Baby kitty that is :D
Been thinking about it and since we are moving soon and to a new place THAT ALLOWS PETS (YAY!!!!!!) I am taking my baby girl Raven back from my parents (MAMA'S COMING SWEETHEART >.<) and after some thought since we are going to rent a house I was thinking of getting a baby kitty from the shelter to come live with us and so Raven can have a little sibling. Plus the only thing better than snuggling one kitty at night is snuggling two (hugs pillow and cries from lack of cat hugging at night). HOWEVER...and I say this with slight pride...my cat is a spoiled rotten princess and has been an only child her whole life. She's five years old now and I rescued her myself off the streets when I worked with my shelter and took her home rather than to the shelter because it was love at first chirp (she can't meow because her vocal cords were damaged so she chirps like a bird instead). Raven has lived with other cats but they have all been older cats. Currently she last lived with my parents cat, a 15 year old Tabby who now lives with my grandma. She has also met my grandma's cat when he was a kitten and DIDN'T like him at all. Sooooo here is the question. How would I go about socializing her with a new kitten? I would like for her to bond with her sibling a little so they do not just co exist but they can actually keep each other company while I'm gone (mostly on tour) and won't be so lonely without me being home. Raven had lives with the cat who helped me foster her when she was a kitten (she was too young to be away from her mother when I got her but her mother had died on the road and her siblings had either been killed by the barnyard dog or were eaten by some wild animals) so my classy gay cat (yes he was...he liked boy cats it was proven, even our vet said he was the fruitiest male cat in the world xD) helped me raise her and she LOVED him so much up until we had to put him down due to the fact his insulin wasn't helping with his diabetes and he was withering away. So I know she can get along with other cats it's just the issue of she is bothered and worried by new things. Would it be best to let her settle into a new home and then get the kitten or would it be better to get the kitten as soon as possible so she does not view it as an intruder on her territory? Also what is the best way to get them use to each other? I can't do an instant meeting because Raven is not afraid to slap a kitten around for running up to her. I really want their first nose to nose interactions to be easy going and less scary. I would hate for the kitten to get beaten up, Raven's fast and when she starts a fight it happens like the speed of light. She also isn't afraid to turn and attack me if she gets scared or nervous enough so I wan't to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.
Also have to take into consideration Raven does 100% believe me to be her mommy kitty since she was still on a bottle when I got her. Also I think losing her mother so young has made her a nervous cat.I'm the only human she trusts and likes, she mostly (when I lived at my old house) stayed in my room with me unless she had to go potty or eat (I kept water in my room). I call her delicate, touched, or fragile because honestly what she experienced as a kitten was awful and has left her super sensitive so I also have to take it into consideration. At the same time since i am the only thing she bonded to (other than the cat who is now gone) she has become super needy to me and when I am away she develops a lot of security issues. I am hoping having a cat she can bond with will help when I'm gone so she has someone to 'team up with' and feel safe around. Someone who can play with her (she is very playful), nap with her, she loves physical contact all the time, and even MAYBE help her come out of her shell a little more if she has a risk taking friend who pulls her out of her comfort zone. It's getting her to feel secure with a stranger that will be the challenge.