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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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How should we pick a companion for our adult cat?

Hi folks!

We're getting ready to move into a larger place, and so we're just about ready to give our 8 y/o male DSH (and ourselves) a new companion. We're really unsure about what would be best to introduce to the household and I was hoping for some of you to share your expertise.

Some history, first. He has not always been an "only cat". After we had him for about a year, we brought another cat in. They coexisted well, but we lost her to liver disease a few years ago. The place we have been living is small, and a housemate is mildly allergic to cats, so it seemed inconsiderate (both to the human and the cat) to introduce a new pet until now. At this point, we will be moved by August 3rd and want to expand the family soon after that.

Here are my questions:
- How long should we give our 8 y/o male in his new home to become comfortable before introducing another cat?
- Considering we have one adult cat, should we introduce another adult, a younger cat, or a kitten? Why?
- If we get a kitten, should we get two? I tend to think we should, because the adult might not want to play as much as they would want to, and if they have a playmate in one another, that would probably be best.
- Is there anything else important we should consider when choosing a companion for a cat of this age?

What opinions do you all hold on this subject?

Thanks for any help you folks can offer!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 12:09 AM
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I can tell you my experience as far as adopting two kittens. Yes, they have each other to play with - thank goodness!!! BUT, they also rule the house, and since they have each other, they may ignore your cat or gang up on him with their playing and rough-housing. If you really want a companion for your cat, you may want to consider ONE kitten so they could bond, but even that's no guarantee.

As far as moving into the new place and when to get the kitten(s), I've seen advice here that sooner is better so neither cat becomes territorial, but I don't have any experience with that issue.

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A kitten is more easily accepted by an adult cat. If your cat is sedate, try to get a more laid back kitten. Good luck, whatever you choose. One cat is never enough for me.




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