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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thinking of getting my cat a companion

I have a very sweet little 4-year-old female cat. She spent the first 2-3 years of her life with another cat (male, two years older than her). I work two jobs and am gone a lot, so I'm thinking about getting another cat to keep her company. She's very, very sweet-natured and extremely affectionate, but rather shy around others, so I think she'll probably be fearful at first, but hopefully they'll grow to be friends. She has all of her claws, but doesn't use them. Does anyone have any suggestions as to male vs. female, or kitten vs. adult? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 11:34 AM
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Well,part of it,I think depends on the breed. Siamese,i.e. can be vey funny about a new brother,or sister. (although some Siamese,can be super-friendly) Also, is your cat spayed? Someone told me a spayed female,and a nuetered male bond quickly. In any case,I'm sure your cat will love having someone to teach the finer art of driving mom nuts...seriously one cat will 'show the ropes' to the other Do not expect the transition to be easy,though!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 01:11 PM
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It really depends on the cat, but my males are more layed back then my females! Kittens are more rambunctious of course as well. But if you take time introducing them and are patient most any cat will work out.

You could get an older (not necessarily old, just not a kitten) from a rescue organization that knows a little about their personality and how they react with other cats. That might give you a better idea of what to expect. Check out www.petfinder.org - on the left you can choose the specifics. Or you can just go hunting around and find one you fall in love with!

Good luck and keep us posted!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 03:03 PM
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I had a 4-year-old male (I know you have a female) that I got a companion for. I got a 9-month-old female. They get along great, and did, right from the start.

So I would support getting an older (not kitten) cat. The young ones tend to be a little too energetic for our older, set-in-their-ways kitties!


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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, everyone, for your input and suggestions! It sounds like I should probably look for a young adult with a sweet, laid-back disposition, just like my little Stella (she is spayed, by the way). I'll let you know what I end up doing!

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 07:07 PM
 
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I think it's a great idea. Our cats all have buddies. When #3 (Jazmine_ came around, she got bullied by the first two (Tink and Minnie). Crystal got #4 (Trixie) and those two became buddies right away. Now we have to gangs of cats. They were definately better with a buddy - someone to clean, chase and play with when we are and aren't there.
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I think it's a great idea. Our cats all have buddies. When #3 (Jazmine_ came around, she got bullied by the first two (Tink and Minnie). Crystal got #4 (Trixie) and those two became buddies right away. Now we have to gangs of cats. They were definately better with a buddy - someone to clean, chase and play with when we are and aren't there.
Definitely. We had Tink for about 6 months on her own and she used to cry when we'd leave -- we got her Minnie and they're best friends.

I'm a big believer in a multi-cat household.
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