I'm very new to this site and could use some help. My fiance and I have two wonderful, loving, calm male cats. They're two year old brothers from the same litter. My fiance fell in love with an adorable female kitten while we were at the pet store last week and yesterday we decided to bring her home. We brought her in the house in the carrier we take Zipper and Squeaker to the vet in. They are deathly afraid of them, have been their whole lives, and wouldn't go anywhere near it. SO we let the new kitten out and they both hissed and growled at her. We didn't seperate them, we thought since they are both such mellow cats that they would get used to her quickly. Are we hoping too much that they will get used to her quickly? THe dominant male has stopped hissing but is still somewhat weary, but Zipper is still clearly threatened and will not let her out of his sight. They haven't been aggressive with eachother, no fighting or swatting, but Zipper won't stop hissing when she gets near him. We're afraid to lock her up because our house has been their territory their whole lives and we don't want to make it worse, we just want them to be friends. What do we do? Please help. I'm willing to be somewhat patient, but my fiance is extremely worried about Zipper and she hates to see him so scared and defensive.
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7/27/07 at 7:25am