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Apr. 13th, 2009 @ 08:54 am Unexpected kitty adoption: Help!
Hello everyone. We just had a death in the family (This past friday). The person owned a cat, and of course I offered to adopt her. I'm a cat-lover, and I've lived with cats all my life. At home I have my own cat. She's an old one, almost 16 years old. The new kitty is about 2 years old.

The new kitty, Maya, is frightened (I expected that). When I picked her up 2 days ago she was very calm and she didn't move from her spot on the car seat or meow all the way home during the car ride (2 hours!) When she got home, she found a hiding place under a coffee table in my living room and stayed there for the evening. I put some food and water close by, as well as her litterbox and a blanket that was owed by her previous owner. (I thought the smell might reassure her.)

Of course my cat isn't very happy about seeing a visitor in her 'territory'. She growls and hisses at her when they are too close. My cat will try to find her, she stays away but will growl and hiss when they make eye contact. After the first night, we noticed Maya
had explored our house a bit (she was in the kitchen when I got up). But she got back to her little corner and stayed there all day. I didn't see her eat or drink since we brought her. I tried giving her some moist canned food (cats usually can't resist that, or so I thought) but she didn't touch it. When I saw she wouldn't have any of it I switched back to her regular food immediately.

3rd day: When I woke up, I couldn't find her. So I looked around and finally found her nestled on some boxes in my locker. It was a place hard to access but I thought that I shouldn't leave her there so I got her out and put her back in the living room close to her litterbox and food bowls.

When I got her out she was very frightened, she hissed and growled at me. She even bit me when I put her down in the living room. So now I'm wondering if there's any way to make the transition go as smooth as possible for the two cats. I hate to see her frightened like that, and my own cat must be scared as well. I know it takes some time for two cats to learn to accept each other, but I was wondering if there's anything I can do to help the poor kitty who lost her owner, her home and suddenly has to share a house with a grumpy old girl.

For the record: There wasn't anyone beside us who could take her in. The person had very few family beside us and since he didn't live in the same city as us, we don't know any of his friends and so on. The person was also blind, so we don't have any note books with phone numbers and the like. So naturally we thought taking in the cat was the best option for us. Dumping her in a shelter is out of the question.

Advice please?

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