Issues during confrontations between new kitten and resident cat
Hello, I got a kitten (4 months old), Marshie, about a week ago to give company to my resident cat, Fufu (1.5 years old). I kept Marshie in a room for 6 days to get her used to the new house and start the introduction process.
Over the past 3 days, I periodically open Marshie's side of the apartment for Fufu to enter. During these meetings, Marshie is usually in a playful mood and is running around her room. As soon as Fufu enters, Fufu sits next to the door for a couple minutes before slowly following Marshie until she eventually hisses and attempts to corner Marshie. Then, Fufu usually continually hisses or makes a weird throaty sound. Today, Marshie has started to retaliate by swatting at Fufu's face when she is cornered. Fufu will then sit quietly while Marshie continues playing. But once Marshie gets too close to Fufu, Fufu runs towards her again and corners her. So far Fufu has not even raised her paw on Marshie even once but she sometimes chases her around the room, but I'm afraid that their confrontations could get violent if Marshie continues to swat at her.
I'm curious if anybody has encountered something similar and if you have any advice for what I should do. Should I continue letting them meet like this? Should I get between Fufu and Marshie if Fufu looks like she is about to initiate a confrontation? I have ordered Feliway so hopefully that will cool Fufu's nerves. I sense that Marshie is going to be an alpha cat when she grows up. While I would probably consider Fufu beta in most situations, I'm afraid if their issues aren't solved before Marshie grows up their confrontations could get much more ugly.
Last edited by surjman; 03-18-2013 at 11:20 AM.