We brought home an 8 week old kitten on 11/19 and immediately put her in the guest bathroom w/all appropriate accessories... we also have a resident cat. Evidently there was one hiss the first day from Diablo (resident cat) but that's because my hubby showed the kitten to him. A no-no, I know! Since then they've been smelling each other through the door, we've been doing the switching the towels trick to get them used to each others scent, and I've had them playing together (kind of)on each side of the door w/some string. Diablo hasn't exhibited any more uneasy behavior. He'll walk over, sniff... sometimes when I have the door cracked (a new development) he'll sit and look at the kitten on the other side or watch a paw sneak out. And on a couple occasions the kitten has sneaked by us and streaked out into the main part of the house, once running by Diablo and Diablo jumped up onto the ottoman and watched from above. Still no hissing, laying back of ears, anything like that. My husband also told me once the little guy (we've named him Azrael) got out and ran right up to Diablo, who just sat there and looked at him. My husband grabbed him up really quick, but he said they were face to face with no apparent problems in those short few seconds. I'm thinking maybe we can let the kitten out for short stretches to see how they do. What do you think? Our older cat refuses to eat near the door where kitty is... but I'm thinking I might not need to encourage him eat over there. The only thing I might be worried about is the kittens exuberance, but we can run off some of his energy before hand... Thanks for any replies and sorry for the length!
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11/24/03 at 3:08pm