New cat in multiple cat house wants to hide
I brought my 14 year old male (neutered) cat into my parents' house when I came there to live after being in my own apartment for 20 years. My cat has never been exposed to another cat before this.
He was fine when I kept him away from the other, keeping him in my bedroom with litter box and food/water. I would let him walk around upstairs, but controlled his access to downstairs so that the other two (one is 16yrs, other is 2yrs, both males, neutered) cats wouldn't bother him.
After some time (I have been living here for 5 months now), we started letting Rusty (that's my cat) downstairs, and he began to deal with the other two cats. Sometimes the younger one would attack him, causing him to act oddly for a while. Usually he would act very timid, and hide under something for a few hours.
Things had been working out OK, when we put the youngest cat in the basement alone for the night, and just Rusty and Elvis (the oldest cat) would spend the night downstairs. We have food/water and litter boxes in all areas where the cats spend a lot of time.
For the past few days, Rusty has been acting strangely; wanting only to hide under the comforter on my bed. I had not been allowing him to sleep with me because he keeps me awake, but I think now it appears that he has been spooked by the other cat (probably Elvis, the 16 year old he spends the night with). He is just lying under the comforter, and if I try to bring him out, he growls and hisses. This morning, he acted as though something was hurting him. He would not let me touch any part of him except his face/head.
But he is eating OK, and it does not appear that he is sick, so I think it is all something emotional. My cat is stressed!
Later this afternoon, I pulled up the comforter, and I thought he might come out, but his eyes got wide, and he backed deeper under the cover.
I have brought his litter box and food/water back up into my bedroom, and am going to allow him to sleep with me so that he is not "terrorized" by the other cats.
Another thing he does is that when he and I are not in my bedroom, he rubs against my legs constantly, follows me around the house, and cries at me. I get the idea that he is trying to maintain me as his territory when I am outside his "home" field, which is my bedroom.
Like I said, I am going to keep him separate, at least for a while until he calms down.
But if I cannot sleep with him in the bed, I am going to have to do something else.