I would like my two very different kittehs to get along. Help?
Around July 4th, I brought in a 10-week-old kitten
who had been living under my deck with his mom. Previously
. He (Eisenhower) de-feralized pretty quickly and became a mostly-productive
member of the household. He is a sweet and snuggly dude.
Unfortunately, he is super kittenish and attacks current personnel
(Beatrix) constantly. Beatrix is a very sweet and snuggly 7-year-old who does not slap him down, but rather makes sad noises and retreats. She has not been herself since Eisenhower came inside. She likes him, follows him around sometimes, but then he grabs her flank and bites her and she hides. She used to sleep with me every night but doesn't now that whenever Eisenhower notices she's there, he'll pounce. Beatrix has apparently forgotten how to purr.
Things I have tried: Feliway, locking Eisenhower in a room to give Beatrix a night off at vet's suggestion (he got so upset he cried for hours and barfed), saying no and putting him out of the room when he pounces.
Complicating factors: (1) I work and travel a lot. (2) the cats are now the same size (!), 5-ish pounds.
(1) Can I do something else to help speed the transition? It hurts my heart to see Beatrix so sad. We are still a few months away from neutering time for Eisenhower.
(2) Beatrix is not a big eater and a free feeder whose food is in the witness protection program on a high bureau. She eats two nuggets and departs. Eisenhower is a hoover who will eat all her food once he figures out how to get up there. This will be soon. How do I simultaneously feed a slow and a fast eater when I'm not around to police it?