I’ve had this post in my “drafts” folder for a couple weeks but haven’t found time to update it. I’m going to post it now, with hopes to post again in a few days. I didn’t realize how much time we’d be spending managing 2 cats and 2 kittens! Seems like every time I sit down to do something, some kitty wakes up and needs attention!
We’re slowly making progress introducing Wolfie, Tilly, Molly, and Pearl. We’ve moved past Tilly hissing & growling and needing to keep the kittens safe behind a screen door and we’re able to have everyone in the same space – for at least a short time, with constant supervision.
Wolfie is fairly tolerant of the kittens. He will watch them play and occasionally try to interact with them. He gives them a little swat if they get in his face, but I think that’s to be expected. He’s a very mellow kitty and they are rambunctious strangers.
Tilly is still deciding what to make of the kittens.
They can all be very close when food is involved. They are spaced out in the photo below for a canned food breakfast. But they can be within inches of each other when we’re working on keeping them all calm in the same room and using treats to keep everyone happy & distracted.
The other day, Tilly came into the bedroom while the kittens were sleeping. In the video you can see Pearl is on the bed with Tilly! Molly is in the tallest perch at the foot of the bed. Sorry for the sloppy top sheet – we put an extra sheet on the beds and launder them frequently to help keep the cat hair under control. Seeing it all wrinkly is driving me nuts!
Tilly woke from her nap and climbed to the top perch, only to discover Molly sleeping there. Tilly did not bother Molly, then slowly and calmly walked out of the room.
When the kittens are active, the chaos begins. The action and noise agitates Tilly, so we’re working on desensitizing her to that. We discourage the kittens from approaching Tilly too often and we encourage Tilly to remove herself from the room. Basically – self control from everyone!
In this video we see Molly approaching Tilly. Dad follows, able to intervene in case Tilly gets too smacky. It goes fairly well, with Molly quickly learning that Tilly is not ready to be best friends. You can also see a flying toy – we use that technique A LOT to help redirect the kittens away from the adult cats.
Making sure everyone gets attention and proper socialization has been a very time-consuming process, but it’s going well.