I've been reading through a lot of the older threads on multi-cat households, but I'm hoping for some advice on my kitties' unique situation...
The players (both have been fixed)
(the resident cat)
- 6 y/o
- tiny (part munchkin or severe runt)
- missing her canines
- 4 y/o
- normal sized healthy cat
I've had Munchkin in my life for a year and a half, she's very affectionate, playful and a purring machine. For several months she'd seemed bored, wanting attention but at the same time not interested in playing or being petted, so I thought it was time to bring home a companion kitty for her. I adopted Stallion a few weeks ago, I chose him because he's also a black cat and he was very playful-which is just what I thought Munchkin would love. I'd also been advised that female cats do better with a new male cat. I did the introduction routine, and while they're not buddies, they can both be on my bed at the same time, sleep in the same room, etc.
: Stallion keeps trying to jump Munchkin's bones. Or.. at least I think that's what's happening-I've seen him try to mount her from behind. (And, in case you missed it above, they are both fixed, and she isn't behaving as though she's in heat as if part of her ovarian tissue is still intact.)
Munchkin seems to be scared of him. A lot of the time when he approaches her, she starts a low and threatening growl, her ears go back, and she hunches low. If he doesn't get the message, she scurries off. She doesn't even feel safe when she's having a purring/petting session on my lap!!!
I've gotten them both pheromone/lavender collars to calm them down, but it's not helping enough. Part of the problem, I think, is that they're a bit like Oscar and Felix when it comes to their personality and behavior. She couldn't care less about human food, he's obsessed with it and even wants to smell people's mouths! She's very
intelligent, he will keep chasing his tail until I get bored of baiting him in a circle. She gets annoyed at me when my apartment gets messy, he revels in causing messes. She plays by waiting and ambushing, he keeps leaping after the bait until it stops-which makes it difficult to get play time in with M when he's not separated. Also, I think he may be younger than the pound said, I'm not sure how they measure such things, but he acts more like a 2 year old to me.
I've tried doing a slow re-introduction, but it didn't change the growling, (which eventually leads to chasing and fighting). The only injury I've seen so far is a scratch to Stallion's lip, but I feel like Munchkin can't relax in her own home and I don't know what to do to make things better. Please help!
Edited to add: It may be worth noting that there's no spraying, leaving pee/poop uncovered, etc going on at all.