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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of adopting a 2nd cat

I have a cat and a dog, both males about the same size, both rescues. The rescue group where I got Daryl is always posting their new kitties on Facebook. Whoever writes the descriptions is brilliant. They make you fall in love with every single one. There's this 3-year old female named Dolly with an adorable face. They said she's a little skittish until she gets to know people. She gets along well with other cats and dogs in her foster home. I can't stop thinking about her. My dog is great with Daryl, but he's not interested in interacting. When Daryl rubs against him he leaves. They're both super focused on me all the time. When I walk the dog, Daryl is sitting at the window watching for us to come back I keep wondering if another cat would be good for Daryl. I just don't want it to put my dog over the edge. He's super sensitive and insecure. I worry he might feel outnumbered. OR.... maybe he'd be happy that Daryl has his own companion and not feel as needy for my attention all the time...?

Of course I also have to consider the extra work and expense of another cat, and I'm fine with that. I have a roomy house and I'm the only human. Uggh... I just can't stop thinking about it.

What should I do? I know... every dog and cat is different. But what would YOU do?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 08:41 PM
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Since you have a small dog, how old he is? I like to make things easy for seniors.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 09:29 PM
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Most shelters offer meet and greets with existing pets. Perhaps you could arrange for that and see how things go from there.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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My dog is 6 and Daryl will be 3 in a few weeks (approximately). They bring the rescue cats to Petsmart and there is a meet & greet room. However, Barney doesn't do well in Petsmart. He gets really nervous and obnoxious when he sees other dogs.

Daryl is staring at me and meowing while I type this. I think he's saying, "Get another cat."
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 10:52 PM
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Is there a way the rescue would let you do a trial adoption for several weeks?
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-09-2015, 03:07 AM
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Most shelters will take the cat back if it doesn't work out. They will also help counsel you if things are going rough (if they are worth their salt). If they won't we can

If it were me I would try it. I wouldn't rush introductions one bit though because you have a balance right now so make changes very gradually.
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I say go for it! You seem like you've already made up your mind

I can't wait to get a second cat either. I think about it a lot. Unfortunately I won't be able to for a year or so due to space and financial reasons.


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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-09-2015, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, this shelter will take the cat back at any time. In fact, they make you sign an agreement to that effect. I'm still thinking seriously about it, but I've come down to earth a little bit. My dog is having allergy problems and I need to make sure he's not allergic to the cat before I bring another one into the house. If it turns out to be food or dust mites or something, then I will see if Dolly is still available.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2015, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dolly is still available and I'm still mulling it over! I inquired with the shelter. Dolly's foster mom thought she'd be fine with a dog and cat as long as they weren't bullies, but emphasized that she's shy and would need a separate room and time to adjust. Daryl's former foster mom said he'd be fine with another cat as long as it wasn't a bully. Does this sound like a promising match up? Does adding another cat change the relationship with the cat(s) you already have? I don't want Daryl to detach from me. He's such a lovey kitty.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2015, 03:16 PM
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It doesn't change the relationship unless you want it to. When I brought in my second I made sure to split my time between them especially if they could see me interacting with the other cat. So I would pet one cat and then pet the other cat. They do spend a lot of time together and adore each other but I still feel connected to them individually.
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