Cats not integrating.
First, while I've had cats for years, I've never tried to integrate multiple cats.
My husband and I are finally back in the same house together after 4 years of being apart (job requirements). He has one cat (about 5 years old), I have two (sisters, under 2 years old). Me and my two cats have moved into the house his cat has lived in for about 6 months.
We thought if there was a problem, would be one of my cats, Smudge. Unfortunately, the problem is my husband's cat, Nikita. We have been feeding them on the opposite sides of the door for 6 months. We switch them back and forth from the bedroom to the rest of the house. After a week, we thought things were going well, so we allowed them access to each other - and hubby's cat (Nikita) attacked Smudge and terrorized her so bad that she peed as she ran. So, we went back to square one.
It is now two months later. Still doing the door thing, switching, etc. Added in having Nikita on a leash while my other two have free run of the house. We have two Feliway diffusers plugged in. Nikita and my other cat, Merida, have been playing footsie under the door. Merida has approached Nikita while she's harnessed and they have touched noses without issue.
Merida slipped out the bedroom door today while Nikita had the run of the house, so we decided to allow them to interact. Merida approached to near Nikita, who immediately lunged at her and swiped, sending Merida running. No posturing, growling, any of the usual cat discussions of rank (just a little staring) - just went after her. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard Nikita actually growl.
Nikita was adopted from a shelter two years ago, so we don't know her history. My two were adopted as ferals from my barn at about 12 weeks old, I've known them since they were about three weeks old.
I'm at wits end. I just don't know what we are doing wrong, or what we can do different, besides drugging Nikita with kitty prozac or something.
Owned by Smudge and Merida
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