So recently we took in an older family pet, he couldn't live with my parents any longer so 5yo Spartapuss came to live with me and my fiance in our flat. He was essentially my cat for 3 years and when i moved out we decided not to upset the balance he had with our other family cat so left him behind. He moved on Saturday and he seems to be adjusting well so far.

Only issue is that we have two 1yo cats, a boy Drogo and a girl Khaleesi. Both are outdoor cats and we fitted a cat flap so they come and go as they please.

Neither has taken well to Spartapuss invading their territory, understandable, so we set up a safe area for them in the spare room where they spend most of their time and Spartapuss has his area in our bedroom for now. We've let them get small glimpses of eachother (apart from Drogo and Spartapuss' first meeting which happened unexpectedly, lots of sniffing and curiosity before the defence mechanisms kicked in). We open and close the safe spaces to allow time for each to roam the flat and get used to the scent of the others regularly. Rotating every few hours provided the kittens arent outside.

Drogo has no real issue with Spartapuss, they can be in the same room and bar from some small confrontation, they generally leave eachother alone or just avoid eachother. However our girl Khaleesi, every time Spartapuss see's her, he moves towards her and she runs a mile. It's unusual behaviour from him, especially given how passive he is towards Drogo and having lived in a multi cat household before.

We want to let him out to roam as he is an outdoor cat but we're terrified he'll scare away Khaleesi so she won't come back or otherwise hurt her. there's only one door (our own private front door that leads directly outside) so they are guaranteed to meet and we're worried if he scares her away from the house entrance she wont want to come back.

Any advice would be welcome.

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    Might not seem very helpful, but watch a few episodes of My Cat From Hell from earlier seasons. There are a lot of similar situations, if a lot more dramatic, and you can adapt Jackson's advice to your situation. Basically, it all boils down to introducing (or re-introducing) your cats properly and getting them to associate each other with pleasant things like food and play. – Kaworu Jul 23 '18 at 12:54
  • +1 for Spartapuss – Flater Dec 14 '18 at 8:23

My parents have a similar situation at home, only that a cat that went missing returned after one year and now there was another cat in the family. The returned cat is male while the new one is female.

It's only natural that the male shows interest in the female. Unfortunately our female has no interest in the male and hisses at him.

To be honest, we found no solution to make them like each other. But given that both have sufficient places to avoid each other, there is no problem and they simply walk a wide arc around each other. The only potential for problems is the door where they cannot see each other from afar.

Your cats already have seperated rooms, are acustomed to their home and have smelled each others scents. The next step would be to open the doors and see what happens. You should probably have a spray bottle at the ready to stop a fight, if one occurs.

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    Thanks, we're doing that gradually, we both work though so the only choices are just open the doors and let them sort it out amongst them, or just keep the new cat locked away in our room whilst we're at work and let him out when we get back, which isn't a great option. – allyballybee Jul 16 '18 at 21:54

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