What is the best way to make two adult female cats be friends? The older one has been seen to hit her with a closed paw and hiss.(When she thinks I am not looking) I play with toys with them and occasionally the young one will try to approach the older one only to be chased.
Our cats are not friends. They will sometimes curl up on top of each other to sleep, they will also sometes happily play side my side. They do however have wrestling matches and swipe at each other when the mood takes them. Generally it's closed paws and mouthy 'bites' like kittens would do but the message is clear - back off I'm not in the mood!
One is 4 and the other is 13. I have had them both since kittens.It seems to be worse in the garden as the younger cat stays indoors a lot and uses the litter tray usually.She has started to go outside more. I think the older cat considers the garden her territory.I haven't seen her hit or hiss indoors.She hasn't injured the younger one but is warning her.When my younger cat is outside she sometimes puffs her fur and tail up if she walks past the other cat.I just want them to be happy and feel safe. Thanks for the replies.
I think that's right. If you had a real fight, Boy would you know it. It sounds as if they don't much like each other (as we understand it) but they've achieved a modus vivendi which is geared towards the older cat 'ruling the roost'. It doesn't mean that they feel either unhappy or unsafe - it's just the way cats are.
They are both neutered. I have only seen the hissing and fighting for about a month.When the younger cat started to go outside more. When I got the younger cat the older cat hissed at her and ignored her at first but there were no real problems. My next door neighbour told me a year ago that my older cat had pounced on her cat in their garden. Maybe my older cat is a bit bossy to other cats,to me she is,affectionate,gentle,and we have a close bond.