I have a lot of animals. Four cats and one dog, to be exact.
It started with Leonard. Leonard came from the animal shelter. I knew I wanted a black cat because they are really handsome and have good personalities, so I asked one of the volunteers who the coolest back cat was and he said, "Leonard is a pretty cool cat." He was so right.
Leonard and I have been roommates for many years. When I lived in my tiny studio apartment in college, Leonard sat perched in the window every time I got home from class. Except for one time he was in the trash can eating garbage. That was the day Leonard learned about baths.
I adopted Tiberius next. I wasn't even planning on getting a cat that day. My job at the time had me taking a group of volunteers to the animal shelter every week and when this little siamese cat popped up one day, I couldn't resist. He was really rude at first actually but he has calmed down a lot. Now he really likes drinking out of the faucet and meows for the water to be turned on.
Then I moved again and suddenly there were two more cats!
The latest addition to the pack was Reggie, also from the shelter. He's about two years old and is some variation of a poodle mix. I think he is a schnoodle, but l'hasapoo is also a possibility.
All the animals get along pretty well. Sometimes I hear distant hissing but with cats it almost always sounds worse than it is. Especially Tiberius because he is a big baby. It took the animals maybe two weeks to get used to each other and after that things just keep getting better. I highly recommend Feliway if you're having cat behavior issues, by the way. It is a synthetic version of a natural cat pheromone which makes them feel calmer. It plugs into the wall like an air freshener and it works!
Have a good weekend!