We just got a new kitten and have been keeping her in our bedroom. Now our older cat cries at the bedroom door wanting to get in. He’s anxious and pacing because there’s a closed door. But we can’t let him inside because he will eat the kitten’s food and harass her. He spends all day outside the bedroom door crying and scratching, whether we’re in there or not.
We’ve tried a slow introduction, but when we got to the scent swapping step, all the older cat wants to do is search for the kitten’s food, and then look for her. If he can’t find her, he pees in the closet where she naps.
We’ve tried both felaway defusers, so many litter boxes around the house, and medicines, but the older cat still paces and urinates outside the litter box, presumably due to his anxiety. We’ve gone to the vet countless times with our older cat but there’s nothing physically wrong with him.
What can we do to make everyone happy and less stressed?
Edit: our male cat is neutered and so is the female kitten. I neglected to mention that the male cat has a litter mate that he’s lived with his whole life. He’s no stranger to other cats in the house. We actually got him and his brother at the same time when we already had an older cat in the house. So this is the second time he’s been in a 3-cat household, but the first where he’s been not allowed full reign of the rooms.
Second edit: there also has been some additional change in his life (I know cats don’t do well with that).
We’ve recently moved (he was anxious before the move 4 months ago), and we’re expecting our first baby, which means new furniture too.