Getting a second cat? Looking for advice
I am looking for some advice. My SO and I adopted a 1.5 year old cat a little over a year ago (he's 2 yrs 8 mos now). We had recently moved into an apartment and both missed having an animal around (I grew up primarily with dogs and SO grew up primarily with cats). We decided a cat would be the best option for our living situation. I struggle with anxiety and depression and my therapist also recommended a pet for emotional support.
We decided to adopt an adult cat rather than a kitten, because I had heard that you aren't always able to determine what a kitten's personality will be when they are older. We went to the shelter and adopted the most friendly and confident boy we could find. I was really hoping for an affectionate, cuddly lap cat. He turned out to be the complete opposite. It took me a long time to accept this, but I recognize his personality is what it is and I love him regardless. He doesn't like to cuddle and prefers to be by himself most of the time. He is pretty friendly but just doesn't seek attention. He is also a little more bonded to SO.
I have started to think about getting a second cat, but I am unsure. I know there are no guarantees, but is there any way to predict with high accuracy that a cat will be cuddly/affectionate? If I were to get another cat, would I be better off getting a kitten and forming a bond when he/she is a baby? I had always heard male cats are a bit more cuddly and that looking for a friendly + confident adult was the way to go, but it didn't end up working out (the way I had hoped). Like I said, I do love our cat but I would really like to have a pet who provides more emotional support. We have always planned to rescue, but now I am considering looking into purchasing from a reputable breeder. Are there any breeds that tend to be more affectionate as a whole that I could look into? Is it less of a gamble going with a specific breed rather than rescuing a DSH/DLH?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.