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New Kitten + another cat = trouble

post #1 of 14
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Hey Everyone:

Just yesterday, we have added a new kitten to our pet family. We also have frosty, a cat who is about a year and a half old. The kitten is only about 8 weeks old. Here's the deal:

My oldest cat frosty does not like the new kitten at all. He will hiss, try to hit/bite the new kitten while the new kitten checks out the cat, and it can scare the little kitty. If this gets real out of hand, we will not be able to keep the new kitten. But I also think it could be that Frosty does not like any strangers. Strangers being other cats and people. It was a free kitten from down the road the other day.

You see, when we got frosty back in 2005, he has had bad experiences. He was buried in a snowbank abandoned by some other person, fortunately he was still alive when found. So frosty has had bad experiences in his life. We fear that he will try to kill the little kitten. When it comes time to feeding the little kitty, I have to confine frosty so that he's out of the way. What can we do about this?
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 
As for the sexes of the cats, frosty is a male, the little kitty (misty) is a female.
post #3 of 14
Hello and welcome to the site

Its normal for cats to have some spats when they are first introduced and it can take a while for some cats to settle down with each other.

Heres a TCS link about introducing cats - I am sure you find some useful ideas in there Heres another TCS link about multi-cat households with some great tips.

Its probably best to keep the new kitty seperate in his own room while your older cat becomes accustomed to the idea of another cat about and you try a few of the tips mentioned in the links.

Keep us posted on their progress

Glad you dropped in to join us and enjoy the fourms !!
post #4 of 14
Hello & welcome

I went through the same thing as you.
I have a 5 year old DLH ( Max) and now have a 14 week old kitten ( Ashley )
When we first brought home the kitten our older cat ( Max ) hissed and spit and swatted and you name it he did anything to keep / get away from the "baby". I too was worried but after a week they were rolling on the floor playing and now they are the best of friends.Every cat is different and the length of time for adjustment may vary but be patient and things will work out

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Tonight, the older one tried to bite it's neck.
post #6 of 14
Welcome to TCS! Read the links that Mooficat provided. They will help. I have 2 adult cats with a 5wk old kitten that I've been bottle-feeding (will go up for adoption when ready), and we just brought in 3 more (1 adult & 2 kittens). The links will help you. Good luck and be sure not to give up too quick, because it can take time.
post #7 of 14
Hi welcome to TCS!
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post #9 of 14
Welcome and congrats on your new furbaby. I also have had the same problem Scrappy was 5 yrs old when we brought home babyKita.... Scrappy is very good, laid back, easy going girl ok with that said my point is she didn't take to Kita at first either it took awhile now scrappy is 16 and kita is 10 they can't live without each other . Just give it time it can take weeks but do check out that link that Mooficat sent to you .
post #10 of 14
I never kept my cats separated when I introduced another one, but most where introduced when they were kittens (or, at least still thought they were!) so they were more accepting. There was a lot of hissing, swatting and basic posturing going on. Biting the kittens neck is probably trying to show her who is boss. But, it probably would be a good idea to keep the kitten in another room at least when you aren't there to referee. Congrats on your new addition, and welcome to the cat sight!
post #11 of 14
Hello and welcome to TCS! It's great that you've joined us!

If you have any questions about the site, please feel free to click on my username and send me a private message. I'll be happy to help.

There are tons of threads here discussing how to introduce kitties to one another. Mooficat has linked a couple of great articles. I hope they help.
post #12 of 14
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!
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post #14 of 14
Hi! Welcome!

I see that other members have already connected you to some excellent articles on cat introductions. Hissing and growling is perfectly normal in the beginning
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