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).