Tips on introducing a new kitten to a cat?
I tried to find this topic elsewhere on the forums but couldn't; please kindly redirect me if there's a better place for this.
I have one almost-three-year-old cat, Lucy, who's the queen of our house and loves having me to herself. She lived with my parents and their cats for several months, and as soon as she moved into her own home, she became much friendlier and more affectionate.
This weekend, we'll be bringing a new baby boy home. He's a seven-week-old Bengal kitten we're rescuing from an abandoned mama, and he's like all kittens... hyper, friendly, tiny, and prone to clawing and biting.
I'm afraid of the effects of introducing these two to each other. There's the issue of tearing him away from the only family he's ever known -- his two brothers, sister, and mom. And then there's Lucy. She's so happy now, reigning over our home, and I'm afraid that her personality will change when the new kitten arrives, or worse, that she'll hate him and hate us for bringing him home.
I've read a lot about introducing kittens gradually, getting cats familiar with one another's scents first, etc. We have a room we can use for the kitten at first, but I want to go about this the best possible way, and I also want him to get adjusted to his new home as quickly as possible. I imagine it's a good thing that he's so young (and that she's still relatively young and playful), and I know the transition won't be easy at first, but do any of you have tips for me on how to navigate this particular situation?