First Contact: Iva und Yuri
When we chose the cat Yuri as a playmate for Iva, we were, of course, afraid that the two of them might not understand each other. Nevertheless, it was important to get a second cat, bWhen we chose the cat Yuri as a playmate for Iva, we were naturally afraid that the two might not get along. Nevertheless, it was important to get a second cat, because Iva was just doing nonsense in the apartment (clothes gnawed, things scratched, etc.).
After we picked up Yuri from Reichenbach in the Vogtland region over my home town of Greiz, we first had the new cat examined in the apartment while Iva was locked up in the kitchen. Then we took Yuri to the bathroom and again let Iva sniff everything, whether she already notices that there is a new roommate. After a while, we opened the bathroom door and then there was a very long glaring contest, which we also filmed:
Of course, the little worm named Yuri had no chance against the full-grown Iva … yet we were surprised how he always opposed her and never hid it. Here the choice had turned out to be good, not to take the shy kitten with the blue-collar, but the hyperactive one with the yellow collar.
Although Iva was still hissing for a week, every time Yuri came too close, they both quickly became friends and even cleaned each other after only two weeks. So we were lucky that both understood each other so well and play with each other to this day. While Iva was very reserved in her first weeks in Weimar and hardly showed up, Yuri was very cuddly from the start and just wanted to play.