A week ago I adopted two cats from Kitty Angels, an organization that rescues kittens from feral colonies, foster-raises them and finds them homes. They're a 6 month-old boy, Jacob, and a 5 month old girl, Josie. They are the sweetest, most affectionate cats I've ever had - they love to be handled, petted, and get their tummies rubbed, and they have loud purrs.
For the first couple of days I kept them in one room til they got used to me, then I started leaving the door open so they could explore the house. But they don't like to come downstairs. They sneak downstairs briefly when I'm not there but they run back up at the slightest noise.
I have a largish open-concept house. The upstairs has a hallway opening onto various bedrooms and bathrooms and an open area I call the 'loft' which I use for gym equipment. The loft forms a bridge over the middle of the downstairs with overlooking balconies. The cats will go into the loft, but that's all.
The downstairs has a big cat tree, lots of room to run around and a sunny atrium with a great view of the forest behind my house and bird-feeders so I think they'd love it.
Downstairs view of loft
Upstairs view of loft
I've tried taking them downstairs but they run back up as fast as they can. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!