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Hi all
We are all grieving over 13 year old Miranda who died 9 weeks ago. Her brother, with whom she spent her whole life, is now sole ruler of our house. He's become very loud, demanding and needy, despite their uneasy relationship over the years. When she was alive, he spent hours in our back yard, seemingly happy to get away from her (she never left the house).
We are now unsure - is this grief? loneliness? age?
Our initial thinking is that introducing a kitten now will be a threatening move and both will suffer. but now we are hesitating.
would love to hear from everyone's' experience....
Thanks
Maurit
 

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Whether to get another cat when one dies is always a dilemma and there are no sure guarantees that two strange cats will get along well. Often if the personalities are somewhat similar (altho two bullies would likely be combative), there is a better chance that they will become friendly. If they both were well socialized by being kept with their litter mates from birth to 3 mos., they'll have learned to read cat body language and learned to control their claws and bite.

Another option is a different kind of pet such as a dog with similar personality, or a rabbit (can be trained or is already trained to use a litter box). Rabbits can be playful and are amusing and some are very cuddly. Some people say rats make good pets and are very intelligent---not for me, but it's a personal choice. Good luck!
 
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