Old cat not accepting new cat
Hi everyone! I'm new to this site. I have an 8 month old kitten and have had her for about 6 months now. She is our only pet besides my two parakeets. She goes with me to my parents' house nearly every weekend, and she is around other cats and dogs there but is scared of them. I just recently decided to rescue another cat.
I got the new cat home and followed the advice most people give about separating the two for awhile and let them smell each other. Well, my 8 month old would growl a little but was never mean towards the smell. But once I introduced the two face to face, my original cat hisses at the new one sometimes and growls when the new cat gets too close when she's not expecting it. The new cat, however, wants to play. This makes it difficult, because the new cat will playfully pounce towards the old cat and the old cat gets scared and hisses and runs. I am afraid that this will be how they act with each other forever. Is there any way I can get my old cat to accept our new family member? I make a point to pay as much attention to her as I did before, maybe even more attention. Please, if there are any suggestions, help!