Introducing New Cat, Lots of Fights

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dpaanlka, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    I tried introducing a new adopt-a-kitty, 10 month old male to a female I've had for about 2.5 years. Both are spayed/neutered whatever the correct term is.

    Upon bringing new kitty home, I kept it in a locked area of the house for about five days. The only option for contact with the other cat was under the doorway, although I never personally noticed any such contact. Inside the locked area were some favorite items belonging to the old cat.

    Introducing them, at first, they seemed very cautious of each other, but now the male (new cat) seems to just viciously attack the female (old cat).

    Anything I should try? I really like the new cat, he's way way more sociable than the old one ever was.
  2. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    if i were you, i would let it play old cat always did this when i first brought my new cat home. now they are best buddys.
  3. rfrankl macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2006
  4. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Not necessarily.

    Where you have an older female, who may be naturally timid, and a young aggressive male, it is possible that the situation will never resolve.

    That was certainly the situation in my household. The young male was a bully, and the older female simply didn't know how to defend herself. She ended up spending all her time hiding from him. And most of her hiding places did not include a litter box - so you can imagine what a disaster that was! I ended up having to get rid of the male. He (and his sweet little twin sister, who went with him) ended up in a lovely home the very next day after they were put up for adoption, for which I was grateful. He just couldn't live with us.

    You might want to try helping the female along, by giving her more attention & feeding her first (with him crated, so he can't steal her food) - so that he learns that he's not the boss. But if she's naturally timid, there may be nothing you can do to change their natural pecking order. (And I guess it's possible that interfering could even make things worse . . . . :()

    Good luck to you!
  5. NewMacGirl macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2007
    We had the same problem and had to keep the cats in adjacent rooms for a few weeks. We then slowly opened the door but jammed it ajar so they could see and smell each other but not physically harm each other, We did this for a few more weeks slowly opening the door a bit more.

    It took about two months but now they are the best of friends.

    I found this just now and seems to say what we did (but we did it out of neccesity as they would have killed each other if we had not kept them apart)
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I agree with that, particularly the last part.

    And honestly, if this doesn't work out and you have the urge to get rid of a cat, make it the new cat. I know you said you like your new cat, but getting a new cat and then giving another one up sounds quite cruel. Being "your" cat shouldn't be an ongoing interview process.
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    it takes a while for cats to adjust. My friend says 2-3 months is not uncommon when introducing a new cat.
  8. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    My two still have some really vicious looking fights and they are brother and sister. It's sometimes very hard to decide whats playing and what is fighting.

    I definitely agree that it can take a long time and they best way to do it is to slowly increase contact over the course of time.
  9. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    We'd like to get a new cat, but we've had our cat (a male) for almost 13 years now and we're pretty sure it would be a disaster if we tried to bring a new kitten into his house. I mean, our house. :D
  10. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    #10 mom has an older female cat, and they brought in another younger male cat probably about two years ago, and she still HATES him. She's downright nasty to him, swatting and hissing. I don't think it'll ever stop!
  11. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    We have the same thing at our house, an old female cat that was very shy - hates being touched - and we introduced a bengal - known to be very wild an "King of the Hill" - and they still fight all the time. In this case, however, the female seems to provoke most of it, but I don't think they are ever going to get along.

    One of the cats has dominated the upstairs while the other lives downstairs for now to avoid each other. But every once in a while, the female cat will come upstairs looking for trouble and that's when the fur flies.

  12. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
  13. mrocha7997 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    I screwed up the new to old cat introduction

    My boyfiriend and I screwed up the cat-to-cat introduction, we let them see each other right away. Needless to say, they chased each other and were tumbling around our livingroom for quite some time. They never stopped, not even for treats or the spary bottle. Is it too late to try the whole isolation approach? We live in a small one bedroom apartment, our old cat sleeps with us so locking him out of the bedroom is not an option and he is used to being with us when we get home. We were thinking of keeping our old cat in our bedroom with us at night and then switching him (and all his stuff) out to the livingroom when we are home. Is this going to cause more problems?

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