Ellie has been in the family for 4 months now. She is definitely comfortable and has the run of the house.
As for cat buddies, that’s another issue. MeiMei and Ellie have been struggling to get along. I have tried several things, but wasn’t quite sure if MeiMei attacked first or if Ellie’s hissing started the confrontations. About 6 weeks ago I installed Feliway cat pheromone diffusers upstairs and downstairs. That seemed to settle everyone down a bit.
As of now, MeiMei and Ellie are getting on much better at just being the same space. They can walk by each other and sometimes even sit on the same bed. A bit of cat slapping still occurs, but not with any major aggression. It is more like a “she’s breathing my air” complaint.
I am pretty sure the relationship will continue to improve. They both tend to back off and relax if I say something. So I think they are testing the water.
Here’s a recent video of Ellie and MeiMei on the cat tree. I find it interesting that Ellie basically keeps her back to MeiMei. Silly cats!
By the way, Sunni and Ellie are constantly playing tag or hide-n-seek. They even lick each other sometimes. If MeiMei would just join in, it could be the Triad!