Does Muffin need a friend?
OK, so Muffin, the new cat, is very playful and active, and a very in your face kind of cat - which is fine with us, by the way - but she cries for attention alot, grooms us, even at 4 am, and even though she and Pookie get along fine, Pookie is 12 and very inactive and uninterested in playing.
I know that when Muffin was stray she had two sisters that she hung around with, so I mentioned to DH one day that maybe she misses her sisters....he knew where I was going with that and said no way. It's not that he doesn't like cats, just that he doesn't like the $620 price tag that Muffin came with.
Anyway, two nights ago he was awakened by Muffin standing on his head grooming him, and he muttered, "Maybe she needs a cat her own age to play with". So we talked about it the next day, and I said that it didn't have to be like last time - we could go to the local shelter and get one already vetted and spay/neutered for under $100. So long story short (too late) he said possibly, after we move, b/c our house is for sale right now. So we are talking at least two months out, but nothing wrong with planning, right?
My question is, does Muffin really need a friend? Are these things she's doing, crying and being velcro kitty, signs that she is lonely or bored? And how to tell if a cat is a good temperment match for her, because I've been reading around and it sounds like you really can't tell. Also, Muffin is 10 months old, and I'd like to go slightly older, like 3-5, but is that too old to be a good playmate for Muffin? And male or female? My previous cats have always been singletons until now, with the exception of two littermates I had as a kid and one ill fated stray I took in several years ago.