- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
We have a 2 year old domestic cat he is an indoor cat and we feel like he could do with a companion. We both work full time so he is alone most of the day. This doesn’t seem to bother him but I think it would be nice for him to have a friend. We also think by getting a friend for him that maybe it will make the situation a little easier for when we start a family and bring our first baby home as the cats will be able to distract each other and keep each other company so that jealousy won’t be a huge issue compared to if we just had 1 cat with a baby.
For background info, we introduced our cat to my sisters cat when both were kittens (ours was 4 weeks older). Our cat didn’t react well to my sisters cat. I guess the big mistake we made was taking our cat out of his environment into the new cat’s environment at my sisters place. This resulted in lots of hissing and growling from our cat towards my sister’s. We took our cat home and tried it the other way around and brought my sisters cat over to our place. This was much more successful, the hissing and growling basically subsided from our cat and they started to chase each other and play. Sometimes a few rough tumbles but our cat wasn’t trying to hurt Her cat. They don’t see each other that often but if my sister goes away on holidays we offer to mind her cat and they tend to get along as long as our cat is in his own environment.
With this background we are now contemplating adopting a kitten. I am worried what will happen when they first meet as our cat can be quite territorial. I hope they get along considering he got along with my sisters cat eventually. We will be going to visit it soon so I am thinking to maybe ask the carer if we can borrow a toy of the new kitten to take home with us so our cat can get familiar with the new scent. I am just stressed what will happen once we take a new kitten home if they don’t get along straight away. We both work full time so i don’t want our cat to hurt the new kitten. Should I keep the kitten in a separate room when we are at work? just not sure how to approach this :/ any advice would be great 🙂 is this a bad idea??