by Katarina M.
(New York, NY)
I have a 5 yr old male cat (neutered) that I had since he was 8 wks old. He's a great cat. Lovable & whenever anybody came to my apt he'd greet them, sit with them, love to get petted & then he'd leave everyone alone to visit. We'd play & he slept with me all the time. He followed me around, sat with me, etc but also had his own personal time alone often in closets or under my bed but he would always come out in a few hours. A few months ago I noticed that he seemed lonely, always looked sad, wouldn't play, spent more time alone, but he still slept with me & was still sweet, just very sad. The vet said he was 100% healthy. So I thought he'd be happier with a companion. I got a 2 yr old female cat from a foster home. She is lovely, playful, sweet, kind, just the kind of companion I thought my cat would love. I got her home (8/6/09) & he hissed/growled at the female but also just sniffed her. The next day I took the female to get spayed (8/7). I brought her home (8/9) & the male was hissing/growling at the female (I gave her a kitty bath to get the vet smell off) but also sniffing her face & being gentle even laying on his back to show his tummy. This was the first week. The second week is like the first. The female follows male ALL the time even tho he hisses/growls but she never hisses or growls at him. Then the male smacked her on the butt/face (on 8/15) & I told the male NO. The female didn't react just jumped cuz she was surprised but didn't growl or hiss or try to hit back. On Sun (8/19; 8/20 she got her stitches out) they got into a fight (fur flew) but no one got hurt. I don't know who started cuz in was 6am but before there was LOTS of growling/hissing. I had to take a t-shirt & swat at them to separate them while yelling HEY HEY STOP STOP. Fight lasted about 2 mins. Male ran under the bed, female just hung out like nothing happened. Male stayed under bed Sun & Mon & female kept looking for him. Male came out from under bed Tues. All good for a few hours. Male went into the kitchen to look around, female followed but kept distance. As male walked past female he hissed. Female wanted to play (I think) & pounced on male & took him by surprise. He fell into his bed & she pounced again & male ran under bed. On Wed I took male to my parents house for 2 days to make him feel better. When he came home Fri (8/23) morning he hung out for a while on top of my bed but still hissed/growled at female. All of a sudden male went under bed. So we are now going into week 3/4 - male hides under bed (when I pet him he always kisses me but is always looking to see if female is coming), female hangs out & when female gets close to bed male growls/hisses. On Fri nite (8/23) I closed the door to my bedroom & brought in food/water/litter
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