new kitty

@trisha27 (3498)
United States
July 17, 2009 12:57pm CST
Just yesterday my hubby found a kitten crying outside and its so adorable. We think though that its about a month old that's how little it is. Well anyway we are thinking of keeping it we have already given it a name and everything. We could not part with it because we live were it is mostly 100 degrees and to leave him outside at his age would not be good. Well here's the problem and I wanted to see if anyone could give me any pointers or tips. This kitten like I said above he's about a month old and the problem is I have another cat but she's older she's like a 1 yr and 3 mnths. And well she really seems not to like her. I called the animal shelter and they are like hissing is normal and everuthing anf that is what the older cat has been doing. They advised me to put the younger cat in the cage and the older one on the outside and let her sniff him, but all she does is hiss. Well I don't want to leave the younger kitten in the cage the whole time, but I'm fearful that the older cat would hurt her I want to spend time with the younger cat as well as the older one. So till the younger one gets bigger cause he's like tiny tiny I have confined him to the sofa and the older one does nothing but watch him. Is this a good thing or am I doing something wrong. If anyone has an older cat and a kitten and could give me some helpful advice on getting them along the path of being friends or whatever would be greatly appreciated thanks
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
20 Jul 09
If all that's going on is hissing and the older cat had not tried to attack the kitten, then it should be all right given time. Introducing a new cat is always difficult, but just as long as they are not locked in mortal combat as soon as they see each other, the new arrival will eventually be accepted, though it might take a year or more. You are not doing anything wrong.
20 Jul 09
I'm going to find out just how difficult since I've just said yes to taking one of Tattylash's black kittens. And I alresdy have four cats, and one of them is a pretty cranky thing at the best of times so I'm in for some interesting times after mid September.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Cats are solitary creatures and you have brought in an invader to your older cat's territory. Things should calm down after a while in the mean time give your old cat as much if not more of your attention. They may never be best friends. Make sure the little one has a place to escape to.
@trisha27 (3498)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Thank you I will definitely keep that in mind to have a safe spot to run to and I really do hope things calm down.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I know you want to spend all your time holding that precious baby, but what you NEED to be doing is assuring your resident cat that she is not being replaced. You need to give her lots of extra loving and do your best to seem to ignore the kitten. The kitten won't be harmed by the lack of attention and your grown cat will be more accepting if she sees that she not being replaced.