Hi there, some of you may remember that I've been wondering whether to get a kitten or adult cat to my existing, 14 year-old cats Tiger and Loona (btw. I didn't spell it that way; they did at the shelter where I got them ^^).
Now, most of you suggested it might be better to get an adult, if at all since my two were such a great team.va- thank you Lizzy for deleting that entire paragraph... Where was I? ^^ Since they were such a great team. I fully recognise that it is the better approach in most cases, for the various reasons listed, to introduce a cat that's a bit older. Somehow, I had this gut feeling that it would not work, and that getting a kitten would be the better solution for Loona and Tiger. And I was right.
Two weeks after I adopted Lizzy from a nice family close-by (where she had spent her first 12 weeks with her 6 siblings, her mum and a couple of other cats of various ages), she's settled in very well. She was friendly and open from the beginning, very curious and rather fearless. Tiger and especially Loona were a bit reluctant and sceptic at first, but there was never any hostility from either side. Just some 'careful, I don't trust you yet' warning growls and hisses from Loona and a bit of running away from Tiger, but Lizzy kept approaching them with friendly and considerate openness until they - STOP RUNNING OVER MY KEYBOARD WHILE I TYPE! - both accepted her, Tiger first and Loona second.
Now, Tiger and Lizzy are cuddling very often, licking each other's heads and ears, and they are also wrestling playfully which Tiger seems to enjoy a lot... unless he wants to sleep and Lizzy wants to play with his tail, but he's learned how to tell her off in those cases (and Lizzy then finds something else such as my fingers on the keyboard
). Loona follows Lizzy around a lot, she watches her play with toys, sometimes joins in, and the other day she was grooming Lizzy for the first time, too. She also immediately comes running when the little one meows to check on her. And when Lizzy gets too annoying she gets a brief slap to tell her to stop.
My cats also move about the flat as always, completely undisturbed by the newcomer (for the first few days they didn't, but that changed back to normal quickly). They eat when they want to, sleep where they want to, come to sit on my lap whether Lizzy is there or not. So all in all, it was the easiest and most amicable kitten introduction I ever witnessed or could have wished for.
Oh, and what I had also hoped for, namely my older ones playing a bit more again and getting a bit of "workout" has also come to pass. It's like the little one reminds them of how much fun it can be to chase a ball or mouse toy and run back and forth from A to B, chasing each other.
Now a few photos of all three of my babies. Loona is the white one with black sports, Tiger the tabby and Lizzy, of course, the smallest. And doesn't she look just like she could be their baby?
(Is there a way to insert the uploaded attachments into the post automatically or would I have to do it manually by bringing up the image url one by one and editing the pics into the post?)