Some exciting news on the feline front!
First, the kitten has a name, and that name is “Oslo.” We like the city motif (see “Cairo”), and he’s all grey and white indicating someplace cold and snowy. (What, you were hoping for Stuttgart?)
Second, we had a huge breakthrough on Wednesday night! Cairo started coming out from under the bed and exhibiting curiosity about the tiny grey invader. Was it time, or the Feliway diffuser I had installed just hours before his courage appeared? We’ll never know for sure.
There was much hissing on Cairo’s part at first, but no fisticuffs. Oslo was smart enough to desist when the hissing got serious. After a few hours, it seemed as if Cairo was trying to play. He didn’t seem to know how, but started to figure it out after a while. Here’s a quick video of one of their earliest successful exchanges.
Now, a few days later, we’re confident the two are going to get along. They play for hours now without hissing. No cuddles or grooming yet, but even if it stays like this forever, it’ll be okay.
Thanks again for all the advice. We ended up using tons of it, especially all the recommendations not to panic, to stay calm in front of the cats, and to just give it time. In the end, the progress was so much faster than we expected. You guys rock.