- Aug 14, 2020
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Hi everyone I would really appreciate some advice re the situation re my new kitten and resident cats. I have a 6 year old female and a 4 year old male both neutered who get on well together and are generally confident playful and affectionate cats. Two weeks ago we brought a new kitten home. We followed the advice re setting kitten up with everything in his own room and scent swapping. The two older cats spend a lot of time outside in our secure garden with the nice weather that's been and whilst they are out the kitten has been exploring the rest of the house. The kitten seems very confident, he is a Burmese which are a confident and curious breed and my older male cat is also a Burmese and has the typical friendly outgoing nature of the breed. As my two older cats are normally so easy going I thought they would adapt well to a new addition but it's not working out that way at all. As it's been two weeks we are at the point where we are trying short meetings between the cats and the kitten. This is not going well. My female cat will hiss at the kitten and then run off into the garden (we have a microchip cat flap so baby can't get out) My male cat started off hissing and growling at him and now just stares at him like he's had the shock of his life when they encounter each other and then starts growling. We have supervised these encounters and tried to keep them short and just put Kitten back in his room so the older cats can carry on their routine. All the kitten wants to do is play with the big cats but they don't like him. I wonder if they are actually scared of him? I don't know if he's producing any scary Tomcat hormone smells that scare them at such a young age? I have three Felliway diffusers going in different parts of the house but don't seem to be helping much. The only kind of positive is that the male cat doesn't stay angry for long and once kitten been taken away calms down very quickly and goes back to playing etc, but he isn't happy. Have spoken to vet re neutering kitten but they can't do it till he's bigger so we are looking at October at earliest. Would really appreciate advice as to how to move forward from here. Thank you so much.