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post #31 of 50
Mattie is not warming up to Chloe. She is pretty much staying under the bed except to come out to eat, use the litterbox, and to try to sneak some of Chloe's kitten food. Chloe is very energetic and I think wants to play with Mattie, Mattie just hisses at her. I keep them seperated most of the day still. They eat dinner near each other and that goes fine. I am giving Mattie treats when she is near Chloe and acting ok. If Chloe is in the room and food isn't involved, Mattie mostly just watches her and hisses at her when she gets too close. I guess it could be worse...

The hissing isn't a bad thing right? They have to work out the whole hierarchy between them don't they?

Poor Mattie. She has a new kitten in the house plus she is having to take antibiotics for something else. Life is rough for her right now!
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by azcarol View Post
It sounds like things are improving for all of us who recently introduced new cats to our household!

Shelly and Miles are getting along much better. They touch noses a lot and are still compelled to be in the same room most of the time. They even play chase, even though it usually ends with Shelly being too rough on the new kid and hisses at him. Miles is SO wanting to snuggle up with Shelly, but she refuses to let him. Instead, he makes do with this:

Same thing in this house on the positioning...too cute....
post #33 of 50
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The hissing isn't a bad thing right? They have to work out the whole hierarchy between them don't they?
Lilly still hisses at Forrest every time they play. After two months she stopped hiding under the bed and seems to want to play...but always hissing during it. Her ears are not back and there is never any growling or screaming...just hissing. In fact, it seems like she has two kinds of hissing: play hissing; and "Leave me Alone" hissing. Forrest seems to know the difference now.

Forrest still annoys her - constantly. My husband and I both work out of our home so we're around to step in and give her a break from him. He's really exactly like a bothersome little brother. Always wanting to play and repeatedly wanting to just poke at her with his paw. They're like a couple of kids in the back seat of a car. If Lilly could speak I'm sure I would hear "Mom..he's touching me...make him stop touching me"
post #34 of 50
I want to start off by thanking everyone who has posted on this topic. I'm new to the forum and have been trying to introduce my cat Sprite to my new kitten Elf over the past week. I was really very worried about making the introduction but after reading all these posts and see that others were going through the same process I felt that it could be done.
For two years Sprite was a very spoiled only child and he did not take the intrusion of a kitten in his home very well. The first couple days all Sprite would do was hiss and his fur would bush up, Elf is deaf so he couldn't hear the hiss and would try to get closer to Sprite. I was reallly nervous to just let them go and see what happens. After reading the posts I realised that I needed to do it eventually and as it had been a week I let them meet freely. It went really well! I'm so happy I had to come and tell everyone here who provided such helpful info thank you. They sniffed each other and there was no hissing. Elf was more interested in exploring the rest of the house and Sprite just followed him around. I know there is still a long way to go but I am so excited that the first meeting went well. So thank you everyone!
post #35 of 50
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Lilly still hisses at Forrest every time they play. After two months she stopped hiding under the bed and seems to want to play...but always hissing during it. Her ears are not back and there is never any growling or screaming...just hissing. In fact, it seems like she has two kinds of hissing: play hissing; and "Leave me Alone" hissing. Forrest seems to know the difference now.

Forrest still annoys her - constantly. My husband and I both work out of our home so we're around to step in and give her a break from him. He's really exactly like a bothersome little brother. Always wanting to play and repeatedly wanting to just poke at her with his paw. They're like a couple of kids in the back seat of a car. If Lilly could speak I'm sure I would hear "Mom..he's touching me...make him stop touching me"
That is EXACTLY how Mattie and Chloe are. Chloe is an endless ball of energy and always wants to play and that annoys Mattie. Mattie hisses at her to leave her alone. I was playing with Chloe and Mattie with Da Bird trying to get them to relax a little around each other and focus on the toy and Mattie ended up swatting Chloe (lightly) on the head instead of the feather toy. Mattie had this look on her face like, "What??".
post #36 of 50
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He's really exactly like a bothersome little brother. Always wanting to play and repeatedly wanting to just poke at her with his paw. They're like a couple of kids in the back seat of a car. If Lilly could speak I'm sure I would hear "Mom..he's touching me...make him stop touching me"
Wesley gets that look on his face that looks just like he is saying that when Sox is trying to play with him and he doesn't want to be bothered! It is too funny how cats can have such expressions on their face. My husband and I are constantly saying out loud what it looks like that cat would be saying if they could talk!
post #37 of 50
It's so interesting to see in how many ways they are the same as human children. Forrest is just like a little boy sometimes. He's quite a talker and when he is playing he's always making little cat noises...kinda like my son did when he was young playing with his toys. Even when Forrest is in the litter box he has to make that lyrical cat chatter while he digs

