How to temporarily house two cats that don’t know each other?
by Laura Connolly
(Manchester, NH, USA)
I grew up in a very small condo with two bedrooms, a den and an open concept first floor. My family has a cat named Jack that is now ~11 to 12 years old and has never interacted with other cats other than his siblings before we adopted him at 8 weeks (we got him when I was in 5th grade).
I am now a senior in college and I have since adopted a cat of my own named Zoey. She is currently 12 weeks old and has been very well socialized with all kinds of animals.
When we go to the vet, she actually likes to interact with the other animals and tends to have a calming effect on them.
My issue currently is that this year I will be going home for Thanksgiving (~4 days), and Christmas (~20 days), and Zoey has to come with me as unattended animals cannot be left on campus, even with a sitter.
I would just keep Zoey in my bedroom with me, but my bedroom is Jack’s home base (he yowls when the door is closed) and my mom’s bedroom is out of the question because she is allergic.
The den is VERY small and I don’t want to keep Zoey trapped in there. What should I do? I want to cause the least amount of stress to both of them and make the best of the situation. Thanks in advance!