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Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you can help me with a dilemma I am having. I have had my little kitten Gloworm for a month now. He is absolutely lovely, and I cannot believe I've not got a cat before, he is such a lovely companion!

Today I was looking at the breeders website, from who I got Gloworm from (very lovely I must add, he came very well socialised and litter/scratch post trained) and they have a blue male who has just came available. I have always wanted a blue and a red tabby, and the timing feels right to get my next kitty.

However, Gloworm is my priority. I have seen many advocates of people having 2 kitties rather than one, and I am worried he is lonely. This mornign when my boyfriend left (and I was in bed :) ) he cried at the door until I called him, and then he came in and settled with me. This has made me concerned.
The blue kitten would not be available til late December (thinking pick him up after Christmas) so do you think it is too soon to intro a new kitten to the household, or, is it earlier the better? I know this kitten was in a kitten 'cage' when I picked up Gloworm, so they have been together a little (I dont know if this will make a difference)

Also Gloworm is off to get neutered in mid January. Should I wait for G to be neutered before I bring in the new male cat? Gloworm has just hit 4 months.

Sorry for the wall of text, just wanted to give all the info :)

Martha xx
 

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Wouldn't that be a nice Christmas present! Introducing cats is usually much easier when the cats are younger...so, the earlier the better. It's possible, but doubtful, that they will remember each other. However, Gloworm will be 6 months and the new kitten would likely be around 3 months. Normally, introducing kittens of that age is relatively easy (although, granted, not always).

As for the neuter, I would recommend that you have Gloworm neutered before you bring home the new kitten, which either means delaying picking up the new kitten for a few weeks or moving Gloworm's neuter appointment to mid/late December. If the neuter has already been done, you will avoid having a vet visit smack in the midst of introducing the kittens, which could result in interruptions and/or a re-start to the introduction. So, it would be best to just get the neuter over with first.
 

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Do you believe having 2 kitties is beneficial for both? On the one hand, its a gorgeous kitten, and I would love to have him as well as mine, and two kitties together are so cute, but on the other hand I want it to be a positive thing for the kittens, not just me selfishly wanting another cute kitten :)
 

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Gloworm could be neutered now....at 4 mos. that is a perfect age. I think he may well remember the blue kitten, as he will likely remember the scent. Getting him neutered now before the testosterone kicks in (sometimes at 5 mos.) will have him settled down, and late December to get the blue kitty would be perfect. The younger they are the easier the acceptance of each other. Good luck.
 

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The only thing better than one kitten is two kittens.
I have seen some indoor cats get a little bored and lonely.
A companion is just the ticket and it's very rare that kittens that age don't bond quickly because all they want to do is play.
 

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Gloworm was just at the vets and she said his bits were too teeny tiny at the moment to steal lol. I shall look into getting him neutered in December time if the vet thinks its okay for him :)

I have asked about blue kitten and hopefully he is available so I can put down a deposit! From no cats to 2 in a matter of months, I must be mad!
 

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You're no more "mad" than the rest of us! The kittens will love to play with each other and keep each other company. Let's hope the new kitten is still available.
 

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Oh trust me, you're not mad. If so, we're all mad as a hatter here. :)

Yes I agree with Susan, getting him neutered first before getting the one would remove the 'interruption' so you can concentrate strictly on the introductions.

Good luck! I can tell you having more than one member is certainly fun, but it doesn't come with added responsibilities, duties and work!
 

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Oh trust me, you're not mad. If so, we're all mad as a hatter here. :)

Yes I agree with Susan, getting him neutered first before getting the one would remove the 'interruption' so you can concentrate strictly on the introductions.

Good luck! I can tell you having more than one member is certainly fun, but it doesn't come with added responsibilities, duties and work!
We are off back to the vets on the 6th Dec so I shall ask about an earlier neuter then if the new kitten is available still. Fingers crossed!
 

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Er. I have to add a correction. I meant with another member, it is certainly fun, but it DOES come with added responsibilities, duties and work. Oops!

Well, be sure that you're not pushing the neuter too soon though. But as long as the vet says it's okay, I guess it's all good.
 

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Er. I have to add a correction. I meant with another member, it is certainly fun, but it DOES come with added responsibilities, duties and work. Oops!

