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Rosco & Suzy - Tuesday

I know I need to give them time (especially Suzy) but part of me wants to see them both happy. Happy together, at the same time. Rosco purrs when I give him attention. Suzy purrs when I give her attention so no one is mad at me for this uncomfortable situation but Suzy continues to hiss and spits with the infrequent quick lounge at Rosco which doesn't seem to have much enthusiasm fueling it. Any thoughts on things to try to bring them a little closer or to calm Suzy ruffled fur?

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kittyrefuge
Dec. 20th, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think you are doing the right things for Suzy and Rosco. And I'm sure you know the method much better than me. Hope this article helps.

https://www.wikihow.com/Bring-a-Second-Cat-Into-the-Family-and-Not-Make-Your-Old-Cat-Upset
krazykitten46
Dec. 20th, 2017 05:53 pm (UTC)
After looking at the article I'm thinking they were introduced so quickly. I let Suzy come to him but maybe too soon. The problem is the size of our rooms. There is not enough space for them both to have a room and I didn't want to confine Suzy to her bedroom. They are not fighting at least not while we are home and suzy has only made a couple of aggressive rushes at him. I ordered a cat tower for them for Christmas which I hope gives them levels (especially Suzy) to use as temporary escapes. Suzy has taken to going the long way around and over things to avoid Rosco's carrier in the living room.
kittyrefuge
Dec. 20th, 2017 07:20 pm (UTC)
They have started mingling already, so the baby gates idea to give them their own space sounds good. Suzy might need to relax in her own room, but also free to see everything.

In Doha I used to keep Million in our library, Mew in the sun lounge, the other three were free in the other area. But we don't have that kind of space in Toronto house. All five have to share all area...Surprisingly they have been OK to each other. Time is the key, really.

I do hope Suzy will accept Rosco before your holiday...*crosses all fingers*
krazykitten46
Dec. 21st, 2017 04:14 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about the baby gate. I could put it over Suzy's bedroom door leaving her the opportunity to jump over it but Rosco might not. He is not as agile as she is. She seems especially miffed with him invading her space so the gate could give her that private space back for a while without having to close her into the bedroom.
jackieville
Dec. 20th, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)

Give them time. Tell will adjust and hopefully become buddies! Hugs!

krazykitten46
Dec. 20th, 2017 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to be patient but I worry about leaving them in a couple of weeks with just a sitter. I'll give them time, I will.
jackieville
Dec. 20th, 2017 06:22 pm (UTC)

I know it’s hard when they’re adjusting to each other. Big hugs!

ireth06
Dec. 20th, 2017 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not cat-savvy, so i have no advice for you what-so-ever.
I just hope they will become used to each other in the long run.

*keeps fingers crossed*
krazykitten46
Dec. 21st, 2017 04:19 pm (UTC)
keep those fingers crossed. Suzy is not giving up yet. Of course neither is is Rosco. He is as laid-back as she is pissy.
nverland
Dec. 20th, 2017 09:28 pm (UTC)
My resident crabby old lady, Louise, will growl, spit, hiss, and swat any newcomer for up to a week, then just gives up and becomes friendly. (except Estel, they bonded on sight). Once Suzy decides that he's there to stay she'll calm down a lot. However you might try picking up some Feliway, it helps a lot of cats relax and adjust better
krazykitten46
Dec. 21st, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
Suzy sounds a lot like Louise. Suzy doesn't out and out attack. It's just a lot of hissing and spitting and a couple of aborted lunges. It all seems to be posturing on her part.
nverland
Dec. 21st, 2017 04:26 pm (UTC)
Get your bluff in early and they'll leave you alone.
silvan_lady
Dec. 22nd, 2017 07:08 pm (UTC)
I hope they settle down okay soon :-)
krazykitten46
Dec. 30th, 2017 10:54 pm (UTC)
It is slow going but fortunately there has been no attacking just a few swings. Rosco has swung at Suzy a couple of times when she gets pissy with him but no contact.
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