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Q: Any more ideas to help adult cat adjust to kitten?

Stephanie

I've had my sweet little Bella for a couple weeks now. Buddy is adjusting, they even played together yesterday and touched noses! Grease, not so much. He hasn't gotten worse, but still hisses and growls. He is affectionate with me at least. He heard Bella meowing in her room and hissed and growled at that. I let them see each other at least once a day for a few minutes. A couple of times they got too close and Grease took a few unfriendly swipes at her (no harm done). Bella is out and about a lot more, when the boys are outside or when its just Buddy. But I can't let her and Grease be unsupervised. Any more ideas on how to help Grease accept/tolerate her?

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daryl b.
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Jul 20, 2010

i don't know if this will be much help but as long as they don't hurt each other i let them work it out for themselves

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Brian D.
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Jul 20, 2010

spend time with grease and your new cat at the same time play with both and show attention to both of them at the same time

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MissEllaneous
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Jul 20, 2010

Hi Stephanie,
We have gone through this process several times in the last 40 years. It is nerve wracking, I know.

How aggressive Grease is will depend, in part, on if he has been neutered. I would be more concerned if he has not. Either way Males can be very territorial, especially about their "people". The fact that he didn't jump on her, is good. I still wouldn't leave her out with him until she gets bigger.

It might help to bathe the kitten and get all of the "away from home" smell off her. Dry her with the same towel you used earlier in the day before you wash it. That will put some of your scent on her. (sounds silly, but it does help a little.) You might even want to rub her down in one of your and your husband's shirts when she gets dry. If you wear an old shirt and let her sleep on it and wear another old shirt and put it out for Grease and Buddy to sleep on it may help familiarize the scents as well.

While I wouldn't leave them alone together yet, I would definitely let them feel each other out. They are going to have to work this out on their own terms. If you have a laser pointer, you can try playing hide and seek with the light. They just may get so involved looking for the light that they end up playing together or at lease in parallel play.

I hope some of this helps.

Keep me posted.

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