This weekend, at short-notice, we've got to move a sixteen-year-old moggy in with two younger cats. The older cat is mine and my parents are looking after him temporarily: however, they can no longer do this. The two younger cats belong to my partner.
Charlie (the 16yo) is still very active, and is very friendly and outgoing. He's not the dominant cat and has never been. Snowball and Wily are the two younger ones: Wily is *very* dominant. Both the boys have been neutered and Snowball has been spayed. All three cats are friendly, and all are used to other cats.
We have three litter trays, one per cat. We've managed to swap blankets and jumpers over so they can adjust to each other's smells. There is a safe place for each cat to retreat to, and ample water/food supply around the house. Snowball and Wily will stay with my partner's parents this weekend (a regular arrangement) whilst we go to collect Charlie, and we're planning to let him wander round and get used to his surroundings before we bring the other two home.
Is there anything else that anyone could suggest to make the transition a little easier?
Also, we're expecting a baby in the New Year. Any tips on combining him with the cats?
Incidentally, meet Charlie:
and Snowball (Yes, she is that stubborn in front of the camera):