|Purred: Tue Oct 9, '12 1:35pm PST |
|I'm not usually around on the forums either, but as I posted a question myself, I happened to see yours.
When we brought Fearless in the house, we also used the Feliway diffuser which seemed to help; but I gather that's what your calming collar is. From what you've said, it sounds like things are progressing in a fairly positive way. We DID segregate Fearless for a week, but partly because she had a respiratory infection when we took her in, and we wanted her to get her treatment before we introduced her to the others. There was the hissing and swatting with our crew, too. This went on for some months, but not too much very aggressive fighting. In some ways, now that everyone has settled in together (it's been a little less than a year), the occasional fights are a little more aggressive now - usual led into by rough play and chase that get out of hand. We think this is because Fearless is no longer a kitten and has developed a more dominant personality than she had before. But for the most part, the three girls get along well enough, though Fearless is often excluded from the closeness that the two older girls share. Which leads to our own situation of possibly including a fourth cat - hoping that, as the odd man out, he would bond with Fearless.
I'd say in your situation, give it a while longer and keep the spray bottle handy. Try to keep them separate when you're around. I know when we leave for work we can't be there to watch, but if you hold off feeding or if you give another little snack right before you go, they may feel drowsy enough to sleep through the day while you're gone. We'll try to remember to check back and see how things are going!
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