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Joined: 12/31/1969
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I need help!! I have a 2 1/2 year old female cat. She's a wonderful girl, very playful and funny. In the last month, however, we adopted a 6 mth. old kitten (female). We tried to follow the advise of slowly introducing them to each other. We even had the kitten in a separate room for about a month only bringing her upstairs for limited periods of supervised visits. But the older cat continues to hiss and growl at her anytime she's too close. Recently, the older cat has started to eat the kitten's food (all of it) and on a few occasions, chases the kitten down the stairs to the point that it takes extreme effort to get her to come back up. I'm a new pet owner and want to do what is right by both girls. Any advise in this situation?

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Hey, I rescue cats and have a similar situation also. The older female is just trying to establish her ground. With mine, the aggressor will chase and full-on attack the other. The only thing that works for me is a water bottle that sprays a hard stream. Mine still do this but he is learning that when he starts chasing the other and as soon as he sees the water bottle in my hand, he stops instantly. I don't even have to spray anymore. On the feeding, I just have to feed the wet food in separate rooms or try to start feeding them at the same time every day (a time where you are able to sit and watch for a few and if he tries to eat the baby's food, then get the water bottle). It has taken a few months to get him scared of the water bottle but now I put it in between the food bowls and they seem fine). It just takes a little while. I still get nervous leaving mine alone but eventually it will work itself out. The kitten will usually be pretty submissive and most of the time, he adult cats slack off because it's not a "fun" fight anymore. Hope this helps. Good luck!!!!