My 9-year old female tuxedo cat (I've had her for 3 years) has always been very loving and needy. She wants to be where I am, eats when I eat, that sort of thing. I've been working late hours and I was afraid she was getting lonely, so I decided to get her a companion. I thought an adult cat with a similar disposition would be a good fit. I brought home a 5-year old stray from the shelter--she's had a hard life--has a torn ear, scratches on her nose, missing a tooth, a stubby, kinked tail, but purred like crazy when I petted her. Anyway, I read some articles about introducing a new cat to a resident cat; I kept them separated--set the new cat up in a downstairs bedroom, and let my other cat do her growling and hissing. After 9 days, I opened the door between the two cats and hoped the new one would run out and check out the house--she got close enough to the other cat to touch her nose, but then received a nasty growl and a swat. I've tried to make them more comfortable with each other by feeding them in the same general area---they tolerate it, but resident cat still growls. My problem is this: the new cat has rarely ventured from under the bed since I brought her home. She comes out when I'm in the room and lets me pet her and she loves it, but if I make a move like getting up, shifting my leg, or whatever, she dives right back under the bed. And, since her experiences with my other cat haven't gone well, she won't even leave the room except to use the litter box, which I finally moved into the same room as my other cat's, in the hope of bringing them together in some way. I try to get the new cat to come out, but she's so easily spooked by the other one, she runs back under the bed. I even locked resident cat in the new cat's room overnight(with some catnip and her toys) hoping that would give new cat a chance to roam the house freely, but she wouldn't even go upstairs (the other cat's main territory), she stayed under a couch downstairs.This isn't what I intended when I got a new cat. I wanted a companion for the other cat. In addition, though I've rubbed new cat down with bath wipes, I realized today that her room smells! I don't want a smelly house. I hate to give up such a sweet cat, and I know it's supposed to take time for old cat/new cat relationships to flourish, but I was thinking a kitten might be a better companion, because she'll be a little more fearless about approaching my other cat, even after receiving some growls or swats. And maybe I can get a sweeter smelling kitty. Advice?
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12/11/03 at 9:37pm