I'm new, and please give your opinion...another cat?
Hi! Firstly I just want to introduce myself - I am Natalie and new on here. I have one cat called Ali who is my 'old man' now at almost 14 years old.
I am actually after some opinions on our situation and hoped some of you may be able to help me? Ali was brought by my husband before we were even a couple, and he was brought as a pair from the same litter. He has spent his entire life with his brother, but very sadly we have lost his brother to cancer and suspected liver disease very recently. We are absolutely gutted, of course, but also worried about Ali feeling lonely now it is just him. We aren't considering buying another cat straight away to allow Ali time to come to terms with his brothers passing, but I don't know if another cat is the right way to go? What do you think? Ali is a very well tempered cat (and puts up with my two year old without even batting an eyelid) and was often seen cuddled up next to his brother sleeping etc so he can be a very social cat. When we are all over the shock and grief surrounding his brother, do you think he would benefit from a companion? Part of me thinks he will crave a cats company, but another part of me thinks that maybe he should spend his senior years chilled out without any big changes. I would probably want a kitten over a rescue cat due to having two young children, do you think Ali would hate having a 'spring chicken' jumping around, or could it give him a new lease of life? Should I get another male, or would a female be best? If we did get another cat, should we get a pair so that Ali's passing (hopefully in the way off future) doesn't leave another lone cat?
I really don't know what to do for the best having never been in this situation before. If you have any experience of this I would love to hear from you, or even if you haven't been in this situation I would love to know what you would do. Any advice is greatly appreciated!