I'm posting this wherever I can, trying to find the best solution. So if you've seen it posted somewhere else, I humbly apologize. Here we go...
We have two cats that we raised together from about 6 or 8 weeks old. They were both strays; one, Turk, is a very affectionate, people-friendly cat and the other, Pixie, was once a feral cat. As she grew up she began to love people and she now rolls in the floor for attention and behaves like a normal cat, only she hate, hate, HATES being picked up. Pixie has been spayed and Turk is neutered.
Enter the Kitten. My parents had an adorable little black kitten on their back porch that was a stray but as sweet as she could be. Her personality reminded me terribly of the cat I had had for years growing up, so I couldn't resist picking her up and taking her home with me. Well, I didn't do any research on it, because I am ignorant of the ways of cats and it was kind of a short-notice affair. So, we did the unutterably stupid thing and tried to introduce them right away.
I know. Horrible, right? I'm aware now.
Pixie was initially okay with her, but after a few hours she began to FLIP. She would growl and hiss and run around like crazy, going so far as to bang her head on the wall as she tried to escape. So we put the kitten in a bathroom and I finally researched the business. We tried several suggestions from all over the internet, but whenever Pixie smells the kitten's scent, she goes INSANE. It's gotten to where we have to lock her in a bedroom. And the worst part is that now she goes nuts whenever she sees Turk, too.
Is there any hope for them? I was going to just take the kitten back, but now that Pixie seems to have rejected Turk as well, I'm not so sure. Turk is a very social cat, so we want him to have another cat around that doesn't hate him. I have an aunt that would love to take in Pixie, but I don't want to consider that unless there's no way to reconcile her with Turk...
By the way, this morning when I visited Pixie, she was very happy to see me and acted like her old self. That's the weird thing. One minute she'll be very happy and sociable around people, the next she'll hear or smell another cat and retreat under the bed, growling and hissing.
Any ideas?? Thanks so much for reading this stupidly long post.