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New Cat and Resident Cat Fight?

I had two female cats who mostly got along, although the younger cat was somewhat of a bully. My older cat died. After a bit of time, we adopted from a rescue, another adult female cat. We kept them separated for about 3 weeks, however, they could hear each other. I tried petting one and then the other for the scent. My younger cat bites or scratches me if she smells the other cat. Introductions result in instant fighting. If they even see each other, there is growling and hissing. What can I do that I haven't already done?

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November 7, 20190 found this helpful

Give each cat a blanket with the others scent. In time they will get used to each other.

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful

Socializing cats is not always as easy as dogs, unfortunately and it may take time to achieve peace in the household.

Is the "younger bully kit" healthy? I always ask because sometimes hostility and behavior changes are physical.Getting a clean bill of health for the aggressive kit is important!!

If it is just that there is a newbie in the house, it can take up to 6 months of what you are already doing until they create a dominant and submissive relationship they can both agree on.

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Once you see their time together is peaceful for a few minutes, you can try to lengthen the time together each day until the magical day when there is no need to separate.

That all said, I have one friend who went through all of this socializing (over about a 6 month period) and it still didn't work--there was NO MAGIC between this boy and girl cat.

Her solution worked well for her, which was she had the boy cat upstairs and the girl cat downstairs.

It involved one closed door so it was not a huge inconvenience (although it did require attention to keep the door closed when the humans moved between the two floor).

These cats lived this way for many years and there was peace in that house.

They each had their own separate but equal litter boxes, food and water bowls, scratching pads, and kitty condos for climbing. They also each had a special window for bird watching and sunspot lounging.

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Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!

Post back with updates! Blessings and prayers for kitty peace!

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful

Give your cat a toy from the other so they can get used to the other ones scent. This may take a little more time for adjustment!

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful

This can be difficult and you did say the younger cat you have for a long time is sort of a bully. A rescue cat is hard to adjust to a new home to begin with and you did take an adult instead of a baby. This will make it harder and take longer for the two of them to get along. You can expect a lot of fighting in the next few weeks. To keep this down you should continue to keep them apart and try to exchange toys or blanks with each of them until they accept the other cat's smell.

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