Cat meeting-Help me understand what's going on between my two cats please
Hello, I've posted here before on the topic of cat introduction.
I have a cat that has been living with us from when he was a kitten, he is 8yo now. (let's call him oldtimer
Under circumstances we had to take in another cat, also a male and an adult (over 5yo,but we're not certain of age) (let's call him newbie
Both have been neutered.
We've had newbie for almost a year now. Although the introduction was slooow and we did everything 'by the book', they still always fought (verbally) whenever they had the opportunity to come close to the same door and sniff eachother under the door, we've kept them in rooms that are separated by a hallway.
We've started with introductions again, using 2 meshed doors. Slowly we've made progress so much, that now, we have the doors separated by les than 0,5 m.
The thing is, now that the doors are much closer, the cats started behaving differently. Our oldtimer actually rolls over onto his back, stretches, yawns a bit and lays there. When he rolls on his back, newbie always tries to come closer to oldtimer and meows at him. The thing is, I'm not sure whether this means he's only curious, or might it be a sign of aggression/dominance? It's interesting since newbie is almost half the size of oldtimer, yet he seems to be the one who has a harder time accepting the other cat.
Also, when they get tired of eachother, oldtimer walks away calmly, while newbie always tries to keep an eye on him and when newbie walks away, he always meows and meows (he's not that verbal with us otherwise). Does anyone have a clue what this meowing means? Seems like he's complaining over oldtimer and isn't happy with him being there.
Should I increase the distance between the two meshed doors again? Are we going too fast for newbie? I've never had 2 cats before so I haven't a clue what that meowing and struggling to get closer to oldtimer, while he's laying on his back mean.
Please help, I'm not sure how to move forward from this point on
Last edited by marie73; 06-10-2019 at 06:45 AM.