Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
I'm not really sure how you would handle this, but it doesn't sound like a good dynamic specifically because Princess, the new cat, is not respecting Michelle's boundaries as one of the resident cats. When Michelle hisses, Princess should back off and the fact that she isn't doing that might mean she is challenging for the alpha spot. Or the beta spot lol, as she seems to respect Buzzy's boundaries. It seems as if Michelle would get really stressed with this. Does she seem to be hiding more or has her behavior changed in any way?
I have brought in two new cats into my house in the last 2 months and my initial resident cat Penny is definitely the alpha still. When she hisses at the two new ones, they both back off and move away. The newest, Sunny, will also respect Mystique's boundaries and when she hisses he turns around and walks off.