Ok, before I explain my problem, let me just give you a little backstory. My current cat, Gaby, is 5 years old. I had been living with a friend and her cat for the past 5 years, so they were the only family Gaby had known. I just bought a new house, so Gaby and I moved out. She just wasn't the same once we were living on our own. She was sad, and seemed really lonely. We've been in our house for 2 months, and last Sunday I went to the Humane Society to get Gaby a little sister. This is what I need help with...
The new cat, Millie, and Gaby are not yet friends. I've been keeping them pretty separate. For the most part, they are always in different rooms. Gaby has been hissing at the door, growling, the whole bit. Is this normal? Will she get over it? Pretty soon I was thinking of putting Millie in her carrier and let Gaby smell her, but I'm worried Gaby will just hiss at her some more.
That, however, seems to be the least of my problems. Millie is crazy. I took her to the vet today for her first check-up, and he jokingly said she has "adhd". The vet tech said she must "have wings". She pooped in her carrier on the carride there, and I can't tell if it's because she was nervous, or what. She is CONSTANTLY clawing and biting at things. Is this a kitten thing (she's 11 weeks old)? How do I stop her from biting? I can't tell how much of it is playful, and how much is aggression. I'm worried that I'm never going to be able to leave her home alone, must less introduce her to Gaby. I'm worried that Millie is going to be one of those naughty cats who bites everyone, and gets into everything. Any advice for cats like this or introducing new kittens?
Reply To: snoopdogm
When you get a new cat and you already have one hissing is normal. I have a cat and we moved and he also acts like he is lonely too. Then we got two kittens and they still haven't got along together. We also found a stray and he poops alot too. I dont really know if this is normal for a cat. But I do know that cats and kittens can get nervous and act that way. Thats what happen to me. Well my cat that acts lonely, he sharpens his claws on our leather chair that only happened after the dog chased him, and he never did it again until we moved. Now I am worried that since we moved he'll run away. But you got to know that cats hiss at other new cats. Then if you want to know what Mille is doing, if thats how you spell it, is only acting that way because she might be nervous.
I have found that the fastest way to winning a new cat's affection is through food, food and more food. One thing I did with my new cat, pulled her out of a bush and she was very wild, was to cook some shrimp for her. When I brought her home for the first time she would not come out from under the bed. I put the food in a dish and she slowly came out to eat the shrimp. I then began feeding her by hand, and sure enough, we started to trust each other.
Just remember that for a new cat, they don't understand you want to love them. As far as they know, you are a threat and want to eat them. Show your new kitty lots of love, and she begins to understand you are her mommy and not a big bad wolf, she will start to love you in return.
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