Introducing a new cat
I own a six year old Birman boy named Malachi, and when his companion of five years died of FIP in April, he became very needy and demanding of attention, crying alot. A few days ago, I bought an 18 month old Birman boy (Raphael) to be his new friend. The first night, I did not introduce them, but allowed the new kitty to get accustomed to his new digs. I have Raphael set up downstairs in our sun parlor with everything that he needs, whereas Malachi rules the second floor.
This evening, I brought the new kitty in his carrier and placed it in the living room where the resident boy lives and rules. This is what happened: the new kitty hissed first and that provoked the resident boy to growl and utter sounds I have never heard come from a cat before. It sounded like a low howling noise, almost as if he was talking and telling the newcomer off. The kitty also made these sounds, but not as loud or forceful. Is this normal behavior for a first meeting? Malachi has always been the alpha male, even when his brother was alive. So I expect he will be so again. Both boys are very, very sweet and affectionate cats with people and I was a little surprised by the level of aggression they displayed toward each other. Suddenly these two love bugs had turned into two lions! What do you suggest that I do next? Thanks for the help. I sure hope these two can get along eventually.