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Thread Starter 
We have recently got two more maine coons to join our existing two. We had two boys and the recent additions are girls. The boys have absolutely no problem with the new additions and have been as good as gold. One of the girls is also absolutely fine. However, the other girl is known for being very very timid and is frightened of the others. She gets about okay and will eat with the others but growls and hisses alot even though the others are ignoring her! - is there anything we can do to ease her discomfort?

post #2 of 5
My thoughts are likely things you already know... She's hissing and growling because she feels threatened by the other cats. So you don't want to pose any more of a threat to her in your reaction to her hissing and growling. Let her hiss and growl. Let her hide. Let her protect herself. The best thing you can do is reassure her that she's safe and loved. Building your bond with her is very important. It's also a good idea to try to socialize her with the other cats by spending time with them together. One way to do this would be to sit on the floor in a room where there's enough open space on the floor and pet all the cats together. As your bond with her gets stronger, she'll feel safe with you, and therefore will feel safer around the other cats.
post #3 of 5
i agree, she just needs to get used to being around the other cats, im sure she will be fine soon
post #4 of 5
Well, it's a little late for the advice in this article, but reading it may help anyway.

I'd Like You to Meet... Introducing Cats

We now have five. We had one. One week later we had two. Several months later we had three, though Munchie was a foster. Then we rescued another. Then Munchie was adopted out. Then we brought in a fourth.

The third that stayed with us, Spooky, was timid, scared (can you tell by her name, lol?) and HATED the other cats. Or so it seemed. She would hiss, growl and bat at the other cats. She would occassionally aggressively go after them. (We live in an RV so don't have any room/space to segregate cats when they come in). She cooled down after a few weeks, but still hissed and growled if any of the others got too near. It took about three months for her to be completely comfortable with all of them. Whenever we bring a new cat/kitten into the home (we've since had one more foster and adopted two more rescues), it takes her about six weeks to accept them. Now she's buddies with them - she'll sleep cuddly with them, groom others and be groomed (although with our alpha kitty it often erupts into a short small brawl after 15 or 20 minutes - either he wants her to stop and she won't, or she wants him to stop and he won't - but no one gets hurt, it's just noisy for a minute or so, lol!)

Bottom-line: cats are both social yet territorial, and it can take time for them to establish their "space" in a new home, and for the new "set" of cats to work out who's who and what's what in the "proper" pecking-order of the new hierarchy, etc.

At this point, I'd let them deal with it in their own time and in their own way. I'd only stop fighting if tails are flared AND ears are back and they're seriously fighting in a way that one of them is likely to get hurt. A cat lying on its back with a foot up in the air is in a defensive position, not a "I give" position, and be ready for potential trouble.

You can consider purchasing Feliway, either spray or plug-ins. This is a synthetic hormone that mimics the friendly scent-marker in cats cheeks. It is GREAT for helping to calm multi-cat households - it really helped us once we found out about it. I'd douse the house with it (at cat cheek level). If you live in the states, it can be purchased from many pet stores, or online at petsmart. Internationally, I don't know.

You can also try Bach's Rescue Remedy - it is very calming to cats. Here's a link to a thread about Bach's Rescue Remedy and stress: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sh...t=Rescue+Remedy
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your advice, it has given me great reassurance that this is the natural order of things and we are already seeing an improvement!
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