I have rescued and adopted out 10 kittens on my own. One kitten that was adopted recently, is having some issues with her new home. She is a really sweet, cuddly kitten, but we didn't know it would take her so long to adjust to a new home. None of the other kittens that had been even more shy ever had this problem.
B/c of this, her new mom and I have been corresponding regularly. She is really eager to have the kitten mix with her household, and to be perfectly adjusted as soon as possible. She knows that the kitten was a former stray, and fended for herself for many months. I have tried every idea I could think of, but she is ever so eager, and I don't know if and when this kitten might be returned for lack of more understanding.
The new owner is great, but I don't know what else to tell her to give the kitty more time, or maybe my ideas don't work (switching bedding, gradually letting the kitten out to other areas of the home, Feliway, etc.)
1. She is a real cuddly sweetheart w/her new family when she's inside her bathroom, the safe area, but the second she comes outside of the room until other areas of the house-- she will hide and will not interact with her new family.
2. She still swats at the new kitties, but hasn't been aggressive otherwise. The two resident kitties seem to be warming up to her, and there haven't been any altercations.
3. The new owner has a small cat friendly dog, and 2 adult cats--none of which have shown any aggression towards the kitten.
I cannot figure out why it is taking her so long, other than the fact that she lives in a house (not an apartment or something smaller), there are 3 existing pets, and she has fended for herself before we rescued her (not feral, but still shy in new surroundings I suppose)
Any ideas or feedback on how I can reassure the new owner would be great and/or to help the kitten adjust to a new home (ideas that aren't found on a Google search).
Thanks in advance,
Milo and Tabifa's Meowm