Originally Posted by rosiemac
It took two weeks for Rosie to accept Sophie, and thats good!.
Pepper has a stranger in "her" house thats all, so she needs time to accept the new arrival.
Rosie hissed and growled at me at first, but i would go up to where ever she was every hour and just spend some "me and her" time talking to her and telling how much i love her, just showing her really that she was still wanted
Read the link that MA put up for you because it does help, but take it one day at a time and try and not show how stressed you are because cats can pick up on it easily.
You'll need patience, but it will pay off in the end
Ditto, ditto, triple ditto on this.
I have been a new mom to Napoleon for over a month...having integrated him with Cassie the resident cat who had never been socialized with cats (except when she was real little). As my behaviorist told me, it's like adopting a child who speaks Mandarin and trying to integrate her with a kid who speaks nothing but English -- they have to find common ground.
They are having a power struggle, meaning Napoleon wants to see how much charge he can take, but Cassie is not only reluctant to give him his "territory," but she won't easily take to being the "alpha" cat either.
They need to work out their differences themselves. I know, it's tough because one day you have a sweet lovable kitty, to one that is on the defensive. This morning, Napoleon was in the other room, and Cassie came into bed and laid on me and started to purr.
She hasn't done that in weeks, since she was introduced to him.
Just take it slow and definitely "do it by the book" -- read the links they have here. This board is also incredible supportive and wonderful. I've learned a lot.