We've recently gotten a (10 week old) kitten and we're trying to integrate her into the household. There is already an adult cat in the house, but we haven't arrived at the point of introducing them yet - we're just trying to get the kitten to get used to her new environment.
She's currently locked in her own room, with food, water, toys, litter, and a ton of hiding spaces.
On the first day she didn't even move from her hiding place - not even if we were in the room. She didn't eat or drink anything.
Second day, she started moving between hiding places when we weren't in the room, and the food (we've given her 5 different kinds, it looks like a buffet in there) appears to have been touched - so I think she's eating.
It's the middle of the third day, and from time to time she does long and consistent meowing sprees. At this point we're trying to leave her mostly alone and talking to her only when when we feed her.
Now today, during feeding time she started meowing from her hiding place. As an experiment we meowed back and she looked interested. As the meowing continued back and forth she abandoned her hiding place, took a sniff and lay down on my wife's lap.
I'm not sure what to make of this. Is this good for her - we're making her feel more comfortable? Or are we confusing/taunting her and it'll be worse for her in the long term?
So the question is - should we continue meowing back or should we just ignore her? Should we be doing anything in response to her meowing?