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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-29-2008, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Should I get new kittens in my house when I have an old cat?

I have been thinking for some time that I would like a little kitten of my own. My younger sister agrees with this, but we're worried that our prized but elderly short coated tortishell kitty, Cinnamon, the only cat in the house right now won't have such a peaceful end of her lifetime. BUT, we reckon she could be around for some time, for she is in a very good condition for such an old timer. She has quite a delicate stomach and only four teeth of her original set (You can't get cat dentures, can you?) so needs to eat a special cat food mashed up for her. She also sleeps a load and I almost never get to play with her unless she has consumed catnip, which whisks her up like a mango in a blender, but kittens are like this without eating catnip! Do any of you more advanced cat owners think I should buy some new kits, and if so, what breed? I was thinking of two Turkish Van kittens.

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Please answer this thread! I need help.
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Kittens vary in behavior, as do adult cats. Nothing is certain. However a kitten, although active, is usually accepted better than a cat, because your cat will know it is still the Alpha Cat. The thread "New Kitten?" might be helpful to you.

I have found my Balinese cat to be one of the sweetest natured cats I have ever had. I got her the the Siamese Rescue org. Good luck!




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I have never had a single, older cat so I really can't give you much information. I have heard stories about adding new siblings to an older cat and it goes really well, others where the new kitty just harasses the established kitty.

Do you have an area where you would be able to keep the new kitty away from Cinnamon and allow you to introduce them slowly?


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I would keep things as they are and let your prized older kitty enjoy her later years in life.

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Thanks for the answers!

@Jeanie Thanks for the infomation! That might be a real help when we make a decision.

@Leazie I do have a place where the kitten could slowly be introduced to Cinnamon, but she is usually quite angry if she finds other cats on her 'property'. It would be an idea, know, because Cinnamon can barely hear and her sense of smell seems to be fading. She wouldn't be able to detect the kitten/kittens.

@marie73 We thought that, too, but she isn't exactly the marathon runner of the house. She spends nearly all of her time sleeping.

Those answers really helped me. Thanks!
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