(Closed) Get another cat?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I adopt another cat?
    Yes, go for it! : (31 votes)
    91 %
    No, I don't think you should! : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Other, explained below! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

    AWWWWW! I can’t browse petfinder unless I’m actively looking to adopt because I fall in love with anything with fur or scales or feathers.

    I can offer input on getting a second cat, though! We have two, but they were adopted months apart. I love that I can cuddle with one when the other is in no-cuddle-mode, and it’s so fun to watch them interact. Plus, it makes a huge difference when we go away for the weekend. With one cat, I would always worry about her getting lonely even when I’m gone all day at work. But with two, I know they’ll be fine because they have one another’s company.

    I don’t think you’ll have to worry about losing his spotlight of affection to another feline. If he ends up adoring her (most do), he’ll still crave human affection as well. if anything, you may end up with double cuddle time since there are two kitties!

    One thing to consider if you’ve never introduced an additional cat… I’d recommend keeping them separate for a few days or even a week until your current kitty can adjust to the ‘intruder’. He’ll probably growl, hiss, and make you feel like you made a horrible decision, but they will grow to become friends. One thing to do to help is introduce their scents to each other before they even see one another. You can use a towl for this… rub it on one cat, then place it in the room with the other for awhile. I read that cats rely heavily on identification by scent, and they’re less likely to protest a new cat if that cat’s scent isn’t so strange and unfamiliar. I actually rubbed some lightly scented waterless-shampoo on both our cats so they would smell more the same to each other!

    Anyway, good luck if you decide to adopt her! She’s precious. And if you have any specific questions, feel free to message me! I’m no animal behavioral expert, but I’ve got some successful first-hand and second-hand experiences to go off of.

    Post # 5
    Bee
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

    I had my first cat, Murphy, for about three years before we got the other two. He was a really, really needy, affectionate cat. He would sit on us constantly, meow like mad as soon as he heard us come home, and freak out if one of us went away overnight. If we left him alone over weekends he’d go nuts and climb the curtains.

    We sort of got the other two on an unplanned whim but it really worked out for the best. Murphy is nowhere near as needy now, because he has friends. He was super pissed that we invaded his space with stranger cats for a few days but now I think he’d be devastated to be alone again.

    We did try to keep them seperate for awhile — the fights were mainly between the two males because our timid litle girl kitty was terrified of everything and just stayed on the couch for week. We locked Marbles in the office with a litter box and food, and he and Murphy spat and hissed and tried to kill each other through the door until we came home one day to find Marbles busted out of the office and all three were hanging out warily.

    The other two were shelter cats so they were used to being around lots of other kitties but I think all three of them are happy having housemates. I say go for it!

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

    @msdragon: lol to the escapee incident! Our latest lone cat had been in the shelter for 9 months (most of her life) before I adopted her, so she was used to cats coming and going. She is seriously the most friendly creature I have ever seen. I’ve seen her run up to large dogs (who I knew were friendly but she had never seen before) and immediately begin rubbing up against them.

    So when I brought home our second kitten, I wasn’t too worried but wanted to separate them anyway. She wouldn’t let me. She raced to the carrier and began rubbing and purring against it, excited to meet a new friend. Kittens are MUCH more tolerable of meeting new felines and being introduced to new homes, so that didn’t phase our new kitten. They were fine together from the first minutes. Easiest transition ever!

    Our previous cat introduction took a bit more work and time on the existing cat’s behalf.

    Post # 8
    Bee
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

    @MissBoPeep:  I thought I’d be sad, too, but I’m not, really. Sometimes it bugs me that he doesn’t come when he’s called anymore and he doesn’t snuggle up on the bed but then I think about how awful I felt leaving him alone all day at work and I feel better.

    Murphy snuggles with Mr. Dragon more than me, now. He wants to sit on his lap when he’s playing video games and lie on his stomach when he’s watching TV. I think maybe it’s because I usually have a laptop so there’s no room for him with me! He still snuggles, though.

    Maggie is a ridiculous snuggler and will ignore anything that might be in her way in pursuit of love. She is definitely our most affectionate kitty. Marbles will snuggle if you pick him up, place him where you want, and pet him, but the second you take your hand away he’s gone.

    They don’t really like to be affectionate with each other that much, so we still get a lot of affection! They hang out with each other more for entertainment and fun.

    Post # 9
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    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011 - Spring Grove Park & St. George Banquet Center

    Aaaaaand now I want to get another cat. Must resist Petfinder or I’m doomed.

    Post # 11
    Bee
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

    @MissBoPeep:  Ah, see, we specifically considered getting another cat because poor Murphy hated being at home alone so much! πŸ™‚ I still think it’s nice for cats to have a friend, though.

    The ages of the cats does really matter, too! Like Mrs. Bunting said, kittens seem to be the easiest to acclimate because they aren’t involved in any kind of pecking order yet. Ours are around 1, 2 and 4 (the shelter cats just have estimated ages) and I know the young one tires out the old one pretty fast. πŸ™‚

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @MissBoPeep:  That kitty is so freaking cute!! My situation is kind of reverse. Our cat is extremely friendly and needs to be around mommy & daddy all the time!! Sometimes its too much and we are seriously considering getting a cat she can play with and not be lonely. Maybe you can get the second cat who is a bit more outgoing/friendly(needy) so you still get some kitty love πŸ™‚ good luck!

     

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had my cat for a year before our second cat decided to come live with us. Boo showed up on our door step ( a very young barely 7 week kitten) and never left. The kitten would hiss at our other cat ( who is a VERY large cat) for about 3 mnths before they became best buds. My Lover Boy is a great father figure and def showed Boo the ropes of being an indoor outdoor cat:) I love my two cats and can not believe the good luck I have had to have two amazing animals that are so sweet and loving!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I got my 2 cats as kittens (Connor & Murphy) & they are brothers so they were used to having each other around. When I brought home a new kitten Lacey (they were about 1 year old) they hated each other. The brothers started hissing & attacking each other & trying to attack the new kitten. I think Murphy may have tried to protect Lacey from Connor because he was on the hunt which may have been what all the fighting was about.

    Before bringing Lacey home, they never hissed or fought each other. After a few days it calmed down & now everything’s back to normal. However, I looked up things when my cats hated each other & read other stories where sometimes cats are never the same after bringing home a 2nd cat. For months after getting Lacey, Connor (the one in my avatar pic) who used to ALWAYS purr & cuddle with me on the couch, greeted me when I came home (litterally ran to me when I came through the door), avoided me. It broke my heart. He did that for weeks, months maybe & then one day he started doing it again. Now he’s back to his old self. 

    It can be challenging where it takes months for them to get used to each other. Some cats will start marking or not being friendly with you anymore. I was told by someone on WB to get an older girl cat if you have a boy cat. Other cats are fine with new cats. My cats only took a few days to adjust to each other, then a few weeks to adjust back to me.

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Get the kitty!  How can you say no to that sweet face? πŸ™‚

    I don’t have any practical advice because I only have one cat but I will say that animals are extremely adaptable.  It might take your kitty some time but he’ll come around.  Our cat is very shy and a total scardy cat.  We just moved and it took him a LONG time to get used to it.  He hid under the covers for a week.  But now he’s come around as if nothing was ever wrong.

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