Female Cat Hissing

by Catherine
(Doncaster, UK)

I have an 11 year old female cat Asha who's neutered and I've just brought into the house a 2 year old male Bubble who's also neutered. My problem is that Asha insists on hissing and growling at Bubble (though no fighting has taken place).

He doesn't do anything, he just runs away. What can I do to stop her? She's happy the rest of the time (eating, sleeping playing). My biggest problem is that there is another cat arriving in a few days time (Bubble's brother Squeak, and they - i.e. the brothers - get on no problems).

Asha has never had contact with other cats inside the home before, but she does go outside etc.

Can you help?

Reply from Liz (Editor): These cat problems are pretty normal when you introduce cats to each other for the first time, and although they can seem pretty scary and unpleasant they usually sort themselves out over time.

The cats have to establish a pecking order, and it's while they're doing this that the hissing and growling takes place. Unfortunately they just have to go through this process, and unless they're really fighting, it's best to just let them go through it with minimal intervention on your part.

The fact that Asha is only growling and hissing and not trying to attack Bubble, and the fact that she's quite happy othewise is good - it suggests that it won't be too long before they accept each other and start to get along OK.

The same thing will happen when Squeak arrives too, and you may find Bubble and Squeak even hiss at each other for a few weeks during the period where they're all a bit unsettled. But the good news is that these sorts of cat problems do tend to sort themselves out, it just takes a bit of time.

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