On August 14, 2021 we adopted two young kittens that we named Molly and Pearl. They were fostered together by our neighbor, the same gal who fostered Wolfie and Tilly. The kittens are strongly bonded and are great playmates. The first photo in their new home is them snuggling together in the “sky lounge” – our tallest perch.
Both kittens are very friendly and of course very playful. Molly is a bit more people oriented and Pearl is a bit spunkier.
The kittens were in quarantine until today because they were being treated for intestinal parasites (coccidia). It’s been an ordeal giving them daily medication, scooping the litter box as soon as possible, and making sure little bottoms and their living area stayed as clean as possible so that they didn’t re-infect themselves (or anyone else).
Wolfie & Tilly
Wolfie and Tilly are unsettled by the new additions. They’ve lost access to part of the house and they don’t get our full attention as we divide our time between them and the kittens. Wolfie is a laid-back cat and he’s been more curious about the kittens. Tilly is stressed by anything new and she’s uncertain about the newcomers.
Introductions are going very slowly. During quarantine, everyone has been able to see each other through doors across our L-shaped patio. They can also catch glimpses of each other through the louvered doors that separate the living area from the bedrooms. That’s actually been a problem for Tilly because she seems bothered by not knowing what’s running back & forth on the other side of the doors.
To try to help Tilly adjust, a couple days ago we started supervising small periods of time where Wolfie and Tilly can watch the kittens play in a bedroom that we’ve secured with a screen door. Usually I’m in the bedroom with the kittens and the Dad is on the other side giving treats and canned food to Wolfie & Tilly.
Wolfie has been curious about the kittens so he met them and can be in the same room for a few minutes without any problems. Tilly is nowhere near ready for that! She wavers between being curious watching them play, then getting stressed & hissy if the kittens approach the screen too quickly.
Our next step is to continue the screen door sessions. We’ll also let the kittens explore the main part of the house and get their scent spread around while Wolfie and Tilly enjoy some quite time in the bedrooms.
We’re hoping in another couple weeks they will be able to share space without anyone getting too upset or fighting. Paws crossed we continue to make progress (because keeping them separated is exhausting)!