When to break out the feliway
February 21, 2010 4:19 PM Subscribe
How long should I expect a 4-year-old cat to hide when a 6-month-old kitten is introduced to her house?
posted by amtho to Pets & Animals (11 answers total)
Yesterday, our latest foster kitten (Alice) was placed in a house with a quiet 4-year-old cat (Zoey). Both cats are generally sweet-tempered and quiet. Alice seemed to like the new place just fine, but Zoey's been hiding.
When we (the kitten and I) visited last Wednesday, Zoey (I think) drew back from me, hissed at the carrier with Alice inside, and ran off, not to be seen for the rest of the 2-hour visit. According to her people, Zoey is usually fairly social, so this was unusual behavior.
A few days earlier, we'd sent over some things with Alice's scent. Maybe she recognized the scent?
This is a 30-day "trial adoption", and of course I feel bad for Zoey, suddenly having to share her territory with an unknown beast. How long should we wait before I show up over there with some Feliway?
Note: Zoey doesn't particularly like cat treats, or even fresh fish, so trying to tempt her out with food might not be very effective.
Note: this question isn't about the best way to introduce a new kitten; that's done, and I'll probably be more insistent about putting the kitten in a small isolated room next time.