(Closed) Getting a second cat

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had our first cat for about two years before we got a second cat. We got another kitten for the same reason; as a companion for our first cat (and because they’re so freakin cute!). At first our older cat was not impressed with a new kitten and there was a little hissing and glaring. With time she warmed up to having another cat around and now they play and keep each other company pretty well. They still fight sometimes and rarely cuddle with each other.. but they have grown on each other!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yes, we had our first cat for a year and a half before getting a second kitten.  They are best buddies now.  It’s not always great at first.  There can be hissing and some scratching.  But now they are playmates for life.  I love having two cats.  It’s so much fun to watch them play, wrestle, and snuggle up next to each other.  They are like two peas in a pod.

I recommend getting a second cat.  But just be slow with introducing it to the older one.  Start out by keeping them in separate areas of the house.  Pet each cat with a towel.  Give the towel to the other cat to sniff out.  Once they stop hissing at the towel, which could be a few days, then start by letting them explore each other’s different areas of the house, but don’t let them see each other.  Eventually, let them paw at each other through a door.  Then later hold each cat on your laps in the same room.  If all is calm you might be able to let them go free next to each other.  But continue monitoring them for awhile.  You don’t want the kitten to get hurt.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would buy a cat behavior book before you do it. Cats are very territorial animals and will not get along if you quickly introduce another cat into the home-especially a male since your current cat is male. Cats also do not generally like change in their environment so a new cat will cause both of them to be stressed for awhile. Some cats are just stressed out, others will start peeing outside the box or other behavior problems.

I would read up on a slow introduction plan (which could take weeks to months depending on the cats).

We got our second cat in August and it’s been a rough thing. Our first cat is female and our second cat is male. They are not best buds and fight with each other several times a day. They basically tolerate each other and that has taken 7 months!

Don’t want to scare you, just fair warning!

Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We introduced Fuzzy to our two girls about 4 years ago and they still don’t get along with each other. It may be an age difference as the girls are 13 and Fuzzy is 6. When I go home, I normally wake up to all 3 cats in my room growling hissing and snarling at each other. 

I also read that introducing a kitten to an older helps the older cat to live longer since playing with the new kitten makes them feel younger.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had our first cat (Kiddie) for a little over a year when we found our second cat (Eddie). We were out walking our dog when he chased a cat up a tree. We felt bad so we put tuna at the bottom and the next day while Fiance was taking our dog out he saw the little paw prints in the snow. He got the cat and kept it in the security office and ran upstairs to ask me if I wanted it. I did (of course) but we were nervous about introducing him to our first cat. For the first night we kept Eddie in a separate room because we werent sure if he had any worms or fleas and we didnt know how they would get along at first. Then we took Eddie to the vet and they gave us some information on how to introduce your cat to a new cat. We were very diligent about following their guidelines at first, but they wanted us to take about a week to get the cats gradually used to each other. We couldnt bear keeping Eddie in a separate room most of the time so after like 2 days we just let Eddie out with Kiddie while supervised and since they were immediately loving each other (after the initial puffy tails and a little hissing) we were not worried about leaving them alone. Some cats are very social and some cats are not so much, but the thing about cats is they usually like to have a playmate. Our cats dont always hang out or love each other – but cats are very independent as Im sure you know. They fight and play here and there and then sometimes they sit there licking each other for a while or snuggling with each other. You should definitely get a second cat because having 2 cats is just plain awesome!!! (I have 2 cats and a dog and I still want more so I might be biased!!)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

By The Way – both of my cats are males (neutered OF COURSE) and they are about the same in age…we know Kiddie’s exact age but since Eddie was a stray for probably the first year of his life were not exactly sure how hold he is

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We introduced a new cat back in December.  Honestly, it took until a few weeks ago for them to really get along.  Our other cat was very aggressive.  (This might be different for you because you first cat was a boy and they are less territorial).  Here is a helpful article I used to get our cats acclimated.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s a great idea for the long term but the other posters are right, the first few weeks might be hard! We got a kitty for our girl Lucia to play with while we were at work all day – and she was not keen on him for a few weeks, but after a month, they were sleeping together on the couch ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I suggest http://www.kittenrescue.org – we have gotten both of our kitties from there and for $200 the cats have had all their shots, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, dewormed, etc. and it’s non-profit. Good luck Bri! Kitties are awesome!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Cats are social creatures who don’t like to be alone, thus a playmate would be a good idea if you can work it out. In my experience, having many cats over the years, interestingly enough I noticed that females tend to be more territorial and agressive toward each other than males, even though the popular theory is the opposite in that males are “automatically” territorial and don’t get along with other males at all. Obviously every cat is different and you can’t make blanket statements for an entire species of animal when you don’t have all the facts. Whatever you decide, definitely make sure to gradually introduce the new cat to your old one. Let them hang out for 5 mins out of the day each day for the first couple days and see how they react. The rest of the time, keep them separated behind closed doors. Then a few days later, try it for a few minutes longer. Eventually, you will be able to leave them to their own devices without any supervision on your part.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t do it!  I had a similar experience to jaylii9.  Now I love both cats but the older one (who I had first) is miserable ๐Ÿ™  The little one picks fights with her all the time, and she spends most of her time hiding under furniture from him.  He chases her away from me when she wants attention.  She has issues with the litterbox.  Not a good situation, though the thought of getting rid of one of them breaks my heart.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Well, we don’t have cats so I don’t know how relevant my experience is, but we just got a new dog after having only one for a little over a year. It definitely took him (the older dog) some time to adjust, and he still has his moments of just wishing the puppy would go away, but they’re definitely starting to buddy up! They love playing together and I think soon they’ll be best friends. However, I know cats are WAY different than dogs, so I don’t know how much help that is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

yay kitty!!! it really just depends on the personalities of the cats. I have had no problems introducing my cat to my parents three cats as a new livingmate.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

We came into a teensy kitten when we already had a large older cat.  We kept the kitten in the .5 bath (seriously, it was plenty of room for him, he would get lost behind the toilet…), and then let him roam through the laundry room.  We figured if they could smell each other, but not see each other for a bit, it would help, and then there could be supervised cat-time.  I don’t remember there being any major issues introducing the two, probably because Kat was cat and kitten was tiny.

He got along great with the cat, and they would sleep on each other, and the older cat picked up some pep in his step and started trying to outdo the kitten in cuteness, which was pretty funny, considering he was an old-man type cat.  Eventually when we would let the kitten out, it grew too trusting of someone and they kit-napped him. ๐Ÿ™  Kat was pretty sad to lose his buddy.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think you will be fine as long as you take the time to introduce them. Our cat was about 2 when we got another kitten (they are both males, though when we got the second one we were told it was a female… um got a nice suprise about a month later when he was laying on his back in my lap!). We left the kitten in our bathroom with everything he needed anytime we were out of the house. When we were home we would let him out and monitor the two, if things started to get rough we would put him back in the bathroom. He would also spend the night in the bathroom. This went on for about 2 weeks. Things were still a little rough after that but we would break it up and make sure no one got hurt. The little one eventually learned that the big one was king and now they are best buds. They sleep together 90% of the time and clean each other. It is quite cute.

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