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I need help regarding introducing our new Himalayan cat to our Tabby Cat. Here is a brief background.
We have had our Tabby, his name is Monty, for 4 years now. He is currently 11 years old. He is purely an indoor cat. We adopted him 4 years ago. He was with another owner who had multiple cats and dogs. However, the previous owner had to leave the country and so she had to give away her pets. We adopted Monty and he has been really our "baby." He is very gentle, loving and playful. He loves to be scratched and brushed.
Last Sunday, we decided to "adopt" another cat. This cat is a 5 year old Himalayan cat. His name is Julian. I was told by the previous owner that Julian used to live with another older cat who used to take care of Julian. He really acted like his "parent"... licking him, playing with him, and even litter-trained him. Unfortunately, the older cat passed away last December. Since then, the previous owner noticed that Julian became reserved and very introverted. He didn't like to play too much. So they decided to get a dog to keep him company. However, the puppy was too "playful and aggressive" that it made Julian more stressed.
We brought Julian home last Sunday. We live in a one bedroom apartment and Monty loves going to our bedroom. So since he likes staying there, we decided to keep him there while we let Julian stay in the living room area. We have kept them apart for most of the time. We would only let Monty out of the room for a couple of hours, letting him freely walk around the apartment when we are both home from work.
Monty and Julian seem to be very wary of each other. They are very mindful of each others' movement. There have been around a couple of instances when Monty would hiss at Julian and Julian would respond with a slight growl. No physical attacks have occurred. Tonight was the first time that they came face to face (maybe around 1 foot from each other) and all Monty did was hiss but he then turned around and went back to the bedroom. After a few minutes or an hour, again, Monty came out of the room and looked around. Then when they came face to face (this time around 2 or 3 feet from each other), again Monty hissed. Julian just look back at him. No aggressive behavior from Julian was noted.
My partner and I have decided that during work hours, we will keep Monty inside the room and let Julian roam around in the living room. Then when we get home from work, we will open the door and allow them to see each other. Then at bedtime, we will again keep Monty in the bedroom and close the door while Julian stays in the living room area.
We have a spray bottle in hand, just in case any physical fight happen. Fortunately, nothing has happened so far, thank goodness!
Is there any way I can make the introduction any better? Should I keep them totally apart? Monty and Julian are our first cats and we want them to really be good friends. Or, at the very least, we want them to learn to co-exist. We don't want any physical trauma to either of them. What advice can you guys give? Are we doing something wrong? Should we modify this arrangement? How soon can we allow them to freely roam around the apartment (without keeping Monty in the room)? Is Monty's reaction (hissing and retreating to our bedroom) a normal reaction?
So sorry for all these questions. I just hope you guys can give us some advice and let us know how we can make this "introductory stage" a successful one.
Any help and advice would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.
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