Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
The main reason to separate besides getting used to each other, is more of a health thing. The new cat should be isolated and checked out by a vet, given shots, spay/neuter, etc.
Its a lot less stressful on the cats and the owners if you separate for a week or two and do introductions slowly. If you can't separate due to space, it just takes that much longer for them to adjust.
As for health, the shelter does a physical exam and blood lab before the pet is made available for adoption. They also do all shots except rabies.
It's not the space so much as that there is only one of me. Junior is in the entertainment half which is where I usually spend most of my time. She is in the half with the kitchen, bedroom, and bath.
I don't want to spend most of my time with her because it might make Junior feel neglected and foster jealousy. Plus he is with the TV, computer, etc.
I also don't want to spend all of my time with Junior because I'm not comfortable leaving the new kitten herself to get into all kinds of trouble. I don't want her to feel isolated, and she needs time to bond with me, which won't happen if I'm in the other room. Also, the reason she was surrendered to the shelter was that she required too much attention (duh, she's a kitten), which is another reason to spend a lot of time with her.
So I'm in a catch-22 right now. I'll have to decide what to do.