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Hi,

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We decided to get a new kitten (Leo) to keep our older cat (Mia) company. Mia is 12 years old and has lived with another cat (Monty) all her life until he passed away recently (6 months). We noticed a change in Mia's behaviour after this, more chatty, very needy, waiting by the door when we came home. We thought she may be lonely during the day and decided to get a new kitten.

Unfortunately, this hasn't gone well. We kept the kitten isolated in a seperate room for the first 4 days. They never saw each other and practiced scent swapping (inc feliway). Unfortunately, Mia came down with a stomach bug / vomiting (not related to the kitten) and had to spend 3 days at the vet. Once she returned and started eating normally we began introductions with feeding and play time. At the moment Mia is behaving normally, sleeping, cleaning, eating and keeping pretty much the same routine, but every time Leo comes near her its all hissing and growling (even growling at us sometimes). She just won't have a bar of the kitten. The kitten currently sleeps in the seperate room, leaving Mia time on her own, but has access to the house when we are home. The growling and hissing isn't showing signs of abating going into week 3.

Should we restart the introduction process from day one or continue as is with more feeding and play techniques?

Thanks in advance.

Mia = British Shorthair tortie (12 years)
Leo = British Shorthair lilac (12 weeks)
 

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Of course Mia is going to be the boss and not just because she's a lot older.....they don't call it "tortitude" for nothing!
Start over and continue what you were doing before; try and engage her in more play with a wand toy to drain off some energy. Switch them between the rooms, switch any blankets, etc. so they get familiar with each other's scent. Gradually bring them together.....feed them in same room but not side by side, gradually try playing with them together with a wand toy; give them treats together. You want Mia to realize that good things happen when she's with Leo. Give us an update on your progress. Lots of patience required. All the best!
 

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Thanks for the response.

it's funny because Monty was definitely the boss before he passed away. When we introduced Mia it was far smoother.

Mia (generally) is behaving normally. Still wanting snuggles etc. Unfortunately, Leo hasn't quite understood that charging at Mia expecting her to "play" isn't going to happen, this usually ends in a growl, a hiss and sometimes a swipe. We are trying to prevent this though distraction and supervised play, but she hasn't seemed to mellow at all (yet).
 

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ps: we did feed them "side by side" yesterday and this morning, about a 1 meter apart. That seemed to go well no growling or hissing. Other interactions not so well.
 
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