We have been living with two kitties in our home. Indy is a mild mannered, quietly charming orange cat. Adopted and returned to the pet store 3 times before she came into my life 10 years ago, she's a sweet lil' kit. Grew up to be a lot like me. Polite, assertive and cute, but you never know what she's thinking (cheeky too.) Sometimes a little too smart for her own good, she can open a door on her own, never questioning which way it swings.
Bicoe on the other hand is beautiful, talkative and immediately endearing. She is the first cat to win over guests in the house. Always afoot, always chatty, always present. Full to the brim with personality, but not so smart. She's socially awkward with other cats and we're never sure if she is ready to attack or just doesn't know how to say I love you. The previous owners of our house abandoned her (don't get me started) but she was a welcome addition to our family.
The two have never become friends. Bicoe would love to get to know Indy, but Indy hates her with the same passion that she loves tuna juice. When we go on holidays, we can't leave them in the house alone together. One has to go to "camp" at the kennel, the other stays in the house alone.
To bridge the gap between the two, we've adopted a wee boy kitten we've named Teek. (Short for The Keymaster) The hope is that Bicoe can rip around the house with him and expend some energy while Indy will have a companion to keep her company when we're at work. We're taking the introductions slowly. Bicoe is becoming familiar with his smell on blankets and shirts, while Indy has already met him in person a couple times. We’ve loaded the house with Feliway diffusers, but I'm wondering if anybody has any other magic tricks to share to make the transition easier.