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In Reference to: Proper and Safe Integration of a New Cat
I am trying to integrate a 4 month old female kitten from the shelter into my household with my 7 year old male maine coone and my 5 year old female calico.
The kitten has her own room [the guest room] which is large and has two twin beds. She has been there for 2 weeks and is very skittish every time I enter the room, but then comes around and plays. I play with her twice a day as I work.
The first time I let the calico in, they hissed at each other. Now, they sit about 4 feet apart and just stare at each other.
Last night the maine coone came up to investigate and the kitten understandably ran under the bed as Remy is quite large. The maine coone stared a while and then went out of the room and hissed twice quite loudly on his way out. I also see him being aggressive with the existing calico.
It was just the three of us in the house before the kitten and we are very close. I really want this to work out with the kitten.
Please give me some hopeful/helpful words, suggestions.
Thank you so much,
Judy, and the felines too, Remy, Chloe and Jamie
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