1 female cat, about 4.5 years old. Dumped at vet at an unknown date then given to a rescue organization about 2.5 years ago. Cycled between PetSmart and foster homes until I adopted her a little over a year ago. Neutered. Queen of the house, which I'm working on. She didn't get enough attention since I was taking care of my mom, so her behavior worsened, though it wasn't the best when I got her. She does settle down nicely when I do give her the attention she needs. I suspect that moving once again, after having been unsettled for most of her life, is going to be hard for her. Plus she is moving into another cat's territory, plus a human male's territory. I think she is okay with my boyfriend, but I think she sees him as dominant and there may be a bit of a struggle there as she likes to be the dominant one.
We have started exchanging towels that the cats have lain on so that they get used to each other's scents. When we actually move, I plan to keep my girl in a spare bedroom while the cats get used to each other. I am looking for a crate to buy so that I can put her in it and let him interact with her, while still providing a safe place so they can't fight. I've read that I should feed them together at this time so they associate good things with each other. I also plan on switching that and putting him in the crate, or the spare bedroom, while she gets to explore a bit. I don't want her to feel isolated while in the bedroom, so I plan on spending as much time as possible with her. Is this a good plan? Can I improve it?