Hi all!I've posted previously about adding another Devon to the house and aprox 4/5 weeks ago my fiancé and I did just that. We now have a 18wk Lilac Tabby Girl called Hecate to keep our 18mnth Black Smoke Boy (Professor Jack 'Jax' Moriarty) company. When she first arrived we introduced them gradually by shutting the kitten in a separate room etc (textbook really) and after about 4 days they were snuggled up, grooming each other and playing 'Chase', 'Hide and Seek' and 'Pounce on each other's head'. Hecate basically became Jax's shadow.
About a week in and Jax was a little out of sorts and when he hissed at Hecate we knew he wasn't himself (he has never hissed at anyone or anything) So we took him to the vets and, to cut a long story short, he ended up having surgery on his abdomen and a three day stay at the vets. When he returned he was pretty grouchy, as you would expect, I suspect that soreness and some tummy upset caused by the antibiotics was the result of his continued hissing when Hecate was just a bit to lively and, once he came off the tablets and healed he seemed to settle a little.
It's now a couple weeks later and it seems that the hissing, and now growling is getting worse. He only does it occasionally when they're playing, when Hecate 'bugs him' whilst he's stalking birds and bugs in the window or when he's settled and she walks up to either join or play. But the thing that's really confusing us is that the rest of the time they either amuse themselves or they cuddle up together and groom each other.... Hecate still follows Jax around and on occasions where he does growl or hiss she often just walks away purring.
I can't figure these two out... They started so well and in many many respects still get on great. Jax has never hurt Hecate and they have been left alone together (I believe they mostly sleep in the cat tree together). They eat together, often switching bowls but never fighting over food, and neither displays any obvious signs of distress.Various sources say that Hecate is just being a brat (very true) and that Jax just needs to figure out how to deal with her and establish who's the boss but I'm worried that they're just not getting along and that Jax will become unhappy. We bought a second Devon primarily to keep him company and we're now worrying that it's backfired :(Any thoughts would be appreciated