with the catnip (or maybe he just thinks the catnip toy smells too much like his new roomie?). One likes being brushed, the other doesn't. I have not tried laser mousie since the room they're in is small and crowded.  

    "The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark. It scares you witless but in time you see things clear and stark." - Elvis Costello

    by Vacationland on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:35:24 PM PDT

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    •  Ooh, get some different sizes of cardboard boxes (4+ / 0-)

      and see if either of them are like Maru (and my cat George) and will like to try to sit in tiny boxes.

      •  Also, it sometimes takes a little (4+ / 0-)

        while for their real personalities to emerge. When I brought Pearl and Mabel home, Pearl made herself at home right away and was very loud and bossy. She showed absolutely no interest in toys and she would try to intimidate Cora and Mabel if she wanted their food. Mabel was super shy and would stay in my bedroom most of the time playing all by herself. This went on for a few weeks. But now Pearl has settled down a lot and is much nicer to everyone. She doesn't act like she's starving all the time and doesn't try to steal everyone's food anymore. She's also found a couple of toys that she likes to play with and carry around the house. And Mabel no longer sticks to the bedroom - from the minute I get home, she follows me around all over the house just like the rest of them. When I'm sitting down reading or on the computer she likes to jump into my lap. It really surprised me the first time she did it about a week ago because I really never thought she would ever do that.

        Progress is made peace by peace.

        by StateOfGrace on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:28:53 AM PDT

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      •  There's a milk crate and 4 boxes (4+ / 0-)

        ...plus a hidey shelf and some chairs they can hole up in. Two windows, a few blankets, a little circular carpet-covered house/perch thing that the shelter donated, water fountain, food dishes, and two litter boxes in case there are territorial issues.

        It's a smallish room, so I'm thinking they'll normalize once they get the run of the rest of the house.

        "The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark. It scares you witless but in time you see things clear and stark." - Elvis Costello

        by Vacationland on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:53:43 AM PDT

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        •  Wow, you are an excellent cat and dog mom. (4+ / 0-)

          It's so much fun to see this side of you.

        •  How long are you planning to (4+ / 0-)

          keep them in the small room? Do you let them out when you're home at night? Had Dash ever been around cats before? I think it's good that you got the cats when you did because he hasn't had time to get territorial about your house yet since he's so new to it himself.

          Progress is made peace by peace.

          by StateOfGrace on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:03:19 AM PDT

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          •  The shelter people recommended at least a week. (4+ / 0-)

            Their first vet thing is next Tues so I'm thinking before then, probably this weekend when I have a chance to make introductions. I don't let them out at night, because the door to my room doesn't latch well and I don't want them tangling with crated doggie quite yet, nor do I want to have to chase them down to corral them in their room first thing. I don't know how they are with dogs, though both have noticed when he's on the other side of the door and don't seem to react badly.

            Dash was in a house that had two other dogs and some cats. He has spotted cats outside when we're walking sometimes (a lot of people let their cats go free-range around here) and doesn't seem inclined to chase them. Ditto squirrels. Mildly interested but not obsessed or eager to get at them. Has occasionally sniffed the door to the room where the cats are but doesn't seem to want to get in there. He doesn't seem super territorial about places, only peoples' attention; my only concern is that he likes a lot of focused attention and I don't know how he'll react if cats are competing for that.  We'll see!

            "The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark. It scares you witless but in time you see things clear and stark." - Elvis Costello

            by Vacationland on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:12:31 AM PDT

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