Raleigh’s integration is progressing well. In fact, I am experimenting this day with leaving him out of the bathroom all day, to be with the others. I hope there are no bloodstained clumps of fur in the apartment when I return. I first tried letting him loose at night, which proved satisfactory. I simply didn’t care for the notion of the peachy boy staying all day in a closed bathroom with no window, which was the only room I had available.
Josie and Renn are, predictably, dealing with the newcomer the best. My big boy hisses at Raleigh now and then, but usually just acknowledges him with a brief sniff. My Chubs tries to ignore him. The sugar twins dislike him but that is fading, though Parker still pings and whines and whirrs when Raleigh comes too close. Cammie is vehement in her dislike.
What surprised me about Raleigh’s advent was how it accelerated Tucker and Parker’s integration. They seem to have little problem with each other now (though the problem was largely on Tucker’s part). The roly poly still swats at the sturdy-boy as the latter passes by the former’s chair, but that also happens with other cats. For the most part, they have become resigned to each other’s presence, and now, if they resent anyone, it’s Raleigh.
This leads me to an interesting conclusion. The secret to integrating a new cat may be to acquire a newer cat. The annoyance and revulsion felt by the established residents toward the new arrival is thus transferred to the newer arrival. Then, when you want that to abate, bring in an even newer cat. And then, hen you want that to abate…
(This could make things crowded.)