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I have a dillema. I got a Calico in early December when she was about 4 months old. Her name is Callie, she's a sweet cat, and i love her very much. But a couple days ago I got new 3 month old Calico. The size difference between them is large. The new cats name is Paddy and Callie is acting abnormal around her. Callie has been hissing, growling, and batting at her. She's sending mixed signls too, one second she's licking her, almost as if she's mothering her, next second she's growling and hissing. I know it's normal for cats to do this around newbies,but it's getting serious. Now Callie's pouncing on her and even biting at her neck. What should I do. I miss the old sweet Callie, but I don't want to give back the new one. I'm also wonering whether Callie is mothering Paddy or attemping to hurt or even kill her
post #2 of 16
Did you introduce them slowly? You first cat is probably feeling like her territory is being invaded. It is a good sign that she has moments of wanting to mother her.

There are several threads on how to introduce a new cat on the forums. With Daphne and Sebastian, I kept her in the bathroom for about a week with only short supervised visits in the main area where Seb is. Then the visits became longer over the next couple of weeks until she was out when I was home but in the bathroom when I was gone. Now, they are together all the time, playing, cuddling and basically driving me looney And giving me lots of opportunity for photos!

Here is the sticky thread for introducing new cats to old cats.

Welcome to TCS, please post photos of your babies when you get the chance.

Keep us updated on how things are going
post #3 of 16
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I actually did try that i put Paddy in the bathroom 4 awhile and it still isnt working out
post #4 of 16
Hola y bienvenido a
TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!

(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #5 of 16
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your two lovely kitties to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

It sounds like there is hope that your kitties will get together, going back to the beginning with a long, slow introduction may just do the trick. Good luck
post #6 of 16
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #7 of 16
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It's getting worse. Cally is biting Paddy's neck even more. I think Cally is trying to play with Paddy but doesnt know how. Because Cally is used 2 playing with the dogs.

Note: Cally is half grown and hasn't played with another cat since she was at petsmart with her sister.
post #8 of 16
Females from other litters are not usually friendly to other females. I have three females from different litters and two males from the same litter. The males are wonderful and played with the youngest female kitten and the female love these two guys. The females all hate each other. I am surprised that the old kitty groomed her, but she's just teaching the new kitten her boundries. Just keep an eye out just in case it gets serious, and if that is the case, then just seperate them. If it's a scent thing, dust both with powder and try again, what always works when introducing cats to each other-- get a cat toy tickler and play with both of them at the same time and they will play together. Hope these snippets of info will be helpful.
post #9 of 16
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They are playing and Callie will groom her every once in a while, but then she starts biting her. Do you think she's trying to get her to stay still while she's grooming??? When Callie was little I would scold her for jumping up on the laptop while I was using it. Now every time Paddy does that Callie knock her down and bats her on the head several times. Mabye she's trying 2 teach her.
post #10 of 16
How serious is the biting? Cats will play together and it looks awfully rough to us, but not to them. When Seb and Daph play, she sometimes makes it seem like he's killing her - of course I have caught her screaming when he only has a paw on her head

Not sure if we're supposed to do this, but I have placed my hand between them when they play to see if there is any claw or teeth action and there isn't so I know no one is actually being hurt.

I know other people here are more knowledgeable than I am about how serious the play can be
post #11 of 16
Originally Posted by fireblossom4 View Post
I actually did try that i put Paddy in the bathroom 4 awhile and it still isnt working out
How long is "for awhile"? It can takes days or weeks or months to do a proper introduction. If you're concerned about the safety of your younger kitten, then they should not be left alone together.
post #12 of 16

I'd recommend Feliway (do a search on this term and you can read loads about it on here)...its great for helping out with the problems you are describing.
post #13 of 16
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I never leave them alone together.
post #14 of 16
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I've still got alittle trouble but noothing serious I ges it just sorta worked out on its own ty 4 all the help!!!
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