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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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We got a 2-3 year old neutered female sames from a shelter

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We got a 2-3 year old neutered female sames from a shelter and brought her into a household that already had a neutered male sames who is very laid back and loving. She has been aggressive with him and bit him this morning. After reading from several sites, I realize that introducing them was done improperly. I have had multi-cat households all my life but never had this happen. He stays away from her and sniffs where she's been...normal cat things. Do you have any recommendations? Lots of growling and meowing goes on. Do you have any recommendations?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I'm Cher. Welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply, shortly.

Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

Hi, Michelle and congratulations on your new, furry addition, Lizzie.

Yes, you are right, new introductions must be made very gradually, so the cats get used to each other slowly. One method I like is the scent transfer one. Simply take a slightly dampened cloth or paper towel and pet one cat, then the other, then vice versa; keep doing this frequently throughout the day. This will deposit one cat's scent on the other's coat, so they smell each other all the time.

Also, get a Feliway plug in diffuswer; this emits calming cat pheromones and is excellent in new introductions:


These sites, below, will help you with more tips and techniques for new cat introductions. For the moment, I would keep them separated until you start from square one with the introduction process.



Remember to praise a lot and give healthy cat treats, when they behave well, together.

She's being aggressive with him because she's afraid and adapting to a new environment and a new cat.

I hope things improve soon, and keep in mind that this is a gradual process which may take a little while.

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Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.
Hi Michelle Pitzer,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lizzie. How is everything going?