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So, this starts off with my two cats: Charlie and Louie. They were brothers from the same litter. My family adopted them together and they always got along: cuddling, playing and loving each other. Coming up on their third birthday, however, Louie passed away. Three weeks later, we decided to get Charlie a new companion not only so he'd have another playmate, but also to help us feel better after loosing our sweet Louie. So, we decided to adopt a female kitten and named her Sophie. Right away, Charlie was hissing and swatting at her, but we just figured it would take him time to adjust, well it's been three months and they have developed the strangest dynamic.

Sophie absolutely seem to love Charlie. She follows him everywhere, she copies him and she's even started licking his head when he's eating. She gets excited when she sees him and just seems to be obsessed with him, overall. Charlie, on the other had, still can't stand her. He's already a bit of a grump, but gets even grumpier when he sees her. He growls at her all the time and the two have gotten into scuffles regularly (nothing bad, neither one are using their claws). It seems as though Sophie annoys the absolute tar out of him precisely because she follows him around and copies him and licks his head while he's trying to eat. Is there any way I can try to help them kind of come to a middle ground of Sophie not pestering him and Charlie actually getting along with her? Does anyone have any advice?
 

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Well, if you didn't do a proper introduction, they didn't start out on the best foot, especially Charlie (keeping them separated, introducing them slowly over a few weeks). Or maybe you did.


It really doesn't sound that bad. My Cinderella and Cleo never became buddies, even though, like Sophie, Cleo tried soooo hard. They remained frenemies until the end. No fighting, Cinderella just tolerated her.


I would give your cats treats together, so Charlie can see that being close can be a good thing, maybe play with them together. Like I said, it doesn't sound that bad, she's being a kitten, and he's being a grump. :)


Maybe separate them when they eat (for a couple weeks) so she won't lick his head and annoy him?
 

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Thanks for the response! To be honest, I don't know how well or not I introduced them. I've never introduced a new cat to a pre-existing cat before, so I tried to follow the advice I was given but I'm not sure how well I did lol. I'm definitely going to try giving them treats together and perhaps separating their food. They try to eat each other's food anyway, so it might be a good idea for more than one reason. Thank you for the advice :3
 

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You've very welcome! I feed all my girls separately. When I have their food ready, they all run to their own eating spots. Cracks up my friends. :)
 
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