I rescued a cat earlier this year, but now my other 4-year-old cat lacks any loving, playful behaviors. What can I do?
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
Since your two cats have been living together for a while, you most likely had a successful introduction and that your cats are coexisting without serious hostility issues.
Any kind of feline behavioral change, such as decreased energy and affection, can sometimes result from underlying medical problems, so first have this cat examined by your veterinarian to rule out health issues.
Cats in the wild are solitary hunters, so they’re keen on protecting their turf from other cats. Before you brought in your new cat, your existing one probably had a quiet, secure dining area, bed, toys and more. Now it has this “invader” cat to deal with. Sometimes, cats bond with each other quickly, similar to love/friendship-at-first-sight for humans, but other times they just learn to tolerate each other, or even stay enemies. All cats have their own personality and foibles, just as we do.
Make your longer-term cat feel more secure by ensuring that it still has its own space in your house, in terms of a bed, litter box, food bowl and toys. Pay attention to the time that you are devoting to both cats. Felines will generally mirror back whatever love and attention you give to them. And try to involve both cats in playtime activities, perhaps spending a bit of extra time with the more withdrawn feline first to engage its interest.