New cat harassing old cat
Hi, I'm after some tips / advice / techniques. We have had a female cat Roxy for 3 years, she moved in with us from a neighbour. She is about 7 years old, very affectionate, responsive and spends most of her time indoors abour 3 feet away from me or my husband! About 6 weeks ago a stray female turned up in our garden and promptly moved in. We have called her Fidget. The vet recons she is about 5 years old, but that is a guess based on the condition of hear back teeth. We don't know if she has been spayed. We are having terrible trouble getting the two girls to bond. Fidget constantly follows Roxy around, often chasing her when she turns away from her. Roxy just runs away, sometimes stopping in another room and then turning and hissing or howling at Fidget and then they are in a stand off. Roxy now spends most of her time hiding away where fidget can't find her, only really coming out for food & toilet. It's very upsetting to see Roxy so intimidated and withdrawn. We have tried Feliway plug in, calming food, tablets & syrup but things are getting no better. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Answer by Kate
well my first piece of advice would be to take her to the vets to make sure she is spayed and if not have this done. having another cat move in is bad enough but one that is not spayed would be very upsetting indeed for your cat.
there is also a process you can take your cats through which helps them to accept each other without the fear of attack. it does take a little time and effort on your part but is worth it in the end. Please this page for more details on this.
best wishes Kate
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