My Siamese boy is Annoyed by a new arrival
My just-turned 9 month-old Siamese boy is perturbed by a new arrival (16 week old female Siamese kitten). After my boy lost two feline companions in a short space of time, I noticed that he acted lethargic and exhibited unusual behaviors (scratching the walls, biting and scratching me as if I were another cat, laying inactive on the floor for hours). So I adopted a 16 week old kitten thinking this would perk up his spirits. When she was brought in the door the day before yesterday, his eyes lit up and he meowed for her to put down with him. He played with her for hours and fell asleep with her in a chair. But yesterday and today, his attitude seems to have changed. Whenever I pet her or coo at her, he stares at me from across the room and flicks his tail angrily. He doesn't pay attention to her anymore and when she tries to play with him, he pins her down and scares her off. He will let her rub against him sometimes but he never licks her or snuggles with her. He used to let me hold him for up to 10 minutes and purr the whole time and snuggle with me on my shoulder. Now, whenever I hold him his body goes tense and he springs out of my arms after a moment or two. He doesn't talk as often and he sits on the kitten's new blanket as if to block her from using it (maybe I'm attributing too much human perception to that act?) Sometimes, he'll stare at me with what looks like hurt in his eyes and I feel really bad. I thought that bringing a new companion into the house would help him revert back to his old playful self. His old feline friends were both females, so a female kitten seemed like the perfect fit. I am away during the day, so I figured he could use the company as well. From the looks of it, though, he is hurt that I brought a new cat into the house. Does it sound that way from how I've described his behavior? How can I make him feel more at ease? I just want him to know he's still loved as much as ever.