Need new cats (and advice)
My 20 year old Birman friend Jean Luc passed away last month a bit over a month after his Maine Coon buddy Albert died (and just 7 months after my wife died). Needless to say, it's lonely here these days.
Jean Luc and Albert were the best of friends, and Jean Luc was also best friends with Albert's predecessor, Spencer. I was truly blessed with having two cats who actually liked each other and were affectionate with each other, considering how many multi-cat houses I know that are war zones! Also, the real secret to Jean Luc's longevity was that he was so tractable - I could give him pills, eyedrops, brush his teeth, take his temperature (and you know what THAT means!), and near the end give him fluids by needle, all without a struggle.
I want two cats and I want to maximize the odds that they will get along well and be highly tractable. I'm leaning towards a pair of Birmans or Ragdolls for their relaxed and affectionate natures, and from the same litter to maximize the odds of a good relationship. Most of my previous cats have been raised and socialized by show breeders and I've had great results.
BUT - part of me wants to get cats from a shelter because they really need a home. I could be saving a cat's life whereas there are long waiting lists for bred cats from good breeders - they'll never be homeless. Is there any good strategy for getting two shelter cats who will be highly tractable for easy care and get along well with each other? Thanks in advance!