Should I get Buster a friend?
I work 12 hour shiftwork and I'm not always at my house when I am not working so Buster has nobody to play with. I figure since cats sleep 17 hours a day (what I've heard) he's probably sleeping when I'm gone. He's asleep right now as I type.
I feel a bit guilty leaving him alone in the house by himself for so long but 10 years ago when I got my first two cats Smokey and Bandit (the ones that live at my parent's house) I made sure I got two of them (they are littermates) so they wouldn't get lonely.
But it seems like the are jealous of each other. They are not always together and when I show one more attention than the other they sometimes get into fights. Smokey is the alpha.
When Buster sees one of them he runs to her but they want nothing to do with him. They just hiss. He's probably 9 or 10 months old and has been living with me for 3 months so he hasn't become territorial.
If I didn't have Smokey and Bandit already, I'd get him a playmate of about the same age. Figuring cats don't become territorial until they've lived in a certain place for a couple of years or more.
But I really don't want to take on anymore cats at this moment.
I just wonder if cats prefer to be the "top cat" around the house or they get lonely. Some people would say cats are solitary animals but they do run in packs in the wild.
If any of this makes sense.