Forrest is such a Mommy's boy right now and always on me or in the room with me. I'm wondering if when he reaches the equivalent of a human teenager if he will become "distant" and not want to have anything to do with my husband and I for a while.
post #38 of 50
Mattie and Chloe are sleeping in the same room! Mattie is under the bed but Chloe is pretty close to her and so far Mattie hasn't left.

I do believe this is progress
post #39 of 50
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Forrest is such a Mommy's boy right now and always on me or in the room with me. I'm wondering if when he reaches the equivalent of a human teenager if he will become "distant" and not want to have anything to do with my husband and I for a while.
I wonder this too! Right now Sox loves to be wherever we are. She doesn't seem to like to be alone very much. So yeah, I am interested too to see if she will be that way as she gets older.

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Mattie and Chloe are sleeping in the same room! Mattie is under the bed but Chloe is pretty close to her and so far Mattie hasn't left.

I do believe this is progress
Yes! This is great progress! How exciting!
post #40 of 50
Here is a picture my DH took of the cats, 3.5 weeks after introducing them.





I was laying down on the couch, Shelly came and snuggled with me and then Miles came a little while later. Then, they started grooming each other!! It was so sweet! They sometimes lay down next to each other, and they play (a lot!). At times, the play gets a bit rough: Shelly pins Miles down and seems to go for his jugular! It turns into a little fight, both hiss, and then separate. They haven't hurt each other yet so I'm just keeping an eye on them.
post #41 of 50
azcarol - that is so sweet! yay!!

Here's an update from my house:
Mattie and Chloe were seperated over Thanksgiving. I ended up boarding Mattie at a vet's office and Chloe came with me. I didn't think they would be able to tolerate each other in a car or in a small bedroom for a few days.

Now that they are both home, they seem to be doing better? Mattie will let Chloe sleep near her, but Chloe (the kitten) won't approach Mattie and if she does, Mattie will still hiss. It's not really as bad as it used to be, but I'm kind of worried that this is as friendly as they are going to get? Is it possible that as Chloe gets older and less playful that the two of them might actually end up cuddling or playing together? Or is that just wishful thinking?

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post #42 of 50
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azcarol - that is so sweet! yay!!

Here's an update from my house:
Mattie and Chloe were seperated over Thanksgiving. I ended up boarding Mattie at a vet's office and Chloe came with me. I didn't think they would be able to tolerate each other in a car or in a small bedroom for a few days.

Now that they are both home, they seem to be doing better? Mattie will let Chloe sleep near her, but Chloe (the kitten) won't approach Mattie and if she does, Mattie will still hiss. It's not really as bad as it used to be, but I'm kind of worried that this is as friendly as they are going to get? Is it possible that as Chloe gets older and less playful that the two of them might actually end up cuddling or playing together? Or is that just wishful thinking?

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Well, when we first brought Sox home I thought her and Wesley would never get along. I thought Wesley would eat her! They did not like each other one bit! But the more we let them mingle the more they didn't mind each other. Well, I guess SOx never really minded Wesley too much it was Wesley that didn't like her because she would try toplay with him and he didn't like it! But now they roll around together. Some times I think they are hurting each other but I guess they are just playing. Every once in a while they will make a little meow while playing but just continue on so I figure they are fine! Every once in a while they will lay together but I haven't seen them cuddle yet. Just lay next to each other. So I think there is hope for youe kitties! I found they made progress faster when we let them mingle together (with supervision) and just let them hiss at each other. After that they seemed to adjust better. Then when I saw they weren't going to actually kill each other we left them alone when we went out and when we came back they were both still alive! So give it a little while and I think they wil do just fine!
post #43 of 50
Great to read all these posts... they have all been very encouraging.

