Should I adopt a cat?
I've always had 2 or more cats. I think cats like having a housemate, even if they don't get along.
We are down to one cat. She is a 14-year-old Siamese. If you heard that Siamese are one-person cats, you would be right. She has been my cat for the last 14 years, but does seem to be trying to branch out after the more gregarious, playful, friendly family cat passed earlier this year. She is meowing at the children (ages 13 and 17) and lets them pick her up, but she does not cuddle and play like the departed tabby did.
I thought I would get an older cat, somewhat quiet, with a similar temperament. My heart is not ready to take on the burden of another older, sickly cat again. My house isn't ready. I don't even think it would be good for resident Siamese, as she is a follower, an empath, who absorbs the feel of the house.
We need some playful, fun energy. This is the opportunity for my 13 year old son to experience a young, playful cat. He has only known old and dying cats. (We had 3 cats at one time.)
The rescues discourage me from getting a young cat. They say I need two or the older resident cat will be miserable. I feel so unprepared for two cats at once. Would it really be easier? Should I just wait until the resident cat passes (which could be 5 years or more, as she is healthy)? It would be too late for my sons to see kittens in their lives, unless they are cat owners in adulthood.