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My resident cat hisses at a newcomer…
It is not uncommon for resident cats to hiss at a new one or even attack it. The reason is the fact that our cats need to establish hierarchy, to show who the boss is. Resident cats are often afraid of losing their position. When introducing a new cat, we should remember to devote the same amount of attention to all of our pets and to assure our “old” cats that we still love them as before (similarly as with a newborn baby appearing in a home with older children who may feel rejected and jealous). The newcomer should get a separate bowl and litter box (initially, located away from other cats’ litter boxes. After some time, when our cats have grown more familiar with each other and have established their hierarchy, negative emotions and hostilities will decrease. It is a good idea to provide the new cat with access to a room where it will feel safe and where it will have a place to hide in case it feels threatened by the resident cat. We may use a separate room, a pet carrier or simply a cardboard box. If, at the beginning, the cats are very aggressive towards each other, it is advisable to lock them in separate rooms when we leave the house. Always remember to leave bowls with food and water and their litter boxes in each of their separate places.