So we welcomed a couple of new arrivals into our home recently, and we're in the trial period phase, just making sure they're a good fit for us. Based on our last experience / waking nightmare, we've become a little ore cautious.
That being said, he and she seem to have adjusted quite well after being barn / golf course cats, and we're doing our best to make them feel welcome.
One thing we did differently this time: two cats! We introduced Croûton (not how we spelled it, but change approved!) to the house while we still had Willow (RIP), and the cohabitation was strenuous at best. Then the Marshmallow debacle (PTSD, ADD, WTF) had us considering getting a little friend for her, but we brought her back to the OHS before we went any further.
These two are siblings, so they may fight, scrap and spar, but so far they seem to keep each other entertained for the most part. Win! We'll have to see how long that lasts...