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My cat is 8 years old. He's very social with people, sweet and tolerant of human affection, but has never really been exposed to other cats since we brought him home at age 3 months. He sees stray cats that we feed on our patio, and sometimes he charges the patio door, and sometimes he just watches. He doesn't do well alone-when we went on a 2 week vacation, we had someone come to check on him every other day, but it just wasn't enough contact and he stress puked a lot. We know better now and will make sure he has someone with him every day if we're gone.

He is a bit spoiled and likes attention, and I'm concerned another cat would upset him by taking attention. But I also think it's possible he might like the company when we are gone on overnight trips. I have no way of knowing how he would react to a new cat(it would be a kitten, I know adult cats take better to kittens) and I don't want to make his life miserable by forcing him to share his home with another animal he doesn't like, or at best, tolerates.



Any ideas or advice? (Unfortunately we can't bring in another kitten temporarily as a test, my husband's allergies react to all cats except Siberians).
 

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Hi Jaricketts,

Oh boy, that's an impossible question for anyone to answer about someone else's kitty situation...It's so hard to know how things might go. I thought about getting another cat to keep my 14.5-year-old company when her kitty companion passed away. The only reason I considered it was that she was so upset and lonely, and she'd always shown interest in other kitties. However, like your kitty, she also loved attention, so I decided that, among other criteria, any new kitty would have to be independent rather than a lap cat.

The dilemma is that, while an adult cat is more likely to accept a kitten, as you said, you can't tell what a kitten's personality will be later. All kittens seem to just have kitten personality - super high energy and not interested in too much attention or interaction. :)

Would you be getting the kitten from a breeder? If so, you might see if the breeder will allow the return of the kitten if things don't work out.
 

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Thank you, Spirite! You are so right about kitten personalities. My cat changed a lot since he was little! We will be asking about returning a kitten, but that will be rough, I'm sure we'll fall in love instantly. It will be a crapshoot.
 

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Yep, I think that's the only way to describe it...

I'm sure you are already familiar with all the steps for a slow introduction. Maybe if you do it in super slo-mo, it'll increase the chances that your kitty will accept the new kitten. Please keep us posted! :)
 
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