Re: Introducing a kitten to a kitten
I am currently going through the same thing. We got a 9 week old kitten last weekend to play with our 5 and a half month old baby. He hates her. It's been a week and I keep asking myself the same questions that you are - what am I doing wrong? What can I do to help them? It is so stressful and absolutley heartbreaking. My little boy is exhibiting the same behavior as your older one is...he keeps hissing and spitting when she gets near him on his level. I will say though, that over the week we have seen him getting a little better. He just ignores her if we are holding her and they are in the same room together. It is only when we put her on his level that he seems to really have a problem with her. He has even stopped hissing and growling when we put him in her room or when he smells her on us. But that took until about day four. Our biggest problem is that she wants out of her room and keeps throwing herself against it to be let out and sits and just cries. But, everything that I've read, and everyone I talk to keeps saying the same thing - it takes time, keep doing what you are doing. So, we continue to keep her in her room, rub a towel on her and put it in his sleep spot, pet her then pet him then pet her, put him in her room for an hour or two at a time and always give him treats when he doesn't howl or hiss. We have been spraying the Feliway whenever they meet and try to keep them in the same room for a little while at a time even if it means we are just holding her above him. We've tried the feeding thing at the same time but that doesn't work for us. We've also tried getting them to play under the door with the same string, that doesn't work either for us. I know how hard it is to leave one of them in a room by themselves and to have the other always following you - that happens at our house as well. Just be careful because our little girl did get scared of the boy for a little while - we had to start the process of introducing him again. If you haven't tried Feliway you might consider giving it a shot. It's a little pricey at pet stores, but you can get it online for cheaper. Good luck and please let me know if you find something that works.