Awhile back, we had to put our much beloved Seth to sleep.
We still have our Mimi, however, and Mimi needed a friend.
So we went to the shelter on Saturday (just to look, of course), and found Marley - who we do not yet have a picture of, but who looks like a mini Maine Coon. He looks very much like the cat in the picture except for his white feet & face spots, but he’s only about 10 lbs at 3 years old, so he didn’t get Maine Coon size.
My actual question: I’ve never had to introduce cats before - we got Seth & Mimi at the same time, so there were no territory issues and we just took them home and let them roam.
With Marley, I want to introduce him slowly. Mimi likes other cats, but I don’t want to freak her out too much. So far, he’s been mostly living in the guest room with his food & litter box. However, most of the stuff I’ve read says to keep him in the room for a week, since he’s supposed to want to hide and be scared - except he’s not. He wants to come out and be with us, and he ran out yesterday, so he and Mimi have met. Is the week-long solitary confinement really necessary? We’re still planning on leaving him in there when we’re not home, and at night if necessary.
Mimi has hissed at him, but she’s also intensely curious about him - she chased him yesterday, but she also likes to follow him around to see what he’s doing. Her body language isn’t aggressive, her ears are up, not flattened (unlike on Saturday, when we brought his carrier in), and she’s not puffing up, just hissing a bit when he gets too close. They also like to sit a few feet apart and stare at each other.
He’s already neutered, is FIV & Feline leukemia negative, and we got him his rabies shot and a check-up yesterday - he’s very healthy. He’s also a hugger - if he’s in your lap, he’s liable to put his arms around your neck, hug you, and rub his face on you and purr.
Any cat advice?