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Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend?

Hi,

I just found out that my 10-week-old Siamese mix kitten has a diaphragmatic hernia. She seems okay most of the time. She does tire easily though and her breathing gets labored quickly. We were planning on adopting a 6-month-old Persian male kitten for a companion for her, but now I am not sure what to do. The kitties would have separate rooms until they acclamate, but I do not want to cause any added stress or trauma to my current kitty. She is my first priority.

Any thoughts or advice on this?
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Re: Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend?

I think another kitten would be a bit too stressing for her. They will want to run and play and the 6-mo old will be stronger and have more endurance than even a healthy 10 week old. Give her lots of human affection and play and I don't think she'll miss having another cat around
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I agree. I'm so sorry to tell you that, because they enjoy playmates. I would ask a vet though, to make sure.




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Re: Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend?

Thank you both so much for taking the time to respond. I had a feeling that was going to be the consensus. It's funny how we usually know what is right even though we don't want to believe it. I really had my heart set on this little Persian baby, but Angel (my kitty) comes first. I love her just about as much as my children!

Thanks for your honesty.

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Re: Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend?

I'm so sorry about little Angel. Will a veterinary surgeon be able to repair the hernia surgically when she's older and stronger?

I agree with the others that this is not the time to be adopting a companion for her. It sounds like she's in too frail a state right now.

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Re: Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend?

Possibly. She needs to be seen by a specialist first for a more thorogh evaluation. So far, the estimate is a minimum of $3,000 for the surgery, and there is no guarentee that she will survive. He said it is very hard their little hearts to be put under and some cats do go into cardiac failure. I know money should not matter, but it is a lot of money and their a lot of risk involved. I am not sure about the risk/benefit ratio.

At this point, I am not even going to risk spaying her. I know she will have cycles of going into heat, but I am so scared to put her through any type of surgery.

It's a very sad situation for us. My goal is to provide her with the best life possible for as long as we are allowed to enjoy her.
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You're a wonderful person for caring so much for this little kitty and doing all you can for her. I hope you and she have many, many happy years together.

Do you have a picture of her you can post?
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Re: Unhealthy kitty - is it safe to get her a friend? - Update

Okay, so against everyones advice, and I mean everyone, I just could not resist bringing home Otis. I just went to look at him, I had no intension of taking him home with me... if you're a softy for kitties don't ever "just look."

We brought Otis home Monday night and it was actually a very smooth transition. Out of paranoia, I kept Otis in his own bedroom the first night and did not let Angel meet him until the next day. As it turned out, he adores Angel. He is the most well-behaved, gentle, submissive cat I have ever met. He is a pure bred Persian, 6-month-old neutered male. He was on his way the kitty pound and we just could not let that happen.

Angel doesn't really know what to think of him yet, but she has a whole new lease on life! She went from a lethargic, sleep-all-day kitten to a playful, social, interactive baby girl. She is like a completely different kitten. Her and Otis spend time playing for a few hours and then they snuggle up for long afternoon naps together. I don't know if cats can "sense" when other cats are not well, but he sure treats her like the Queen that she is. I have never seen two cats act like this so soon after being introduced. I hope this is not just the honeymoon period.

Here is a picture of my two babies:
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Angel is the tiny white kitten and Otis is the large Persian. It is an odd relationship watching a tiny little girl clearly dominate a large male cat, but she enjoys every second of it. He doesn't seem to bothered by being bossed around either. He respects her room and her food and is only allowed in when she lets him. Cats... gotta love 'em.

Thanks for all of the comments, even though I didn't listen to any of them. (Luckily I won the kitty lottery! )
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Sometimes you just have to go with your gut, huh?

What a cute picture, glad things are working out so well. More pictures, please.

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I added more pictures to the link:
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