Cat and new kittens raise havok... please advise...
Found 2 kittens the other night by the garbage dumpster... two of the best-looking stray alley cats you can find. The GF insisted we take them in, and not let them roam the streets starving and dying. However... soon after we brought them home, they would start hissing (though they wouldn't try to physically attack) when they see or if we try to pet them. I would say these kitties are about 10 weeks old.
I was told that cats that grew up on the street that hasn't been exposed to human contact tend to be more fiesty...and need more human attention and contact? (petting, etc) to "domesticate" them. Is that true?
I left the kittens in my garage, both fearing 'drama' from my cat inside...as well as the kittens needing a flea bath (they were infested with them).
We managed to wash up the kittens today with a flea bath and flea drops for kittens which fixed the flea problem... so decided to try to bring them inside the house.
The minute our cat saw the kittens inside, it immediately began to throw a fit... hissing, growling, you name it. The kittens would then get even more scared... not eating or drinking, and trying to hide.
We've tried bring kittens home in the past at our old place, and they all ended up in a trainwreck, with our cat spraying EVERYWHERE in the house (cat is a ~6 year old male and fixed). We really want to keep at least ONE of the kittens (friend wants the other), but also don't want to upset our cat and him stinking up our new apartment like it did before.
What can we do to make them get along...without the "drama" and bloody/stinky (urine) mess?