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Kitten keeps growling at new kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Neko11, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Neko11

    Neko11 PetForums Newbie

    Oct 5, 2018
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    i rescued a kitten when she was 4 weeks old and she is now 8 weeks old. Yesterday i adopted a second kitten who is 9weeks old. I thought it would be good for my kitten to have a friend. Both are female. The new kitten is very gentle and really wants to be friends with my kitten however my kitten keeps growling and hissing and will run away. Her safe haven is in my bedroom where she will act normal and play with me and ive kept the new kitten out. Its been a day now and i was hoping they would be friends by now as i read it doesnt take as long for kittens to become friends as it does adult cats.
    Is there anything i can do to help my kitten accept the new one?
    #1 Neko11, Oct 16, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2018
  2. Summercat

    Summercat PetForums VIP

    Oct 8, 2017
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    Maybe the kitten you have had from a young age is not used to other cats.

    Try scent swapping which is rubbing a cloth on one and then the other to mingle scents.
    A diffuser such as Feliway Friends or Pet Remedy May help your first kitten.
    I would gradually reintroduce them as your first kitten is fearful.
    Also changing rooms periodically, so your first kitten gets used to the scent of the other.
  3. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

    Dec 4, 2015
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    One day is not enough for kittens to make friends.

    I think slow introductions in this instance will only make things worse, your young kitten is at a good age to learn socialisation from another kitten. Slow intros will take her out of the crucial socialisation period which will make it harder to introduce.

    Monitor all interaction between the two of them but let them work it out themselves.
  4. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

    Sep 6, 2009
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    Yes. Give them time to adjust to one another. It's only been a day! Let her growl and hiss, it's her way of expressing herself. Keep them separate when you can't supervise for a few days, making sure each is in a safe room but otherwise, let them get used to each other. . Two tiny babies like that are not likely to hurt each other.
    Gallifreyangirl and chillminx like this.
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