new older cat
we've had very unfortunate news regarding our next door neighbour. he had a cat who is about 6 years old so rather older than our current kitten (7months old). we've offered to look after his cat until we know what to do i.e. until either they find his family and ask them what they want to do, or we'll gladly look after his cat.
like i said we have a 7 month old kitten, who is very laid back. we've put the new (6 year old) cat in our bedroom with the heater on (as its around -3 outside), the food she is used to, water bowl, her own blankets (from her original house) and her own litter tray. is this normal? just restricting a cat to a single room? the 6 year old cat is very very shy and will hide behind the curtains, she doesn't seem interested at all in the food, or water (we're not sure how long its been since she was last fed). she won't budge from behind the curtain, she has cramped herself into the smallest space in the room. Do i just leave her alone in there to adjust or should i stay with her? she seems very very upset by the whole ordeal, the poor thing seems very depressed, she is not aggressive or anything just very soppy, i'm not sure if this is lack of food or water. any advice on getting her to eat something? and will she know to use her litter tray?
also obviously with the younger cat, her scent is all over the room, because she does spend a couple of hours in there every day, so i'm guessing the new cat is finding it all very strange is this why she is shy? is she gonna be ok do u think? our 7 month old kitten is very interested in the scent of the other cat as it was sniffing our hands very curiously after we stroked the new cat.
Is it really ok to keep the new cat confined to our room? as there is no other room in the house. and when should we start introducing them to each other?
sorry for all the questions but i really can't stand thinking that i'm making this ordeal more difficult for her, i've never been in this situation before so don't know what to do
any advice would be greatly appreciated.