Thank you thank you!!!!
We took one of the towels and put it under Batman's food dish. At first he seemed just weirded out by a towel being there (like how he would react to a new piece of furniture or something) but then once he smelled it, he got very very interested - and he actually licked it a little, then just flopped down next to it, almost trying to play with it! We'll use the other towel for putting under his wet food dish as he gets treats thrown to him and he chases them around
It's a long story but stems from him as a young kitten learning that treats were edible by batting them around...
We went ahead and got the screen door up!! We put Batman in the bathroom and blocked off all rooms. Got it up in maybe 20 minutes, then let Batman out to check it out. No major reaction at this point - interest but not obsession.
Patches was in hiding during that time but I walked by earlier and she was out and about investigating a little. I think I hear her now actually (I'm with the birds in a room close by.)
We're going to keep an eye on it and if it looks frayed, we'll get a another layer of something to put over it but for now leaving as is. Any advice on what to buy if I need to add another layer of something?
Here is the current set-up:
I rearranged things so her litter box wasn't so exposed with the screen door. She's in that teal cubbie cube right now. Her carrier is in the corner you can't see (left bottom). Her food is against the wall between the carrier and that nightstand, with the blanket on coffee table to be a barrier for her. I'll adjust as needed once I figure things out.
Thank you all SO MUCH!!!! I am sooooo grateful for all the help and support. It's nice you are all excited too for us during this!
Rescue Remedy should be arriving next week in the mail too!
Will keep you posted!!!!!!!!!