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I have two kittens: Pumpkin (female) and Peanut (male). They are both fixed. We got pumpkin around 2 months ago, and we got peanut around a month ago. We did everything I could possibly find online about how to introduce cats. We swapped scents as often as possible and had them switch rooms often. We fed them on either side of a closed door until Pumpkin didn’t seem uncomfortable or hiss. We then used a baby gate to feed them on either side of until they could comfortably eat next to each other. After this we would let them into the same room while distracting them with treats and toys as long as we could until they started to make eye contact or seem like they might go towards each other. However we have gotten completely stuck here. We have been doing this twice a day followed by a meal and they just aren’t getting any better. If they aren’t eating or playing with a toy (which only works sometimes), they are on each other in seconds. Only during meal time can they be inches away from each other and totally fine. At first I thought it might be playing, but then I realized they had claws out and ears back so I stopped them as quickly as possible. They rarely hiss when they fight, but they chase each other around the house and try and scratch each other up. It is getting increasingly difficult to keep them separated because we live in a small apartment, and neither of them like being trapped in the bedroom, so when we open the door, whoever was in there sprints out and immediately starts a cat fight. I even bought two Feliway diffusers in hopes of calming them and it hasn’t helped. I love both of my cats very much and hate the thought of having to give one of them away but i don’t know what to do anymore. I feel like I am losing my mind! Please help!
 

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Well, I think first you need to trim their claws. That will minimize any damage done. Easier said than done, I know, but there are two of you. And all that's really necessary is their front claws. I don't think they can do much damage to each other at this young age, but I know it's distressing to see them fighting. It sounds like you've been doing everything right so far. I would put a dab of vanilla flavoring (or whatever you have on hand) and put it near their noses and their bums. Then take a towel to both of them and rub the scent all over their bodies with the same towel. That will really make them smell alike. At some point, you may have to let them work it out, because it sounds like they're trying to establish who will be the alpha cat. My twins used to chase each other and wrestle like boys. That continued for almost 13 years when I lost Cali last year. When they were younger I did break it up when it seemed like one was hurting the other. But I think it would have been okay to let them work it out (supervised, of course).

This picture is from their first weekend with me. There was no actual contact, just a picture taken at the perfect moment. Never say "bite me" to your sister.

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And they were inseparable, the chasing and wrestling was their idea of fun.


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I hope your little ones can work this out. But I would only let them be together when someone's around, which I'm sure is what you're going.

Best of luck!
 
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