We had to let my older orange boy kitty go a few weeks ago. He was normal that morning (jumping up on the counters and playing), and mid afternoon I found him crying, he had vomited some green bile. By the time we got him to the emergency vet (45 mins later) he was ataxic and very very sick. The vet thinks a mass burst, his chest cavity was filled with cloudy fluid. His chances of survival were basically nil and he was so sick, we decided to let him go.
We weren’t really looking for a new cat so soon, but the other kitty was very lonely and one of the women who works at our barn knew of a kitty who had just been surrendered to animal control.
Therein lies my question. Any thoughts or advice on easing the transition for both kitties? We have the new girlie on “trial” to make sure they get along. She is so sweet and cuddly, so we would really like it to work out. This is only her third night with us and I’m assuming they both just need more time to get used to one another.
They aren’t bad, I don’t think, but when they get close to each other they hiss and eventually one or both of them retreats. We have been spraying Feliway on a towel and rubbing it on both of them on suggestion of the woman from the shelter. Any other ideas would be much appreciated!
(We do have food/water/litter boxes set up in different rooms in the house, so no competition for any of that.)