We have a 4 year old Himalayan girl Lolly and a 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback boy.
She is an inside only cat, very quiet and shy, and scared of pretty much everything, except her own humans and her dog. Other than those - she never shows up when there are guests, for example, and hides upstairs...
She was a bit depressed for a while when the dog first arrived, but over time curiosity took over fear and she figured out how do handle him, and now feels comfortable around him. They both have totally unrestricted access to the entire house except one area upstairs which has a closed doggie gate with an open cat door, sort of a panic room for Lolly, just on case.
She is not very playful, and I think sleeps most of the day moving from one location to another, except a few bursts of energy when she runs around... But those don't last long.
Now - the question.. We had a thought of perhaps adding another Himalayan, a boy. With this setup - adult cat and dog who are already very well adjusted to each other, would a kitten upset the relationship somehow? Our dog will not be bothered very much, but the cat-girl is very sensitive... Last thing we would want is to put stress on her. How do older cats usually react to new kittens? And would having a huge dog around be a concern?
Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
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