Firstly, thank you all for the lovely comments on my Fudge intro post — advice, reassurances, etc — all appreciated. I’m not used to dealing with kittens this tiny!
He seems to be settling in well; I took him for his first vet check-up this evening and apart from being underweight and suffering from worms he’s in good health. We’ve got some high quality kitten food and a worming solution for him, which should get him back on track in no time. Hex has also been given a worming tablet to reduce any chances of being infected, but otherwise is allowed to socialise with Fudge as he’s up to date on all vaccinations.
I called the RSPCA earlier today, and was not particularly impressed with the level of “service”. It sounded like an outsourced call centre — the woman certainly had a thick accent — and I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out why she was asking me “is he ten?” (turns out, she was asking if he was thin) My details, along with the details of the filthy cow I rescued Fudge from, have been passed on to the “resource centre” …or at least that’s what I think she said. Apparently they now choose the best course of action, although I have no idea if I’ll be kept updated.
Hex and Fudge have been interacting with various degrees of success. Hex alternates between being quite aggressive, and quite motherly. I’m not sure to what level I should let him dominate though, as I don’t want him hurting Fudge. I’m sure those of you who’ve got multiple cats will be able to advise on what’s normal, and what’s over the top though…
Thanks again everyone :)