I was hesitant on bringing in another cat.
I admit it.
It's probably because I watch too many episodes of My Cat From Hell. If you don't know what it is, it's basically about this guy, Jackson Galaxy, who helps cat owners get their cats to calm down. Sometimes the cats scratch everything. Sometimes the cats pee everywhere. Sometimes the cats attack people.
We got lucky with Max. He wasn't Crazy. But what if the next cat was? And then I worried that Max would HATE the other cat. In My Cat From Hell, sometimes cats act out if a new one is brought in.
I did not want chaos to ensue, so here are things we did to make sure Max wouldn't hate Ruby.
1. We didn't shove Ruby in front of Max constantly. We let Max come to Ruby. He'd sniff her, hiss, and then sniff her some more. When he wanted to. (Also, Ruby doesn't put up with nonsense. If he sniffed her too long, she'd slap him.)
2. We got the cats another jungle gym. We had one, but we figured another would be best. It was a good idea, because Max enjoys it:
And so does Ruby:
3. Each cat has their own food dishes. However, I think each cat eats out of both. But still. They know they can have their own if they want.
4. We made sure to give Max extra love. We didn't want him to feel replaced.
In the end our ideas seemed to work. Max only hisses at Ruby if she gets too close to him when he's trying to eat. I understand. I growl if my kids get too close to me when I'M trying to eat too.
And now they are friends.