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Stoli and his new Brother

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Stoli has a new brother today. I've read the introducing cats sticky threads. They have a bunch of great ideas. I'm just worried that stoli is going to be really difficult. His bro is in his own room right now but when I come out of the room, stoli hisses at my new smell.

when i brought the little tyke home I had placed a shirt that I had rubbed all over stoli in his carrier. I haven't done the same yet to stoli though. i know that it will take a long time to fully introduce them. i'm just worried at stoli's initial reaction. the other kitten doesn't seem phased.

how long should i spend everyday with the new kitten so stoli won't feel neglected? will stoli spray the door to mark his territory?
post #2 of 15
Is Stoli fixed? And how old is the kitten?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
oh yeah, i forgot to include all that stuff!

Stoli is 8+ months old he was neutered at 5 months.
The new kitten is 4 months and was neutered at almost 3 months.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
ok:

today. I've spent time with both cats, and Anthony has too.
Stoli was put in 'his' room while the little kitten (who by the way is TOTALLY ready for 'free reign' if you remember my dilemma before with Stoli) explored.

later on, stoli was let into the kitten's room to explore while the kitten was in a carrier in a totally different room.

just a couple of hisses on stoli's part - over all pretty successful.
post #5 of 15
Well, just to give you my own experience, I do not separate my cats when I bring a new one into the house, and I just adopted 3 boys last Saturday, and 1 week later? everyone is friends! But then again my kitties are extremely easy going, but I think in general it takes about a week.... also, males seem to be much more accepting than females and since you've got 2 boys, it should be a snap! hope everything goes great!
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
ok:

today. I've spent time with both cats, and Anthony has too.
Stoli was put in 'his' room while the little kitten (who by the way is TOTALLY ready for 'free reign' if you remember my dilemma before with Stoli) explored.

later on, stoli was let into the kitten's room to explore while the kitten was in a carrier in a totally different room.

just a couple of hisses on stoli's part - over all pretty successful.
I'm happy for you!

When Scratch adopted us, we put a towel in the kitty carrier on the ride home. We then put the towel under 8-Bit's food dish. This seemed to help too.

Keep us posted and good luck!
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
well i have high hopes for stoli.

the new kitten is VERY outgoing. he just wants to be friends with stoli. stoli is a very anxious cat and not outgoing. well, tonight for about 5 minutes we introduced them on 'neutral' ground. the little kitten purred the whole time and stoli tried to smell the new kitten a bunch and he hissed a bunch and took a couple of swipes. every time stoli got close, the new kitten laid right down on his back - i'm assuming that is a submissive position. we separated them before anything got more than 'who the heck it this?'
post #8 of 15
I personally have found most kittens start thier territorial, defensive actions around 5-7 months. Ofcourse this varies with each kitty, they all have different personalities. For your kitten, you are correct it is a submissive action to lay or roll onto thier back allowing the dominant cat to except them.......this is good. I would'nt seperate them when this happens unless the situation looks dangerous, growling and hissing is all part of it but there is a line that sometimes is hard to recognize. If it has been a few days I would not seperate them when you are there, otherwise it could increase the feeling of intrusion on Stoli. Goodluck!
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
well, i'm home sick from work today. and i just let the two guys sniff each other out. i did separate them so i could calm stoli down - probably bad on my part but the poor guy just wanted the kitten to leave him alone so he could assess the situation. . . .this little kitten has no fear. i'll possibly let the little kitten out again. i'm thinking that even though he's trying to be the submissive one he probably has to hold his own so stoli knows that this little kitten isn't a 'wus'
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
update:

both kittens have been out and about for about 2 hours now. I did separate them for about 15 minutes. The hissing has begun to subside. Stoli is just kind of letting the little kitten explore while he's doing the heavy duty looking-on.

Stoli has been batting at the little kitten less in the past 20 minutes. He's making that murr noise a bunch. The kitten is drinking out of the fountain now - stoli's just watching.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
update:

Stoli and the kitten have been with each other since 8am. it's now almost 1. they both took a nap with me.

The little one has 'jumped' on stoli and stoli laid down on his back. Mostly the ittle one does that though. stoli hissed a bit when the little one was eating.

What do you do with two cats who aren't on the same eating schedule? How do you get them on the same schedule? And about about Stoli who will eat everything under the sun if it's not under lock and key - and the little one will only eat when he's hungry.
post #12 of 15
sounds like they're becoming used to each other! it didn't take Cable long to accept Java, & she was about Stoli's age when Java came home. Java was about 3.5 months old & Cable was 7 months old, so they were close. of course, i didn't do all that 'introducing' stuff - i just let 'em duke it out seriously, they were fast friends in about 2 days!
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
well i wanted to do some of the 'introducing' stuff as stoli is a pretty anxious cat. but i also wanted him to try to get over that anxiousness and just work it out with the new kitten. they aren't fast friends as of yet but the hissing has really subsided. the kitten is laying happily on my bed in
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
every time stoli got close, the new kitten laid right down on his back - i'm assuming that is a submissive position.
Yes, this is submissive. Eposing the tummy makes the animal very vulnerable, and is an acknowledgment of the other animal's dominance.

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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
update:

Stoli is just kind of letting the little kitten explore while he's doing the heavy duty looking-on.
This is exactly what Lilly did when we got Leo. After some tussles (always ended with Leo in the submissive position), Lilly just wanted to keep a close eye on everything Leo did.

It's now been 6 months, and they get along well, although they're not buddy-buddy (Lilly's just not that kind of cat; she's much more reserved- sounds somewhat similar to Stoli). When they do chase each other and wrestle, it still ends with Leo in a submissive position, and Lilly licking him.

Sounds like things are moving along nicely at your house; continued success to you (and Stoli) in the transition!
post #15 of 15
Sounds like it is going to work out for you. I kept Skye in a seperate room and Remy hissed at the door for a day. He also hissed whenever fearless Skye went near him....3 days later they were playing inside a paper bag together. Now they are inseparable. I luv it
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