Hi Joanie and welcome back to Just Answer!My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you and your kitties today.
My apologies that you did not receive an earlier answer. Different experts are online at various times and I recently logged in and read your question. Your patience is appreciated!My heartfelt condolences on the recent loss of your other cat; I know how difficult this is on you, having experienced it myself, not too long ago.Wanting your other cat, a 6 year old female, to have companionship, was a good idea and I'm so glad to hear that you adopted an older rescue cat! Kudos to you!It sounds like the situation you describe is a pretty common one, when introducing a new cat into the household. Your older cat is trying to assert her dominance and let the younger one know that this is HER territory, and she is an 'intruder'. However, there are certain ways to introduce a new cat to your existing cat and if you have not started like this, you can go back and start again. It's a gradual process.First, try to keep them separated for the time being. I recommend the 'scent transfer method', which involves petting one cat with a slightly dampened cloth or paper towel and then petting the other cat with the same cloth, then vice-versa. Do this frequently throughout the day, so each cat will constantly smell the others' scent on her fur. In addition, take an old t-shirt of yours and pet each cat frequently, so they will have your familiar, comforting scent near at all times, and this will also help to ease some tensions. Here are more tips and techniques on the introduction process, which I think you'll find helpful: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/introducing-your-cat-new-cathttp://animal.discovery.com/pets/how-to-introduce-a-new-cat-to-an-old-cat.htmhttp://www.fourpaws.org/pages/adopting_pages/introducing_cats.htmlWhen they start getting along better, reward good behavior with a cat-healthy treat and enrich their environment with a tall kitty condo or cat tree with different levels, shelves and 'hidey' holes for playing and sleeping, if you don't already have one. These can also be used as scratching posts, since they're covered with carpet. Below, is a list of toys (and a dvd) cats love, and some are interactive, like the laser pointer. If you play with the cats with these toys, it will help them feel more comfortable with each other and 'break the ice'. Only allow them to play together after the first few other steps of the introduction process. Also, always supervise the play until you're sure they are getting along well.
Hi again, Joanie and thanks very much for your positive rating and most generous bonus; they are truly appreciated!I hope things will progress well with your two kitties and please feel free to update me at any time, by clicking 'Reply'.If you have any future questions, please don't hesitate to request me by name; simply begin your post with "For Cher Only" and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!Best wishes to you and your kitties,CherPS: no additional information is needed at this time; this is simply a 'thank you'! : )