(Closed) Adopted a shelter cat – question!

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Congrats on adopting a cat! I’m a huge cat lover so I get excited for anyone else that adopts! Definitely look into getting a cat sibling for your new cat! Darling Husband and I had our first cat, Boo, by herself for 10 months. She was always meowing for attention and pretty clingy. Darling Husband and I love to just get up and leave whenever as well as travel when we can so we decided on a new cat. It took about a week for them to cozy up to each other but it really was the best decision we ever made for Boo and our new cat. They love each other, snuggle, play all the time. Boo gets the attention she wants from her sister and I couldn’t be any happier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We just adopted a 2 year old shelter cat too. Brought him home on sunday! He’s home alone now for the first day and i’m worried about him. I played with him this morning and gave him a ton of snuggles. When I left, he was sitting up on the window sill and I turned ed and waved to him before going to my car like a loser lol. I left out a couple of toys so hopefully he’ll be alright. Looking forward to going home though!

Meet Hercules ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 18
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Worker bee

I have 3 cats all from shelters. I think having more than one cat is a good decision. They play together, cuddle together, they are best friends. When I had one cat and got my second, it took them two months to get used to each other. Honestly, they kind of were at each other, being mean. Then one day I came home and they were snuggling and they’ve been best friends since. Cats will work it out, you have to be patient.

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Post # 19
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Helper bee

MrsAA: My cat is about two and used to cry at the door whenever we left. She would, also, break my heart by crying at the door when we returned in the evening. You could hear her little, pitiful meows as we came up the staircase. She still occasionally does both, when she really wants to guilt trip us.

However, I’m pretty certain that from about fifteen minutes after we left until she heard our car in the garage, she was quietly napping and entertaining herself as she pleased. As PPs have said, cats are pretty chill creatures who are pretty content to nap for hours.

My Fiance also got me a Pet Cube for Christmas, which has made life amazing, as I can spy on our cat throughout the day. It confirms what I always believed – she just sleeps all day, storing up her energy to keep us up the minute we want to go to bed.

Post # 20
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Helper bee

i’m at home with my cat all day but don’t interact with her whilst i’m working (9-5). She usually comes in just before I finish to ask for food but apart from that she entertains herself.

I wouldn’t worry about your cat, she will get used to it as she learns you always come back. cats are solitary creatures naturally and also sleep a lot.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

My cat still does that and I’ve had him for a year and a half. Even if fiancé is home with him he cries at the door, and he even has a sister to play with. He just loves his mama. Once I leave he has lots of fun and plays with his toys and naps, and then about fifteen minutes before I’m supposed to be home he cries at the door again. It’s just like a real baby. They wish you never had to leave. Don’t worry about it too much. It’s not a big deal, even though it is heartbreaking to hear his little cries!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

Also, most cats do NOT want siblings. If you want another cat then go for it, it won’t hurt anything, but don’t do it for your cat. It will take them a long time to get used to eachother, if they ever do. Cats are happy being only children. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

MrsFiveOh:  Most cat experts and owners would disagree. It litterally took my cats 24 hours to be friends. And they didn’t ever fight or anything just kept their distance. 

It’s a common misconception that cats don’t like other cats. Yes Feral cats will HUNT alone but they LIVE in social groups/ colonies. 

Don’t get another cat if you don’t want one, but just know that two cats if often easier and happier than one. 

 

http://www.thedailycat.com/behavior/understanding/are_cats_loners/index.html 

 

http://www.petplace.com/article/cats/dr-debras-faqs-and-posts/dr-debras-posts/are-cats-loners-do-they-need-feline-companionship-to-be-mentally-healthy 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

k ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I mean I’ve only owned like 11 cats throughout my life and studied cat behaviors in my career training. But whatever. Way too many cats end up in shelters because their owners thought their cat “needed a friend” and then they fight viciously once introduced. (In no way am I against multiple cats. Adopt all the cats, I say! I personally have two, and only because my Fiance won’t let me bring home another. Just do it for you, not for your cat) 

Does Your Older Cat Really Want A Younger Companion?

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’m totally not sure what your situation is, but have you thought about getting a second cat? We got 2 cats for this very reason, now they keep eachother company! They’re always snuggling with eachother and playing. And it’s no different than having one cat (doesn’t feel more crowded) it’s just a little bit extra food! And I never feel guilty leaving them alone ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

One of my cats (we have 3) who is 8, still meows when one of us leaves. Even if the other one is home. He finds his special cat toy, carries it in his mouth and wanders around the house meowing. Does it for about 10 mins. Then he is fine and goes back to sleep.

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