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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2008, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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New kitten?

In February I lost my sweet girl Sally to cancer. She was almost 14 years old. I still have her brother, Ben, a big, cuddly and friendly boy. He still searches for Sally, checking her favorite places. I have now started to wonder whether a new kitten would make him feel less sad. But I'm completely uncertain. Is he too old already for a new addition to the family? Might he be more annoyed than happy? Is there a danger of him withdrawing? And even: am I just projecting my sadness on him? I really, really would love to hear about your experiences in similar situation. And one final question: Would a Snowshoe kitten be suitable?
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How sad for Ben and you. A kitten would be better accepted than a cat, but a gradual introduction would still be necessary.

1. Isolation for about a week
2. Exchange bedding
3. Exchange rooms
4. Introduce with kitten in a carrier...Watch their reaction.
5. Interactive play, if possible..
6. Face to face, when all is going well.

This is not etched in stone, but is a good general rule.

I'll move this to Cat Chat for you. I'm sure you'll get some wise advice.




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PS I have a Siamese cat who is very loving.




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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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I'm so sorry about Sally - Ben as well. Bless his heart.

I did everything that Jeanie says to do. The transition is so much easier if you just take your time with it.

I'm hoping for the best! Good luck!
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Greeh, I didn't really answer your question, did I? I have added stray kittens to my cat family to cats as old as 11, but not older. It really depends on the individual cat. Kittens love to play, and mine were well accepted by my younger cats, who also liked to play. The oldest cat was "above all of that kid stuff." She liked me to play with her, but didn't like to play fight. Kittens do.

I wish I could give you more help. I have had problems with only one cat since I became an adult, and I have never turned a stray away. The one cat was a bully, although she was (we guessed) only 6-7 months old. She intimidated our most sensitive cat. That was only one of many. I'm sure Ben would know that he is the Alpha Kitty. If you get the kitten, (and I'd be tempted) I would use interactive toys to keep him busy. He will miss having his litter mates to wrestle with, but Ben would teach him a lot, as his mother would.

If you get a kitten, I would consider one that is rather laid back. You mentioned a Snowshoe Siamese. As I mentioned, I have Siamese cats, and find them to be very loving. But, just as we are individuals, so are cats.

I hope that helps a bit, and that others tell you their experiences.




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