I'm in day two of the intro and suprised in many ways. Sal (8 months ragdoll)
is a very gentle sweet cat. Finicky by times (not with food, more with routine) I expected a second cat would make him less lonely. He was fine but I sensed he missed something we couldnt provide. I picked him at the breeder because he played with the other kitten and was not agressive (he was hissed at and ran to hide... totally melt my heart).
Comes in Iggy (3 months exotic shorthair). The sweetest most laid-back kitten ever. I picked him because he played gently and was just so sweet, rubbing himself on me and asking for belly rubs. I figured it would be a good balance.
When we got home, Iggy just wanted to come out and play but Sal was
FREAKED out. 10 lbs of kitten scared by a tiny 2 lbs purry creature. Sal
spent the first day hissing and growling (never done any of that before) at
everything, mostly the kitten and me. The kitten is not impressed, streches
and purs while Sal growls at him. I keep Iggy in a spare room but try to have
short meetings. I tried all the tricks for smell transfer but Sal was just freaked even when Iggy was locked away. Wouldnt accept treats (he's usually the worst pic ever). I did notice a big improvement with the Nutri-Vet diffuser. Slowly, he got better with us and had a few cuddles and started purring again but now on day two he somehow tolerates being in the same room Iggy stays far away. They even both napped in the same room. But it's still rough on Sal. He even peed near Iggy's food yesterday. He's just really scared of the most non-treathening kitten.
So here's how i'd do things differently: I would have got both at the same time to avoid territory issues! I wasnt sure at the time I could handle two kittens and regretted it later knowing introductions could be painful. But I wasnt ready for it
I can really see how it's difficult for Sal to share his space and he's the gentlest cat. He's improving and I'm sure we'll all be friends but it definetely seems stressful. Also think that the new kitten might be stressed about the new space, new cats and then moving again! It seems that waiting might minimize exposure to stress factors.
Previous posts shared great advice and you'll find great info in here on intros (it's saving me a lot of stress!). Keep on posting and best of luck with your kitties they're really cute!!!