Our Cat Has Lost Her Mind, Please Help...

Hello,
My wife and I just brought home a new kitten yesterday and our established cat (Shadow) immediately became very aggressive towards the two of us.  Shadow is a Maine Coon and weighs about fifteen pounds, so she's a pretty large cat.  We live in a nice big clean home, so there's much room for everyone and the little kitten even has her own room.  The only contact they've had is when we had Shadow check out the kitten, while the kitten was inside of a carrier.  We've given Shadow her space, but she's literally lunged on numerous occasions at both me and my wife, trying to attack us.  We live in Portland, Oregon and a couple of years ago we went through a big snow storm for about a week and this is when Shadow (about five to six months old at the time) came to our door and we believed she was a feral cat and the Multnomah County Animal Shelter also thought there was a good chance?  We had taken her to the shelter after she had road out the storm in our bathroom for a few days, hoping her family would come looking, but no one ever did and we had told the shelter not to put her down, we would take her if it ever came to that.  Shadow has always been an aggressive cat and she'll occasionally show her dominance towards my wife, but she's never tried to actually harm us like what we've seen over the last twenty-four hours.  I'm 6'3 and 245 lbs. and I'm even scared of her now, she just tried to attack my wife and then she turned and ran at me (while hissing and growling), but luckily she proceeded to slip on the hard wood floors and passed me without incident.  Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, we truly feel like prisoners in our own home and this just isn't fair to anyone involved, Thank You!  Scott & Alice.

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alleycat97470

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This is the wife of above poster.  I am so scared that we will have to give up the old meanie cat, "Shadow".  There is no other family that could tolerate her mean and aggressive ways and she will most likely have to be "put-down" if we cannot resolve this situation.  Please take a moment to help us figure out what to do next.

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Kayla

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I really hope that you haven't had this cat put down. You took the cat in afor cared for it and it sees you as its owners now. If it was a ferral cat then it is most likely used to doin it's own thing and with you taking it in, it had to get used to the way you guys want things. You have brought a kitten into the house and the cat had got jealous of it. My cat was the same with my kitten at first but instead of trying to attack me it would just not come near me, just different personalitys. Your cat shows anger whereas mine just didn't want to know me, but now the cats get along fine. I'm quite shocked that you didn't want the car putting down when you first found it but now you do because it it getting angry, if it only started getting angry when you got the kitten then that's the problem. And as for saying nobody who you know would take the cat, why would the cat have to go? You have had it longer than the kitten and more people would take a kitten than a cat. I guess you may have already made your decisions but when it comes down to it, it looks like your cat might have been right, you were replacing here with a kitten?? 

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