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We have been thinking about getting a second cat. Marla gets all sorts of attention but I think she wants more, when we leave the house nobodys around.

Is a new kitty a good idea?

Marla acts like she owns the place.. I don't want to her to think we're getting a new kitty to take her place.


What sex works best? Marla is female.. would she like a female or male friend?


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It depends on Marla's personality. Do you think she would take well to having a new cat in the house? The younger the new cat is, the easier it will be for both of them to adjust - it's less likely she will be jealous of a kitten than an adult cat.
 

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It is not generally a good idea to get another cat "for" your present cat (unless both are kittens). It's not a sure thing that they'll ever be friends, though usually you can get them to tolerate one another. Sometimes you get lucky, and the cats adore each other; sometimes you don't! A lot of cats are quite happy being the only cat.

If *you* want another cat, get one--but just be aware that you never know how the cats' relationship will turn out.

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A second kitty is a great idea! I did the same thing for my cat, Stormy (also a female). I knew she got lonely during the day.
There are several ways to go about getting another cat. You really could get a male or a female. I got a male and it has worked out well. Females can be pretty territorial, so a male-female combination is good. Just make sure he is neutered and she is spayed!
Another thing to think about is age. How old is your cat? The younger she is, the better she will adapt to a new cat. Stormy was a year and a half old. I had wanted to get a kitten, because I had heard that sometimes the old cat will "mother" the new kitten and accept it well. But I ended up getting another kitty that was a year and a half old. I probably would not match a fairly old cat with a kitten because a kitten will probably bug the crap out of it, always wanting to play. Ideally your two cats should have somewhat similar energy levels. Another thing to consider is that there are so many adult cats who need homes...kittens are easy to place but there are TONS of adult cats out there who are absolutely wonderful.
Another thing is personality. If your cat is very laid back (especially with change and other animals) this will probably be easy. If not, you may have to be more careful. In my case, I knew Stormy could be pissy about other animals, so I got Justin who is a very laid back male. She is the dominant one in the house.
As for introducation...slowly is the key! You don't want to **** Marla off to where she will never want anything to do with the new cat. Confine the new cat to a bathroom or other small room when you get him. He will get used to your house slowly this way for one thing. You go in and play with him, spend time with him to get him used to you. Meanwhile you are lavishing attention on Marla! She knows something is going on, she can smell this other cat. But if you give her a lot of attention, treats, playtime, she can associate this change with something good! Continue all this for about a week. She will smell this other cat through the crack in the doorway and if there is enough room may even flick paws underneath the door at each other. Don't worry if she hisses at the doorway at first, this is normal.
Next step is to put your new cat into a carrier and put the carrier a few feet outside of the room he was staying in. Allow Marla to come over and investigate. She will be able to see the new cat but cannot get to him. She may still be hissing some at this point but hopefully this will get better over time. Continue this step for a few days or until you feel comfortable actually letting them see each other unrestrained by a carrier. Monitor their time together and just watch how they react.
It took some time for Stormy and Justin to love each other...maybe a month total or a little more. But it worked! Justin was never a problem but Stormy was pretty pissy about the whole thing at first but she got over it. The hissing subsided and now she grooms him, they play with each other and sometimes sleep together.
Again, so much of this depends on your cat. But the main thing is just to give her a lot of attention, and build up her curiosity about this new cat.
Whew, this ended up being really long but I hope I answered your questions! Let us know how it goes if you get another cat!

Edit: If you are worried that they might have trouble getting along, you might try to get a cat from someone who is fostering on the condition that you will return the cat if the relationship does not work out. This is what I did...I knew if things didn't work out, I could return Justin to the woman I got him from. Of course, that would have been tough because I had already fallen in love with him!
 

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Thanks for all the information. I'm really not sure what I expected from this, and I understand there's no way of knowing the 2 be best friends.

Marla is under 1 year old.. she might like a friend.. maybe we'll give this a try.
 

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well I was in about the same situation with Sophie recently and brought home a new cat for her to have someone to play with with I wasnt there.
She seemed rather lonely sometimes even though I paid her all sorts of attention when I was at home.

Although it has been touch and go with the new cat and my seems to like/tolerate the new male cat murphy I brought into the house. The only problem I think they have left is that the both like to Vie for my attention and that Murphy is a little rough when playing for sophie. It seems to start out as play sometimes and then she has enough real quick and gets to hissing at him.

He does like her though cause sometimes when we are laying on the couch and shes there getting some attention he will jump up and start to lick on her and you can tell she enjoys it.
 

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Last night we got a new kitty. This post is pretty old, but we did a lot of thinking before getting our second kitty.

We did what was recommended in this post. The new kitty is in our bedroom (door shut) and marla has the other half of the house.

Marla has been hissing some.. but looks pretty interested. I hope this works out.


I'll have pictures of the new kitten soon.. and some updated ones of Marla!



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What a great achievement - this is a great impulse for me to get to work - thank you all for the links and sharing information :D

ps lovely pictures !!!
 

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Thanks :)

They're doing just fine. Sometimes they hug each other and just start rollin around. It's pretty cute.

You can tell Marla is still getting use to the new kitty, but it's going pretty good now!
 

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It really depends how old your kitty is? Some cats don't like another kitty around, they just want to run the place and get all the attention. It probably works out best if you get a kitten and the opposite sex, that is a male kitten. They feel less threatening by a kitten. And too your kitty has to be fix. I think it is a good idea to get a second cat, they can play together, sleep with each other and keep each other company when you are not home. I have three cats and they all get along good together. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 
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