bringing our 2 cats to a home with 2 other cats.
So my girlfriend and I recently had to make a short notice move due to our previous apartment being deemed uninhabitable and breaking housing codes. We found a temporary place renting a room from some friends-- but this has involved Our 2 cats entering into the territory of our friends' 2 cats.
On the first day, we attempted to keep them in separate rooms, but one of our cats slipped out of the room and ran to kitchen as though he already knew exactly where the food was. One of the resident cats (a young cat about 6 months old) came running along to play, and my cat freaked out and started hissing and batted his arm at the other cat, and ran off and hid under the bed.
Our other cat seems to be handling it a lot better-- she is hiding a lot, at times seems mildly curious but mostly she hides. She's seen the other cats and watches them from afar but doesn't freak out. She even came out of their hiding spot all night and slept in the bed with us. I've heard a little growling come from her, but nothing too prolonged or concerning.
The cat that originally got out and ran for the food only to encounter the unexpected kitten, has been hiding out ever since. He came out briefly to eat-- but didn't eat nearly as much as he usually does, before he ran back to his hiding spot. He still enjoys being petted, and purrs when I give him attention, but I have had to really lure him out. We are currently in a room with windowed doors that have kind of sheer curtains, so everyone can kind of see that something is moving about on the other side.
He hasn't used the litter box since he got here last night (about 15 hours ago). About 8 months ago he had a problem with a urethral blockage and has been on urinary tract food ever since. I'm worried that the stress might lead to another problem.
The 2 cats are going to be making ANOTHER transition this weekend, because we are going to be out of town for 10 days, and the cats are going to my girlfriend's parents. They don't have other cats so I'm hopeful that this transition won't be too jarring-- but then the cats will be coming back HERE, until we find our permanent apartment.
If anyone has gone through this kind of thing with their cats before and has any good tips, we would really appreciate any advice.