|Purred: Mon Oct 12, '09 3:14am PST |
|Five weeks is nothing. My SIL adopted a second cat in June, and it's now October, and her first cat still hisses at him if he tries to play with her. They are both adults, so in their case, she's just not feeling as brave as he is. They are at the frenemy stage: she will tolerate his presence, but she's not eager to play. Sometimes cats get stuck at that stage for a long time.
But as long as neither fight another to hurt it, and neither one is acting stressed (inappropriate elimination, overgrooming, one cat stops eating), they're just working through the transition slowly.
It's possible that your older kitty is wary of the kitten because he's too high energy for her right now. I was a real handful at 15 weeks, so Boris would get annoyed with me here and there, even though I had been around and about for about six weeks. He loved me, but he just didn't really feel like keeping up with me all the time, and so he would tell me to scram by pawing and hissing at me when he'd had enough of being toyed with. Eventually, I learned to read the signs for "not wanting to play", and we got along better and better. Nowadays, I'm the one who often says "I am not in the mood to play" with a meowl and some clawing.
Time is on your side. Once the kitten's energy level goes down (in... hmmm... about 9 months or so), his big sis might find him easier to get along with.
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