It has been a very, very long time since I have had more than one kitten in the house at a time. Siada, at 8 months, is still a kitten herself. And, well, Layla is just a baby. The chaos right now is supreme.
To take a step back, we did the usual quarantine, though not as long as we might normally have done it. Siada was turning herself inside out beating on the quarantine door trying to see what was inside. Isis was wailing the song of her people outside the door as a slept on the far side on a cot with the baby. It just wasn't working.
The decision was made to start introducing Siada and Layla first, and then work on Isis and Reeses (an ill-tempered velociraptor on a good day) later. This was especially important because we needed to travel to the Cabin, but did not want to leave Siada (who goes everywhere with us) at home.
Siada, she who fears nothing, chose to run from, and growl at, the baby. The little Kitton, like all of its kind, decided the best way to react to this hostility was to bounce up in its face, over and over.
Can someone explain that too me please? You are the tiniest creature on the block. You have baby teeth and claws. Yet, your strategy is to go AFTER the animal making very vehement death threats at you from across the room? Brilliant plan, kitton. (But they all do it! Siada did it to the big girls, Nimar did it to them, Isis did it to the previous reign....)
A couple of days of this (and with Siada stealing all of Layla's toys at every given chance), and we had to make the first trip to the Cabin.
Siada is a champion traveler. But with the new kitton in the car she was lunging at the cage and growling. This resulted in stopping along the road so that I could move myself and the spotted banshee to the front seat, leaving the baby in a crate in the back to bellow her discontent all the way to West Virginia. No amount of Feliway was helping this.
But a mere 2 hours later a miracle happened.
We got to the Cabin. I put up a baby gate in the bedroom and showed the baby where the potty and food were. The baby gate would not stop Siada at all, but she wasn't the aggressive terror. Realistically, the baby can climb the gate, but it would give me a chance to catch her before hell broke loose. Or so I thought...
Not five minutes later, Layla was streaking free through the Cabin. On Princess Siada's turf. Siada went after her and stopped short. They sniffed noses. Siada suddenly decided that it was play time and they spent the rest of the night chasing each other through the house.
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