Monday, January 24, 2011

Marley Update

THE BIG THING:  Well, things aren't going perfectly, but it could be worse.

Marley spent the whole day and night Saturday in the Mewsroom, where Hugo and I joined him for company often.  Marley was quite comfortable with Hugo, but he was unsure about me at first.  So I would bring a book in, sit in the center of the room, and just let him get used to me (and taking pictures).

I was pleased when (after several visits) he came over and rubbed against me.  I stroked him a few times.  Skeeter, LC, Ayla, and Iza simply hid for a couple of days at first.  So this is actually a very positive sign.

He stayed by himself quietly that first night and Sunday morning.  He is handling canned cat food just fine.  Yay!  Sunday afternoon, I noticed that Ayla and Iza were napping in the bedroom, so I quietly closed the door.    That allowed me to carry Marley around the upper floor of the house for a while, so he could see, sniff, and listen.

I would stand in the entrance to a room and let him look around for a few minutes, then move to the next.  That went along about 15 minutes, and I brought him back to the Mewsroom and more food.  Don't want to overwhelm the little guy.  We did that twice more on Sunday.

The last time, I did the tour with Ayla and Iza loose.  I would let him see them from a distance, then a little closer.  Iza offers a low growl, but seems curious.  Ayla hisses and runs!  Sometimes when she passes the closed door, she hisses under it.  My guess is that Iza will accept Marley a lot sooner than Ayla does.

I went back and checked to see how Ayla reacted when Iza first arrived here.  Apparently Ayla hissed for 5 days before accepting that Iza wasn't going away.  So there will be a few more days of that.

This morning, I let him walk around (with Ayla and Iza in the bedroom).  The basement door was closed (way too many places for a worried kitty to hide).  He enjoyed exploring quite a bit...

He seemed fascinated by the plant soil smells...

He enjoyed crawling through tight spaces that were previously Ayla's exclusive domain...

When I spun the ball in the ring toy, he ran right to it and played there almost 10 minutes...

He crawled into Ayla's hidey-hole under the cabinets, but the picture was SO blurry I deleted it.  He will be in there again, and I will get a better picture.

We even sat down for a few minutes.  He's not QUITE comfortable with that yet, but I can tell he liked  it...
Its hard to get pictures of a kitty who doesn't stop moving!

Back in the Mewsroom to calm down.  He ate some more canned food, with Hugo as company...

Hugo reminded him that it may been awkward for a few days, but the other kitties would accept him eventually.  Hugo said "I've talked to both of them for a few days and they are really quite nice.  They are just surprised at your sudden appearance, that's all". 
Marley thanked him and gave him a smooch...
So Hugo tried his hand (um, tongue ) at grooming.  I don't know if he was very good at it, but Marley was appreciative...
Then I introduced him to the electronic squeaky mouse.  He LOVED it!
Tomorrow, I think I will let them all meet freely (under very close supervision).

17 comments:

Brian said...

We've been there too, they usually will tell you what needs to happen, or not. Wise we are, but eventually all will be okay. Hey Hugo, my sisters said to tell you hello!!!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sounds like progress is being made.

AFSocksScylla said...

Marley, we know Ayla & Iza are going to LOVE you eventually. So hang in there. Scylla hissed at Artemisia FOREVER and now they are best friends forever. Artemisia just ignored the hissing and did whatever she wanted so Scylla decided the hissing was a wasted effort and the snuggling was kinda nice.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh that is so exciting! I am glad that things are going as well as they are so far! YEAH!!

Derby, Ducky said...

Sounds like the adapting is going OK. You have the advantage TBT that you are home all the day, everyday.

Katnip Lounge said...

Things are progressing pretty well, we think! Marley is so busy being a kitten that we hope he'll accept the Girls as just somethings (somebodies?)else to explore and learn about.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Things sound like they are going very well actually.
He is such a cute little fellow!
Scout just ignored the hissing when he came. Just went on his merry way exploring and having fun. I tried to block the bedroom door with a baby gate so I could leave the door open and they could still be seperated, but 6 week old Scout jumped the thing and off he went!
Now S&S are 10 and Scout is 5 and making a play towards being dominant alpha cat. Shaggy still says no and whaps him into place.

William said...

Oh my cod, I totally missed this! Welcome, Marley! Not to worry about hissy sisters--they'll come around!

The Island Cats said...

Well, it sounds good so far. Just take it nice and slow and don't force things. We're sure Ayla, Iza and Marley will be friends soon!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

At least Marley and Hugo are already great pals! It'll probably take a while for Iza and especially Ayla to come around... but I'm sure they will - Marley looks irresistible!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Oooh, very Exciting Times at Chez TBT!

He's a little lovey!

Cory said...

Marley, they are going to love you! Just take your time.

Natalie said...

Sounds like things are going well!

Max said...

Wow, that's going a whole lot better than when I met Buddah. Nice!

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

What a cutie-pie!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Sounds like it's not going too badly. Good luck for the meeting tomorrow.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It's always interesting to see how furries react to newcomers. Sometimes we worry for nothing and sometimes ... oops.