Originally Posted by Truivia
Our normally very well behaved and loved 9 yr old cat HATES our new 10 week old kitten.
The older cat is mostly a indoor cat but also is allowed free range outside when she wants to go. When she is out side she almost always brings us home a "gift" of another animal she has killed, from mice to small rabbits. She is most definitely a hunter.
We have never had any other pets since having her. She is fixed (in case that matters).
We got a 10 week old male kitten Labor Day and she wants to kill it.
She sneaks up on it and does everything she can to get to it and the 1 time she did get to it she went right for its throat. Thankfully I was right there and got her off him with no damage done.
We have had 4 new born (human lol) in our family since we got our older cat and she has never behaved badly to them, so we thought we would be OK with a new born kitten.
What do we do???????
I have a six year DSH named Shadow who is just like your 9 year old cat. Let me start off by saying you can make them tolerate each other but you may never get them to like each other. I have also found that Shadow got better with my DLH Panda and my F3 Savannah Loki as they grew.
Okay first of all Shadow was about four years old when I acquired Panda my DLH. She has extreme medical issues. So she never acted "quite right". So while Panda was little and acted sick Shadow tried to kill Panda twice. I woke up two times to Shadow holding Panda by the throat. Each time Panda seemed dead. However once I got Shadow off her neck she was fine.
So until Panda was large enough to not seem like prey to Shadow they stayed separated. But the real turning point was when Panda did not run and hide from Shadow. Once Panda did not exhibit prey behavior Shadow stopped viewing her as prey.
Now Shadow was about five years old when I acquired my F3 Savannah Loki. The first time she saw him she went right for his throat. However Loki just swatted her in the face and she stopped immediately. She only hissed and growled at him from then on out. With Loki about 3x times longer and twice her height now Shadow leaves him alone. She is actually a bit leery of him. He just runs up and grabs and licks her. But she is not interested in his "love".
Okay so the ways I have found to keep the domestics safe around Shadow is as follows. First and foremost until the kitten is older and larger NEVER leave them together. Second when you allow your adult cat in with your kitten make sure you praise the adult cat first, feed the adult cat first, give treats to the adult first.
So what I am trying to say is this: make the adult cat as happy as possible in the presence of the kitten. Try and keep the adult cats routine the same when near the kitten. If you do make any changes make sure it is for the better of the adult cat when in the presence of the kitten.
Lastly try and make sure for now the adult cat can only have access to the kitten threw a cat carrier or dog crate. Also for what it is worth my Shadow is spayed and always outside hunting like your adult cat as well.
Hope this made sense and if you need any clarification let me know.