New Cat Aggressive Towards Resident Cat

We just got a second cat. She is a nice kitty except that she attacks our resident cat, not playfully, she is serious. We introduced them carefully and try not to foster jealousy. The resident cat is a male and the new cat is a female. We are worried we may have to return her to the shelter. Any advice would be appreciated.

By lizzyanny from Seattle, WA

March 17, 20100 found this helpful

Give them time. It can take up to 2 months or more for the cats to get adjusted to each other. In the meantime give the new cat a safe haven like a spare bedroom with a litter box & let them adjust at their own pace. Believe it or not they will eventually like each other!

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

Jannieb's advice is spot on. New kitty is just doing what her instincts are telling her. I would like to add that a spray bottle filled with water set on "stream" would be handy if she continues on with the Top Gun behavior. It might prevent an attack and give her something to ponder.

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

I felt like you when I brought in a young female for a companion for my older male desexed cat. It took well over 6 months for them to even tolerate one another. After being together three years there seems to be a sort of friendship.

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