Semi new cat owner needing intro help!
Hello all, bare with me as this is going to be a lengthy post, but i really appreciate any help!
I have had my first cat for a year. Her name is Nova and she is two years old. We have fish tanks and shes constantly trying to hunt the fish (normal, but this will make more sense later.) When we first brought nova home, she didn't hide and wasn't nervous. She immediately felt right at home. Nova does not like to snuggle or receive love unless it's on her terms. But she really is a sweet kitty.
Last night, we put Raisin in the front of the house to let him get familiar there, and kept nova in the back of the house with us (with the door shut, because Raisin is constantly trying to climb the gates now.) All the other nights my bf and I slept separately.
We recently rescued a 6 month old male cat named Raisin. He is quite skittish, but SUCH a sweet heart, loves to snuggle and be on your lap. When we brought him home, he hid a lot, unlike Nova. My bf and I live in a small one bedroom apartment so the only place to let him get comfortable was the bedroom. They have been separate for 5 days now, with limited interaction via baby gates and having Nova on a harness.
The whole issue is that Nova is a serious hunter, and is trying to hunt Raisin. I would take this as playful, but she doesn't even get a chance to catch Raisin bc he gets into a hiding spot. The one time we let them freely interact Nova's hair raised on her back, her tailed puffed, and she chased Raisin into hiding. She then waited with her hair raised for Raisin to come out/tried to coax him out, which caused Raisin to growl a lot. Raisin has done most of the growling and hissing, Nova just always looks aggitated and has tried to also hunt Raisin through the baby gate.
I am so new to this, so excuse me for my stupid questions but do you think we should keeping having the interaction with Nova on the harness? I am SUCH a nervous nelly and don't want Raisin getting hurt, and it seems like they both aggitate each other, but when we have the door closed, they paw under the door and there is no hissing! I am so confused by this.
I'm sure i'm leaving key info out, so feel free to ask me for more, and thank you in advance for all the help.
Last edited by sierranwomack; 02-17-2011 at 04:13 PM.