It has been a week since we have had Caluga. We introduced him to our resident cat Molly, after only an hour of his arrival. The first night neither slept a wink.. Molly followed him absolutely everywhere and there was the obvious hissing and a little growling. Since then, each day is better. They are eating like horses, which is a good sign. During the day they sleep on 2 chairs pulled right up next to each other, so I guess that is almost like actually sleeping together. They are starting to play a lot more together, and Molly is trying so hard to groom Caluga, but he wants none of it... I'm sure that will come later. Molly has become SO vocal since Caluga's arrival... he chirps and twitters all the time. I just wish I knew what they were saying to each other .
post #44 of 50
quick update:

Mattie and Chloe are starting to play a little more and can sleep near each other without the other one moving. I'm not sure if the playing is 'good' playing though, it mostly consists of Mattie batting Chloe on the head (lightly) like she was a toy.
post #45 of 50
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quick update:

I'm not sure if the playing is 'good' playing though, it mostly consists of Mattie batting Chloe on the head (lightly) like she was a toy.
Sounds like how my two play at times... sometimes it is like watching a couple of sumo wrestlers!! I have figured out as long as nobody is screaming or drawing blood, all is good. Seriously, without sounding flip, as long as there is no fur flying they are probably only playing
post #46 of 50
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Sounds like how my two play at times... sometimes it is like watching a couple of sumo wrestlers!! I have figured out as long as nobody is screaming or drawing blood, all is good. Seriously, without sounding flip, as long as there is no fur flying they are probably only playing
Hehe, well that is good to hear! She gets the cutest look on her face when she does it, it just is this expression that says "what? I didn't do anything wrong. Chloe's annoying."
post #47 of 50
Here is some advice I found on the net. I have always found Vicky Halls' suggestions very useful.
A little bit of extra effort at the beginning can make the difference between a good and a bad relationship in the future. Your cat is not necessarily going to welcome the new kitten with open paws! Start by placing a kitten pen* in a room that your existing cat doesn’t particularly favour but allow the kitten to exercise within the room when the other cat is not around. A couple of times a day, open the door to the room whilst the kitten is eating in his pen and place a bowl of tasty food as near to the pen as you can for your existing cat to eat comfortably. Once this has happened comfortably, reduce the distance between the two cats when they are feeding by small amounts daily. It would also be useful to exchange bedding between the two to allow them to become familiar with the other’s scent. After a week start to place the kitten pen in other rooms of increasing importance so that your existing cat will understand that the kitten has rights of access to all areas. Allow several weeks before opening the pen and letting the cats get to know each other. Keep a cushion or pillow handy to place between them just in case things do not go according to plan.
*A kitten pen is a large metal cage with a solid floor that is normally used for kittening queens. It is big enough for a bed, toys, food, water and a litter tray. They are often available for hire from veterinary practices or you can purchase one from any good pet shop.
post #48 of 50
I have a new Kitten too I got in Nov. She is Black and White and is part Russian Blue but didnt take that side. I showed her to Coco my old Cat first and she tries to nurse on her. I kept her in the bathroom for awhile. She is with the other Cats now Sasha my Russian Blue mix and the kitten love to play. Sasha is only 1 year older then her. Sasha did Hiss to her at first. Yoshi gets mean to her but he has Kidney Stones and dosent feel well. Meeko likes her.
post #49 of 50
Alright maybe my BooBoo is a little weird, or else the kitten was just so young that it made a difference, But when I brought EEK home I showed them to each other right away and the first thing BooBoo did was groom him! Ive always just kind of let my kitties get to know one another by putting them together right away and have never really had a problem... Like I said though, BooBoo may just be weird or EEK was so young he thought he needed to father him!

From what I generally here its best to introduce them slowly, making sure that you're laying it on thick that the first one was the still the focus!

Good luck, Keep us posted!
post #50 of 50
Thread Starter 
Sounds like everyone's kittens are doing a lot better! Yea!!!

It is so nice having our cats getting along so well. I can barely remember what it was like when we first brought Sox home! And that really wasn't very long ago! They like to play a lot together. It's like every time they are awake they go crazy with each other then get all tired out and sleep. Then they get up and do it all over again, with brakes in between to eat!
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