Reintroducing disabled kitty
Hello fellow cat lovers. I'm wondering if you'd mind giving me some advice on a problem I sadly have no experience with.
Backstory: My wife and I have 2 cats that are about a year and a half old now. They both grew up together since about the young age of 7 and 5 weeks due to both being rescue cats and being found abandoned. At first we started with Bailey who we fostered at 3 weeks and introduced Hunter later when we noticed that Bailey wasn't getting the social cues needed to become a healthy/well adjusted cat. For the most part it worked wonderfully and they have gotten along. Bailey's behaviour evened out a lot and Hunter took well to being the submissive parter of the pair. With this said, they are polar opposites. Bailey has been the ultimate warrior who can get worked up easily, while Hunter is sweet and gentle unless she has wanted to have a good romp with Bailey. Some times things have gotten carried away and Hunter has ended up hissing and running for cover, but for the most part they have been ok with one another.
Now where the problem began. Over Christmas my wife and I packed up to visit my family in my hometown and we left the cats with my In-laws for a week. Everything went well until the very last day of getting back home. Hunter ended up having a nasty fall off the kitchen counter, hit her knee and broke her leg in the worst possible place. She basically snapped the lower portion of her femur where it attaches to the knee. We were devastated. She had been through a very tough beginning and to go through this was heartbreaking. We were advised by our vet that even with surgery it might not heal properly as they wouldn't easily be able to secure the piece of bone back into place. And at a price tag of 4 thousand dollars we felt obligated in opting for the unfortunate alternative: amputation.
Fastforward a week and everything has gone well. Surgery was a success and Hunter is recouping at the vet clinic. As of right now I'm anticipating the call to pick her up and bring her home. But then what?
My concern is not so much with Hunter's recovery as I think she can get through this and i think i can help her adapt. The concern is with Bailey. Because Bailey has a tendency to be a bit dominanearing, I worry she might have a problem with taking Hunter back into the house. I have heard about keeping the cats separate until you can get each other adjusted to their scents, but with Bailey, she can be a bit unpredictable and she can be extremely persistent. She can also get a bit too aggressive and miss some social cues on when to back off. And now with Hunter having a clear disadvantage I am unsure about how to combat this. They're both great cats, but things have definitely changed and I definitely need some advice on making sure this transition is a healthy one. Is there anything I can try to help make this go smoothly?
Any advice is massively appreciated