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Hi all. About a week and a half ago, a half starved stray kitten showed up on my doorstep. We've been taking care of him, feeding him, giving him some vitamins, etc. He's progressing well and is a real sweetie. But, this cat has the hoarsest meow I've ever heard! It can barely be heard, even if we're holding him. Is this pretty common?

Also, what things can I do to make the presence of the newcomer easier for Bob, my gray tabby? He isn't happy at all and sees the kitten as an interloper, I'm sure. Bob has been staying outside more, isn't eating as he usually does, and is just generally not himself.

Thanks for any help!
 

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Well first I wanted to touch on something, I'm not much of one for animals being free roam outdoors. Specially with a new comer in the house, that he doesn't like (yet). Some cats will often just not come back, because they are upset.

A week and a half is not enough time for all cats to adjust, some cats take months to find a semi peacefull co-existance with eachother. Give them more time.

Show them both equal attention, play with them together, did you introduce them properly in the first place?

As far as the kittens meows go, some cats are just like that, cats can make about 100 different sounds, as apposed to dogs who can only make something like 10. When you bring the kitten in for it's check up, just make mention of it to your vet, but it's probably no need for concern. :)
 

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Sure, some cats just meow differently. For example, Charlie, one of my cats, barely meows and when she does, it can hardly be heard. As for your other cat, make sure you are giving him plenty of attention. He might feel threatened or forgotten. Like AngelZoo said, it can't take weeks or even months for a cat to adjust.
 
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