Can you tell me about how you transitioned from one cat to two? How did you get them used to each other, deal with territory, etc.?
We have a 2 year old female cat. She's an outdoor only cat whose home is in the garage. We needed a mouser to deal with rodents in our backyard chicken flock's feed. She's an excellent mouser, and a very friendly and sweet cat. We've only had her for about five months, but I just love her. She's the first cat I've ever owned, though my husband's family had a few when he was growing up.
A kitten followed my husband and daughters home from the park a few days ago, and it looks like we're going to keep her. We put a found kitten notice up on Craig's List, but haven't heard anything. She was underfed and a bit scrawny. My four year old is in love with her.
The adult cat isn't very happy right now. We put the kitten in the garage, the adult cat's home, and now the adult doesn't want to go anywhere near the garage. She hisses and makes terrible noises. The kitten is loose in the garage for part of the day so she can access a litter box, and then she's in a large dog crate at other times, because the adult needed to be able to get in. She won't come in, however. We've brought her food out to her a few times, but that feels like the wrong choice to me. It feels like we're evicting her.
I suspect that this is a pretty normal transition. The cat hasn't hurt the kitten, in fact she tends to retreat at the sight of her. I just want the cat to feel comfortable in her space and to ultimately tolerate the kitten.
Any advice or reassurance? Thanks.