Question by lady_bella: Behavior problems with new cat, and concerns for my other cat…I need some advice please.?
I have two cats. One Male and one female. We recently adopted a female cat that is two years old over a month ago, and my other two cats are four years. My male cat didn’t give up his throne in the house and showed his dominance with the newcomer. The newcomer however is taunting my other female cat that seems to be somewhat afraid of her. The newcomer constantly chases my other female cat under the couch, and under the bed with trying to claw at her backside. I guess because she knows she’s afraid of her and she’s allowing her to dominate her and doesn’t fight back. She only hisses. I’m feeling a bit protective of my kitty and don’t want her to feel like she can’t be comfortable in her own home any more. She does come out once in a while and she can lay in the same room with the newcomer, but every time she moves, the chase is on again. She can’t even go to the litter box without the newcomer waiting for her to come out, and then chases her down the hall and under the bed. Any advice?
Answer by CAT
FIRST…feed them on opposite sides of a closed door at the same time. They will be able to smell each other but not see the other. This will get them used to each other in a positive environment (mealtime) yet still be able to eat without stress. Secondly, it will take a while for the cats to get along. Kittens and grown cats adapt much more quickly to each other. By 2 and 4 yrs, both of your cats are already set in their ways. It will just take some time to get used to each other. 🙂
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