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What is normal when a new cat enters the home?

Summer RobinsonSummer Robinson BaltimoreMember Posts: 181
edited 19 November, 2010 in Choosing the Right Cat
Ok, So last night we got a new kitty! He is a polydactyl cat ( 6 toes on his 2 front paws) and the cutest thing ever! Well, Ubasti does NOT agree that he is cute, and REALLY hates when he is near her daddy or pretty much around at all. She has been staying pretty far from him and hisses and sorta growls. She went up to him once and smacked him a bit, but hasn't really tried to hurt him. Is this good or bad? I know its best to separate them at first, but that was just not possible in out tiny apartment.


  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 19 November, 2010
    This is really common. The resident cat often reacts this way. Give it some time. It can take a week or two for everyone to take a breath and relax. But there's really no guarantee they'll ever get along - it's the chance you take. Hopefully they'll work it out between them and everyone will live happily ever after!
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 19 November, 2010
    Like BK said, this is pretty normal. If thats all she does, and its only been one, its actually going very well. It can take ballpark 14 days, for kitties to adjust, and some hissing, growling or having their nose out of joint, mol, is normal. As long as the resident kitty is not attacking the new kitty, then just keep an eye on both of them, and do not leave them together, unattended, for a few weeks. Shut the new kitty in the bedroom, while your gone, with kitty box, food/water, toys. And be prepared/ready with a water spray bottle, in case the resident kitty decides to attack the new kitty, that one, has to be nipped in the bud, immediately, and taught, its not tolerated. Just make sure daddy gives resident kitty alot of attention too, and pets resident kitty while he is petting new kitty. When I brought the kittens home at 8 weeks, Bump layed right down, and they tried to nurse him, and he just lay there and let them, but he is prob the exception, but he also had to learn, they were not toys, that moved by themselfs, mol, and not to play rough with them. When they try and play with Smokey, she bats them on the head, and walks away, playing with kittens, is beneath her. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Summer RobinsonSummer Robinson BaltimoreMember Posts: 181
    edited 19 November, 2010
    Thanks guys! I was worried! I have never done this before! Ubasti is only 7 months old so its not like she is an old cat or anything. She managed to be in the same room and not hiss every time he meowed today! Only when he would run at her MOL. So that seems like progress! I locked him out the the room and me and her took a long nap in my bed, and i shut him out of the room and she is still sleeping in there ( 4 hours later) so i think she really needed a break!
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