Well, be sure that you're not pushing the neuter too soon though. But as long as the vet says it's okay, I guess it's all good.
Oh no I wouldnt push it early at all. Whatever the vet thinks I will go by, if that means picking up my possible new kitten then thats fine by me, Im in no rush :)
 

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Well I have never had any pets before. Adopt 1st cat in mid-July. 2nd one 2 weeks after. 3rd one 3 months after the 1st :) We're stopping now :)
 

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Well I have never had any pets before. Adopt 1st cat in mid-July. 2nd one 2 weeks after. 3rd one 3 months after the 1st :) We're stopping now :)
Well blue kitty is available, gets his second jabs on the 8th so I assume that means I can go have a nosey at him after that :D
 

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If you would like a second and have the means to care for two, then I'd say go for it. :)

I was so wary of getting a second kitten after we got our first. I was worried he'd be jealous or unhappy about a new arrival, but he also had so much energy that he'd get into trouble all the time and want to play constantly.

Ultimately getting a second kitten ended up being perfect. His behavior has been so much better. They play with each other all the time. They're great buddies.

From what I've heard, when they're both young is also the best time to introduce them. Mine were 7 months and 4 months when they were introduced and aside from maybe an evening of wariness and hissing, it went very smooth.
 

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Hope it's ok to tag onto this post..

I've been thinking about getting a kitten to buddy with Charlie. Not that he seems to care, but I worry that he may be lonely. Heck, he may just be enjoying all the time alone to himself..what do I know, right? lol
There is a free kitten down the road. She is two months old, no shots or anything yet. I'm not sure when kittens get there first set. Any advice at all? Should I attempt a buddy? Have we not had him long enough (1mth)? He is very set in the house, no issues at all with him transitioning in. Am I crazy for thinking to get him a buddy all ready?
Thanks :)
 

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I don't think that's crazy at all. It's usually pretty easy to introduce a kitten and, if Charlie's already settled in, there's no real reason to delay.

Kittens usually get their first shots at about 8 weeks, so she should get hers in the very near future.
 

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Hope it's ok to tag onto this post..

I've been thinking about getting a kitten to buddy with Charlie. Not that he seems to care, but I worry that he may be lonely. Heck, he may just be enjoying all the time alone to himself..what do I know, right? lol
There is a free kitten down the road. She is two months old, no shots or anything yet. I'm not sure when kittens get there first set. Any advice at all? Should I attempt a buddy? Have we not had him long enough (1mth)? He is very set in the house, no issues at all with him transitioning in. Am I crazy for thinking to get him a buddy all ready?
Thanks :)
If you do get the free kitty, I'd probably isolate her, and have the vet checks her out before you introduce her to Charlie, just in case if she has any diseases etc.
 

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The kitten was picked up by someone else. That's ok. I'll probably wait until June (kitten season) and get another from the local cat rescue where we got Charlie.
I'll be sure to read up before I do. Any advice for male/female kitten? Do opposite sex tend to get along better? I know he had a female buddy he was dropped off with.

I honestly would love to get a scottish fold or american curl, but since I don't speak Japanese and the only ones I've seen are at the pet store, I'm not holding out that they would be healthy. Probably from backyard breeders and I don't want to support them. And they are so expensive. $2K for a kitten. :(
 

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The vet must not have much training/experience in pediatric neutering--for example, all kittens at my local shelter get spayed and neutered as soon as they turn 2 months old (and weigh at least 2 pounds). Definitely neuter your current cat before getting the new one.

And getting your little kitty a playmate is, especially at this age, NOTHING but a POSITIVE thing. I adopted my first two together--they are brother and sister--and they are so very happy to have each other. The rescue, my vet, EVERYONE thanked us for getting both of them together. Also, they never destroy our possessions (other than my boy's chewing habit) because they take out their excess energy on each other. They're now 1 year old, and best buddies.

ETA: Just read your recent post. Go to your local shelter and look at kittens there--there are PLENTY, no matter what season. Your boy will definitely benefit from a playmate and buddy at his age, and the longer you wait to introduce a buddy to him, the tougher the introduction will be. And it's so fun to watch them play and cuddle together!
 
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