Hello, my name is Sarah from the UK and we have 3 cats, Amber 11 (british shorthair female), Samson 2 (ragdoll male) plus a recent addition Mia 1 (rescue female), all neutered. Looking forward to getting some advice from this site as we are having some issues with introducing Mia to the family.
Mia wasn't really planned, we went to local fair at our village hall and they had a few stalls at the back from the area cat humane society, with 5 cats there for rehoming. Well we fell for Mia who was so friendly rubbing her face on us through the bars of her cage and the rest is history.
That was 5 weeks ago. We followed the process I have used before, 2 weeks in her own room, no contact with others , just smells under the door. Scent swapping of blankets etc. Then for 2 weeks put up a plastic screen, also did the old switcheroo between rooms.
Amber not bothered at all about Mia and just carried on as normal, mainly sleeping ha ha. But Samson is obsessed. He was at the door all the time and the screen but never showed aggression, never hissed or growled. Mia would growl but after the 2 weeks they would sit either side of the screen quite close and be fine.
So we let them be together supervised and all seemed well but Samson just follows Mia everywhere, then if Mia runs, Samson chases
this frightens Mia and she turns and hisses, growls etc, then usually jumps on my bed. Samson will then lay on the floor until Mia moves then off we go again. Samson has got hold of Mia once and she screamed the house down.
I keep them separate while I am at work and at night and just let them interact on an evening when we are all at home
Is there anything else I can do? and do you think this obsession will calm down in a few weeks?
Thank you and sorry for the long post