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13 Dec 2004

My older cats HATE my new kitten!! DESPERATE for help from anyone!!
i have 2 precious little female angels both just under 2 years old. One friday i found an abandoned kitten and immediatly took her to the vet. She had all her shots and was dewormed and everything. the vet said she is very healthy.

I took her home to met her New "sisters" and they hate each toehr!! Im so upset because i know this little kitten hasnt had a nice life so far and i dont want to disrupt the lives of my other 2 cats but i dont know what to do! they spent all weekend hissing and growling at each other and this little kitten doesnt back down. She hisses and growls just as much as the other two!

My one cat spent the whole weekend sleeping on the couch instead of on the bed with us.

We named the kitten Trouble cos thats what we were in when we got home. At the momnet i have to lock her in the bathroom when i go to work as i am afriad the other cats may attack and kill her!

Please tell me what i can do to help with this settling in process? The baby seems to have settled in fine and now ignores the others when they hiss at her, she runs around like she owns the place, but i desperatly want my older cats to love her like they love each other !! I have even thought about buying a water squirter and squirting the cat that hisses and growls even tho i thought this was cruel before, but im desperate!!

Someone please help me!!
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Buffs
One really never knows how existing cats will react to a new kitten. However it is unlikely that they will kill her. To give them the best chance I suggest that you introduce them very gradually and only allow the kitten into one room at a time for at least two weeks. This way the older cats will smell her presence slowly spreading around the home. At the same time you could use a towel or soft brush to brush all the cats so their scents mingle. Ideally you should introduce them with the kitten in a wire cage for 10 minutes a day, always giving the older cats lots of positive attention while you do this. You could try feeding them this way, giving the kitten its food in the cage and the cats their food outside the cage, but in the same room. Gradually they should get to know each other and you can open the cage and allow the kitten to explore. Don't use any form of punishment for now as the older cats may associate it with the new kitten and it will raise stress levels even more. Cats do take a long time to accept a newcomer, so be patient.
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