Originally Posted by Vik61
...The last one is my favorite. I would love to keep her myself but I don't know with Pixel behaving the way she is. I mean even when they are at opposite ends of the house and I peek in on Pix, she hisses and moans and cries--it's always terribly dramitic with cats isn't it....
Introductions between cats go sooooo much more smoothly when made slowly!
The boys in our house take pretty quickly to newbies - but the girls, the first one being Spooky, always take a while to adjust. We now have three boys and three girls. Now that we know them, it's very apparent that two of them would have been perfectly happy being alone cats - but only Spooky is the one I believe would be happier without any other cats around. It takes her about 6 weeks before she'll stop hitting anewbie, and about 3 months to totally adjust. Ming Loy was our latest rescued addition - and 1 1/2 years later, when Ming Loy waddles up to Spooky (Ming Loy is handicapped) and nuzzles into Spook's chest, Spooky will now lick her head (which is what Ming Loy is looking for when she does that).
My point is - your Pixel is unhappy, and that is normal. If you want to keep the foster kitten, there are lots of things you can do to help make Pixel's transition from "alone kitty" a lot easier:
Rub kitty all over with a dry hand towel (that was washed without fabric softener). Get her smell all over it. Put it in a place that Pixel goes, and place treats on it. Do this at least once a day. You can also do the same hand-towel-smell thing and place it under Pixel's food. She will begin to associate the kitten's smell with good things. Give Pixel extra attention - spend more time than usual playing with her or petting her, whatever her thing is.
After a few days of this, or when the kitten is ready, you can open the door to her room as long as you supervise any encounters. A few minutes may be more than enough. Of course, the ideal thing is to replace the door on the room with a screen door, but most people aren't willing to go that far for kitty introductions. When they do, it works really well! They'll hiss at each other through the screen, but it sure helps them get used to each other!
You may want to read the thread stickied at the top of this forum - The Story of Lucky. It was about the type of introduction you'd have to make - with a kitten and an unhappy Pixel. In the case of Lucky, they ended up becoming great friends.
Whatever you decide to do, best of luck, and thanks for caring for those kittens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!