Ok as some of you know, I got a new kitten a few days ago. Unfortunately I couldn't do the normal separating of Chandler (the new guy) from JT (my 6 year old kitty) for a few days before attempting a face to face meeting. I don't have a spare room I could use as a "quiet room". There's too many cords/cables here in the computer room so I'd be scared he'd get tangled up & strangle himself.
So what I've been doing is keeping them as separated as possible. JT pretty much stays in "his" chair here in the computer room and I try to keep Chandler in the livingroom. JT can come and go between rooms as he pleases since he's the "ruler of the roost". But the times JT spots Chandler, he growls & hisses then goes back to his chair... or he growls and hisses from his "throne" if Chandler comes wandering in here. Poor Chandler just sticks his tail between his legs. He's just a baby so he doesn't understand when he only wants to make friends.
Now I know JT will eventually warm up to Chandler as he lived with 2 other cats for a year. But that was 5-6 years ago and I remember it took him maybe a month to get used to the other cats (he hid under the bed a lot). I'm not pushing things as I know they need to get to know each other on their own terms. And I'm giving JT lots of attention to show I still love him and he's my #1 guy. I think he realizes that but he's still mad about the situation (and not so much mad at me as he was a couple days ago so that's a start). As long as JT grows to tolerate Chandler and quits the growling & hissing, that's all I ask. But I'd love to see them become friends if possible.
My question.... do any of you have any tips on making the transition less stressful for the 3 of us since I don't have room for the traditional "meeting ritual"?