Posted 10 July 2012 at 18:37 | Last updated 10 July 2012 at 18:41
My new cat is getting bullied by my other cat - help!
Asked by Sue P | 1 Answer
I have a 4 yr old female cat (Ebony) - I've had her for 3 years (she was a rescue). I recently adopted another rescue cat back in February - a female approx 2 yrs old. I did all the right things whilst integrating them, and all seemed to go well. I have Feliway Diffusers in the 2 main rooms they use (constantly plugged in), and their food bowls are separate, and they both have areas to hide in on the ground and up high, along with places to sleep of their own. Over the past month or so, Ebony has begun to "bully" Tink, and quite often chases her into a corner or around the room - Tink always gives in and rolls on her side submissively, whilst Ebony takes full advantage and gives her a swipe and hisses at her. So far I've never seen them have a full blown fight, and I sometimes wonder if this behaviour is only when I am around them - jealously maybe? But I always give them both lots of attention and am careful with feeding them (always feed Ebony first). I am getting slightly worried as to whether this behaviour will eventually calm down or if Ebony is determined to bully Tink until she leaves!! I've also noticed that Ebony's temperament has become extremely grumpy a lot of the time and towards as well. She quite often hisses at me for no reason. Any advice would be gratefully received.