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Hello,

My grandmother recently died, and I have always promised her that I would take care of her cat, Toki. Toki is a male, about four years old, and was rescued from the pound when he was around one. He's always been kind of timid, but very nice. Because he was so timid at times, my grandmother thought he may have been abused. I don't know if that is a sign or not.

Now I have another cat, Mildred, already at home. Mildred is a 12 year old female. When I brought Toki home this morning, Mildred ran up to him and started growling. Eventually, she attacked him. Toki really wasn't fighting back, just hissing and staying back. Like I said, he is very timid. During the ordeal, Toki had an accident, so I had to give him a bath. While giving him a bath, he growled violently at me and kept biting me. He is not a mean cat, but just very afraid.

After the bath, he has been hiding in the bathroom for going on four hours now. When anyone walks in the bathroom, he immediately starts growling and hissing.

Does anyone know what I can do to comfort him; to get him out of this scared state he's in? Also, what can I do to make the cats “friends”? Is there anything? Could Mildred be antisocial and always be mean to him?

Thanks for any replies!

Regards,
Will Bennett
 

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Cats consider their home their territory and do not take kindly to intruders, so Mildred is acting perfectly normal. So an introduction process is needed to help pave the way. The first thing is that Toki needs a safe room that is not a room that has a lot of traffic. He needs to be given time to acclimate to the changes he's been subjected to. Remember, he has no idea why your grandmother is no longer around and he's been moved from his home. It may take him a few days to feel comfortable. Then you need to start the intro process with Mildred. Google "cat introduction" and you'll find a ton of articles on how to do this. Here's one to get you started....but read several and decide on which suggestions work best for your physical situation and the cats personalities.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... roductions
 
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