Newly adopted cats acting very strange....

Hello, I just adopted 2 6-year old Burmese cats (one male and one female, both are fixed and have lived together all their lives) from their original owner that could no longer keep them due to relocation issues.

When I brought them home the male cat is wandering around aimlessly like he is lost but not meowing or making any noise. When he finally settled down on my bed, I went to pet him and he started growling and hissing at me. But he doesn't bite or scratch. Every time I go near him, he starts hissing. The previous owner said that whenever she would move to a new home with them, the male used to walk around the house hissing at the air for a day or so. But the female seems to be adjusting well. She is approachable but has a little mood swing every now and then. I have been told that this particular breed is very sensitive and that type of behavior should disappear in a couple days. I'm just worried about him becoming socialized with the family because of his behavior. Is this type of behavior normal or should there be a cause for concern?

No I don't think there is cause for concern at this stage. He needs time to adjust to his new home, smells etc and needs to be able to feel secure and safe within his new home and territory.

It is likely that he feels nervous and so is warning you off at the moment.

he needs time to bond with you all too. I have a page here about bonding with new cats which you may find of further interest here.

Give him some more time and i'm sure he will turn into a lovely family pet. there are also some calming treatments you can get to help some cats settle down into their new home etc. felaway is one and there are some other alternatives on my page here


best wishes kate

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