"Two weeks ago the whole family was woken up by loud meowing at 5 a.m. on Sunday. That's how Apache came into our lives," said Basia.
Basia suspected that the 7-to-8-week-old kitten had been separated from her family and that her mother would return for her, but she never did.
With two other adult cats and Alto, "whose prey drive has been increasing," Basia didn't plan on adopting the kitten, but Apache was already making herself at home.
Once Basia decided to keep Apache, she knew that she needed to carefully introduce her to the energetic Alto.
"We started slow, with Alto in a cage when the kitty roamed free around the room," Basia said. Despite being excited to meet his new sibling, Alto remained calm, thanks to Basia's effective training.
Basia had seen Alto chasing squirrels and other small animals in the backyard, so she used a muzzle just to be safe.