Two new kittens - one is nice; the other hisses and growls.

We just adopted two new kittens. Our new little boy is super excited to have a playmate, while our new little girl wants nothing to do with him. Neither was a resident (we have a resident cat, Zelda - who is writing this question since I haven't made pages for the little ones yet - but she's not an issue yet).

Our little girl started to hiss and growl almost immediately upon meeting him. Her foster family had 3 grown cats, 2 kittens, and 5 dogs, so we didn't think meeting another new playmate would be an issue. He, on the other hand, came from a shelter - he was in his own cage. We were sure he was going to be the one who had trouble adjusting.

This is their first day together - we couldn't start with separate rooms with a shared door because Zelda has free run of the house except for the guest room (where the kittens are).

Will this get better? I think it will, but I guess I'm just looking for reassurance.

Asked by Zelda on Jul 3rd 2014 in Kittens
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Orion Hemingway

This is normal- you were not able to separate them both, so she is forced in with a potential territory and attention-grabber. Each cat has a different personality; some kittens are more playful and rowdy than affectionate. The little girl also has to deal with the smell of an older female who is not her mother, and is six times her size at the moment. When you introduce the three of them, things will change. I would still suggest putting one of the kittens in a bathroom at the moment, because forcing them to coexist actually creates more problems in the future. Feed the little guys kitten food like Natural Choice kitten for their first year- if the older cat eats it, she will become chunky. You will also need to add one litter box, so you will have at least two in the common litter area. Just because two of any species are put together does not mean that they will get along, but things should be better during playtime in the future, so be patient and let them adjust at her pace. ^_^

Orion Hemingway answered on 7/3/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Most girl cats feel that their teratory is being invaded when male cats come around. All you need to do is keep them apart so a cat fight will not happen.

Member 1230570 answered on 8/7/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer