Only 4 weeks into the introduction of our 12 yo cat to his new sister Billie (2 yo) and things are going great! They now spend the entire day together while we are at work with no missing appendages or gaping wounds upon our return home
. The old man will still occasionally hiss at his new housemate but I attribute that to general grumpy old man attitude and predict that it will subside at some time in the future
. For the most part they are getting along magnificently considering the amount of time they've been "together". This weekend we plan to let Billie out of her "room" for the night and see how their "sleepover" goes.
However, we are seeing one little annoying thing going on...
There is a litter box in Billies room and the old man has his in the basement (where it's always been). It's not uncommon for each of the cats to use each of the litter boxes and NOT BURY their business. Last night I caught the old man using his own and NOT BURYING his poop. It stunk so bad I rushed over and buried it myself.
I presume this behavior (by the cats, not me) is an effort to establish their dominance. Is is best for me to not interfere and bury the poop when I notice that they haven't? Or, assuming I can stand the smell, do I just let them work it out?
If it works for Billie to be 100% free of "her" room I will put both litter boxes back downstairs. Should I put them close to each other, several feet away from each other, or in opposite corners of the basement?
Thanks for your help in advance!