With Dinky's departure, the dynamic has shifted in the House of Many Cats.
As we had long-promised Snickers, we have allowed her in from the shop. In the past she had seemed to want to come inside and have a closer relationship with us but her personality was so similar to Dinky's, I feared there would be conflicts. However, since she has been inside, she has been mindful of her status as one of the "other" cats in the minds of the housecats, and she has kept a low profile. She stays downstairs, usually on the couch or in the dining room windows, occasionally venturing into the spare room to go out on the cat porch. When she has ventured upstairs, she is greeted by the resident cats with a watchful wariness that suggests her kind isn't welcomed hereabouts.