Back in June of 2013 I adopted a kitten named Oreo. I took her home to my 10 year old cat Allie and renamed her Penny (Penelope Gladys when she’s in trouble). I did what was recommended for introducing a new cat into the household. I put Penny in my spare bedroom and closed the door so Allie could get used to her smell. Then I switched them. Unfortunately, after the separation time was over and I opened the doors and let them run around the house Allie was not pleased. Allie and I have been through a lot and she is my saving grace. So I thought, what will I do if Allie continues to hiss at Penny and just hates her? But I stuck it out. Allie began to spiral into depression and it made me really sad. It had been about 6 weeks and when I said, “This is it! I can’t do this to Allie. I have to either find another home for Penny or bring her back to POA.” A friend suggested I wait another month. I was hesitant because I didn’t want Allie’s health to deteriorate or resent me even more, but I did. Then one day, Allie was laying on my ottoman and Penny jumped up next to her. I waited for the hissing but it didn’t happen. Penny smelled Allie and Allie smelled Penny and then Allie licked Penny and turn her head and went to sleep. I thought, “is this enough, or just an isolated incident?” Well they continued to show each other affection. They still fight, but it’s play fighting. I’m so happy I didn’t give up on them. I love them both so much!