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Talking help with a new kitty, please!

hello! i searched around online for a forum to ask for help - and this seemed like the perfect place

i have two cats. one is 7 years old, and the most recent addition is 6 months old. the youngest one we just got approx two weeks ago. the first week the kitty was very loving and came to us very easily.

this second week, she has "bonded" a little more with the older cat and is almost his shadow. she follows him around every where, they play - its very cute. however, we get down on the floor and call her with our hand out as we did the first week and she won't come to us. if we walk towards her, she shoots away. we did notice that when our other cat comes around us, she comes around.. but when he leaves.. so does she.. like a true "copy cat"

i know cats choose their humans but i just really want to make sure that this kitty feels welcome and does not conitinue to be skiddish like this around us. since she seemingly is attached to our other cat, would it be a good idea to call our other cat and give him a lot of attention and when she follows him over to us, we pet her too? that way she's still coming to us and sees that the other cat is doing it, so its ok for her to?

any suggestions would be helpful - i know that 2 weeks is still early in the game for us, i just want to make sure that the early "Stages of our relationship" are solid and she knows we want to love on her
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Hello, welcome to you and to your furbabies. Concats for the new addition.
I know that you are aware of the "Stages of relationship" , either between kitty and human or kitty and another kitty. I remember when finally we released Lady Fergie after she finished her confinement (due to health problem, we had to nurture her separately), she became a copy cat too, or Princess Tiger's shadow for a long period of time, maybe months ... So I think it is just normal with your kitties, you just give her enough time to bond with you as well as with her big brother. They have become playmates, have they ? I would suggest that you will give them equal attention too. BTW, was her big brother neutered ? Also, please know that there is need for your 6 months old kitty to get spayed real soon... she has come to the maturity to become a young kitten momma, believe me !!
Please keep us updated, with their names and pics too...
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Irene, thanks so much for responding.

Both kitties are spayed and neutuerd! They seem to be getting along for the most part. The big brother is still getting adjusted to having someone by his side 24/7. I'm talking the new little one will actually wait outside of the litter box when big brother is doing his thing, heehee.

The little one seems to be warming up a bit more to me.. taking a little longer for her to warm up to the boyfriend.. although she is coming around.

I'm honestly not familiar with the correct stages of a relationship with cats. I probably should know more - but I certainly know how to love my kitties heehee

thanks again for the reply - i'll try to post pics soon!
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Great to know that they're spayed/neutered.
So I think your case is just like what happened to Lady Fergie at her stage being Princess' copy cat (she's now quite independent, or I should say, she is now my shadow..lol..).
Funny enough, I think, Earl Blue our third addition (now 10 months old), up to now, is STILL at this stage, (been at this stage since he joined us when he was just about 8 weeks old) following Lady Fergie where ever she goes... even to the "restroom" and wait outside (he will also peek in - and of course Lady will feel awkward, I just know !) until after his sister finished her business... hehehe...
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awww

thanks again Irene!!

Since you had mentioned this in your first post to me, I wanted to let you know that I've uploaded pics of my kitties in an album!!
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Great ! Can't wait to view their pictures..they must be very cute ! BTW, It will take about a couple of days for your pictures to get approved if you created the album at the Cat Picture section, but if you create your album in your profile, it will show right away !
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Your kitties are two cutie pies, concats! Love Adelle's markings...
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Hi ! I just viewed Lester's & Adelle's pictures in your album. They are sooo cute and lovely ! Especially how you introduced them... so sweet.. Concats !
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Hi there! I've just seen your pics, Adelle and Lester are gorgeous Adelle is very similar in colour to my Pixie.

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Yeah cats usually like their privacy going to the loo I wonder why?

With Russian Blues the shadowing is not that uncommon Irene, it's part of their nature to want to stick close to loved ones.
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