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Greetings everyone,
I have a 4 years old cat since 2 years.
2 weeks ago I adopted a 1 year old cat.
I have followed Jackson Galaxy's method on introducing two cats. I have taken it really slow; I allowed them to see each other AFTER introducing scent, peeping through doors and sharing meal times across the door. In short, I did all my research on introducing both.
Now when I allowed both kitties in one room my problem is,
They just sit there hissing and growling at each other. None of both came forward to at least sniff one another. None of both attacked each other (Thanks Goodness) But only the hissing and growling continues whenever they face each other. The result is my older/resident cat just backs off and moves out of the room slowly as if she gets scared of the new kitty. This has been happening from 5 days. Same thing.
Is this normal?
If this running away continues how will they get closer, sniff each other and make friends?
Am I doing something wrong?
Do I have to do something else?

Sorry for the long post, Please guide me.
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Yes it is normal. They are communicating with each other, getting to know each other and working on establishing who will be top cat. Hissing and growling is part of their language.

Since neither appears to be in any danger from the other, I would let them work it out.

Be sure you have enough litter boxes, at least three, and at least one should be in a separate place from the other two.

Be sure you have enough elevated space, so both cats have a place to perch in what ever room (or rooms) is most commonly used by you.

Get on the floor with them as often as you can. While on the floor there are various activities you can instigate to encourage ...togetherness.

Get some nice treats, like PureBites freeze dried chicken breast. Hand one to each cat, even if you first have to toss it across the room to the cat. Take turns one treat per cat, saying their names as you toss to them. My cats LOVE this game and have learned to wait turns.

Sit on the floor with a wand toy or string on a stick toy and a pile of throw toys (little crumpled paper balls for example) Take turns playing with one cat then the other, with the wand toy, string on a stick and the throw and chase toys.

Always feed your cats a wet (canned cat food) diet on a schedule.

Congratulations on your new family member, I'm sure all will work out in time.
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Yes, in fact it is normal. I can also have a three cats. They are communicating with each other, getting to know each other and working on establishing who will be top cat. Hissing and growling is part of their language. Be sure, you have enough litter boxes, at least three and at least one should be in a separate place from the other two.Get some nice treats, like purebites freeze dried chicken breast. Hand one for each cat, even if you first have to toss it across the room with the cat. Take turns one treat per cat, saying their names as you toss to them. My cats love this game and have learned to wait turns. Always feed your cats a wet diet on a schedule. I am sure all will work out in time.
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