I got a new 6 week old kitten "George" on Sat. am. It was a spur of the moment thing - just followed a free kitten sign. We have a 14 month cat named "Raven" who has been with us for 8 months. When we got home, I immediately introduced Raven to George - not a good idea. Raven is very upset. She hisses, growls, and wimpers in response to George. We live in a small 1 bedroom apartment. I have been keeping Raven in our bedroom with the door closed, but she seems to be depressed. She just lays on the bed in the same spot. Her 5' treehouse condo is in the living room and I'm sure she doesn't like being stuck in the bedroom. I've tried holding Raven and walking around with her, but when we get near the kitten, she starts digging her claws into my arms and starts with the evil hissing (she looks like the devil when she does that). I have tried letting her loose and supervising on the first night, but she started swatting and the kitten is just too small to risk him getting hurt. At night, Raven usually sleeps in the bedroom with us. The first night we let her, but when I got up in the middle of the night, the kitten ran into the bathroom meowing and I had to switch the cats out. So last night we just started with the kitten in the bedroom and the cat outside, but all she seemed to do was sit outside the bedroom door! I feel so bad about how upset Raven is feeling. I hate having to keep one of them locked up in the bedroom. Additionally, I am by myself during the day and do work on the computer for our eBay business mostly in the bedroom. If I leave the kitten in here, he wants to go out to play in the living room, but if I leave him outside he just meows to get in by me. Both the kitten and Raven need my attention, but how do I do this when they have to be kept separate? I know I shouldn't have introduced them right away like I did. Please somebody tell me there is still some hope!
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10/17/05 at 5:31am