After a bad roommate situation
, my cat and I temporarily moved into my boyfriend's apartment while he's been working out of town for the summer. Now that August is approaching, I'll be needing to move out, and my bf's friend and old roommate has a room - in the same building - that I could rent out once I move out. Which would be a great solution in that it would be an easy move, it would save me considerable money, and I know him well enough to not worry about a repeat of my last roommate mess.
However, the proposed roomie (PR) has two cats of his own, and we aren't sure if they would get along at all. (My cat is male; the other cats are female.) I had been thinking of doing it the way I keep reading about, like here
, where you do it gradually, and the cats know the other cat is there but don't see him yet. But PR wants me to bring my cat over so he can see how his cats react and see if it seems like a feasible co-existence before I move my stuff in.
My concern is that if I just bring my cat over and let him loose in the apartment, there goes any chance of them getting along, but I do understand PR's concern about having me move in and then have the cats not work out. So I'm trying to think of how to approximate cat introduction best practices in my situation. Since we live in the same building, I can go over multiple times easily, but I'm drawing a blank of a specific strategy. (If it helps, PR's apartment is a 3 bedroom - his bedroom, the room I would be staying in, and a spare room/storage room - and he keeps the litter box for his cats in the bathroom.) Any ideas?