My Mumsie's kitty Honeybee has moved to Vermont to live with us. She is on the left, above. Her life has been turned upside down and she misses my Mumsie (who is working on some of her own changes), her home and the peace and quiet she used to enjoy.
Our growing kitten, Wilma, is on the right. She is SO EXCITED to have a new friend and she just won't give Honeybee much of a rest.
They are working things out, very slowly. Honeybee does much growling and hissing with ears laid back and she gives warning swats. Wilma just dances around her on tip toes, chirping kitten chirps and follows Honeybee everywhere.
Make no mistake, there are "time outs" during the day and they are shut apart at night. We don't want to push our luck...
But twice now I have caught them napping in the same room.
I watch them and wonder why new relationships are sometimes so difficult to navigate. "The Other" looms large for so many of us.
Over and over again the magic word is patience.
Maybe trust, too.