I joined up because I need a bit of advice, but I guess I should do the whole intro thing first.
I'm an artist, halfway through my first year of Illustration at Sheridan College, and I LOVE cats :] I have a cat back home that lives with my family, and I miss him every day. It was scary because he actually stopped eating and grooming himself when I first left for College, but he's doing a lot better now. Marmaduke is a GIANT orange fluffball, who I'm pretty sure has some Siberian in him. We found him starving on the street, unable to catch food for himself because his previous owner had him declawed in the front. I know that technically that makes him a Moggie. Even still, there are quite a few Siberian breeders around Ontario, he definitely looks the part, and he seems to be almost hypoallergenic. Maybe he's half?
Anyway, I'm a bit lonely without Marm, so I've decided to get a cat of my own. I'm absolutely in love with the Oriental breed (they look like little goblins!), so I'll be getting one from a breeder in April. The kitten is a silver chestnut spotted tabby, and has the biggest ears of his litter
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) This is where the advice bit comes in. During summers, I live with my family and Marmaduke, but during the school year I live in a condo with a couple friends. The Oriental breeder seemed really taken aback when I told her that my kitten would be without a cat companion for half the year. So, I've decided to get a second cat from the shelter, to give my kitten a buddy.
Here's the problem: I'll be doing this all in April, at my family's house with my family cat. I'm a bit worried about how Marmaduke will react to not one, but TWO intruders. I know how to properly introduce them (through a closed door, not letting them see each other for at least a week), but I'm trying to think of other ways of making it easier on Marm. Would it help if the shelter cat was also a kitten? I would feel bad getting a kitten from a shelter, when they are so easily adopted out, but it might be better for both Marm and my Oriental kitten. I've heard that cats are a bit more elastic when they are kittens, so they form relationships with other cats more easily. Also, would Marm be less threatened of two kittens than a kitten and an adult cat?
Two kittens might also tucker each other out, instead of harassing him, which would make it even easier on Marm.
But, I still feel bad about getting a kitten from a shelter. I've found a cat in a nearby shelter with the PERFECT personality, but he's two years old. I would love to adopt him, but Marmaduke's well-being comes first. So, my question is: would it make a significant difference on my family cat's stress levels if the shelter cat was a kitten? And would it be easier for my Oriental to bond with the shelter cat if he/she was a kitten?
Also, is introducing two kittens different than introducing two cats?
Sorry for the novel...I'm pretty bad at summing things up. I've attached pics of the Oriental kitten and Marmaduke, just for fun.