Finding the Right Fit
Alright so, about a month and a half ago, give or take a few days, we got ourselves a cat, Jacob, our first boy cat ever.
We've always been a one cat household, but lately I've been looking at Jake and thinking he could use a playmate, someone to pass the time with while we're at work and school. I mentioned it to my mom, and she was opposed to it at first, but it seems like she might be warming up to the idea, though there is no definite answer yet, it is in the realm of possibility so I'd like to ask a few questions first.
When we adopted him from the shelter they were holding him in the pet store with about 5 other cats in a little cat room because the shelter folk said he didn't like confined spaces, and had to be moved to the pet store so he had a little more room.
Far as we know he didn't have any bad incidents there with any of the other cats, he seemed just fine with them, though it didn't stick out to me that he was close to any other cat in particular, but most were a fair bit older than him, and from what I saw, much calmer.
I was just wondering if one: You guys thought he'd do well with a companion, and two: if yes, what type of companion he'd be better with.
I'm not sure if now that he has his own place he'll be too territorial. There was one incident we had after his first week here where my uncle and cousins brought their dog over, like they usually do, for our family supper. We warned our uncle that we had gotten a new cat who had claws this time (previous cat had been declawed) and we told them to knock when they came to give us a little warning to get the cat and put him in a bed room or something. Thing is, they didn't knock, and they opened the door and let the dog run in, needless to say Jake was not very impressed, and after the dog jumped onto the couch, Jacob leaped at him and nearly clawed his face up, though he didn't actually touch him. We grabbed Jake, tried calming him down, and put him in the bedroom for a bit, then we rotated putting the dog in the bedroom, and letting the cat out in case he needed the litterbox, and to say hello to everyone, he was perfectly fine saying hello to the newcomers, so long as they were not a dog. No animals were harmed, they were just shaken up. Our uncle wasn't too impressed and doesn't like the cat anymore, but honestly, I blame him for not warning us, if he had of knocked, the whole situation could have been avoided, but my dad thinks Jake may be a bit too territorial for a companion. I think after a proper introduction, Jake would warm up and get friendly with a new cat.
Do you guys think he'd benefit from a companion? Or to just leave what's working be, and not try to fix what isn't broken?
If we did get a new cat, I was wondering what would be better, two males, or a male and a female? Jacob is 1 1/2, probably closer to 2 now, so would younger, older, or the same age be better? He is also a pretty high energy cat who loves playing, running around, and snuggling when he gets tired, so would a cat with similar energy levels be better, or a calmer cat to even him out? If we did get another cat, I just don't want anything to go wrong and want whats best for everyone involved, so I have so many questions!
Sorry for that super long post :/ Didn't realize how much I was rambeling!