one mad cat

by carla
(douglassville, PA usa)

good day-

approximately 4 years ago we rescued our cat from a shelter; we love her and she is the most personable cat i have ever had; she's a love. 3 days ago, we rescued a kitten; our neighbor found an abandoned litter- so we thought it wonderful to help out.
My loving 4 year old cat is furious. She won't sit with me, whe won't come when I call her; she won't even sleep in my room, let alone next to me like she used to.
The kitten is about 5 weeks old (bringing her to the vet tomorrow); we keep her in the spare room and have only tried introducing the two once or twice a day..for only moments at a time. My older cat hisses and runs away. Wants NOTHING to do with the kitten.
What can I do? I want them to get along, but I will not keep the kitten if my older cat will forever be miserable.
please make suggestions on how we can make this a happy home again!

Answer by Kate
well your older cats nose has been put out of joint with the introduction of the new kitten. But what is needed is just time and a slow introduction process. the behavior your cat is displaying is completely normal cat behavior as her territory has been invaded and she has reverted to her instincts instead of her domesticated act. please see my page here about introducing cats to each other it is under the training section.

Don't worry after a little time some tlc and some slow and gentle introductions i'm sure your cats will settle down. best wishes Kate

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