I have 2 cats as some of you may remember. One came first, grew quickly and bonded instantly when taken from his shelter cage. After 5 months, I thought he might want a companion little brother as I work long hours. My cat that lived w/me about 18 years was a solitary soul, didnt like being held, even near death she found a spot, meowed crying out her pain until put down. I didnt want another animal to be so alone. It seems this thinking was a mistake. My first cat spends every night hissing and growling at the smaller cat to keep him from my bed. He is like a guard dog. I've woken up the crashing as he chases the kitten into the kitchen cornering him. I come home and the smaller cat shadows me, wants cuddling, company and has developed chronic bowel problems we think is a result of stress. At food time I'm singing and talking to them, we go into the room where they eat and if the older one doesnt have his dish placed down for him first, or the kitten dives in before I catch him, he walks away, tail in the air, refusing to eat. Kitten comes to lay near him, he gets up in a huff...goes into the other room. I finally gave in today and called the vet's office where I adopted both of them to ask for advice. The only solution I see in front of us is that one will have to leave to save both from this kind of stress. It's hard to explain what this is doing to me, this is a constant strain from broken sleep, I wont get into special foods, meds and vet visits other than the compulsory 6 months check ups. I adore both of them and pray I am not forced to make a choice, I dont think its possible. Just hoping vet has some kind of solution...other than me moving in a house with more room so they could each have their own 'space'--the lack of hiding places and privacy seems be at the core of their fights....other than fighting over my underwear drawer and who plays with which bra.