(Closed) Should I Get a Second Kitten?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If the question is “should I get more cats?”, my response is always yes.  I have three and though they have several years between them, they get on famously (after the first month or so) and keep each other occupied while I’m working.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

YES! Get the kitten. They should get along fine (though it might take some adjustment). We have four cats, and it’s great. My SO had 3 cats, and I had 1 cat and 1 dog. We are a big, happy family.

Post # 19
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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excitedbeeee :  http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2137&aid=2926

This is the standard advice on introducing a new cat to an existing cat.  Since they’re both kittens, you can probably fast forward the process a bit.  (When it says “for several days”, instead just ~1-2 days depending on whether they seem to be somewhat curious about each other versus purely antagonistic.)  And don’t stress!  Cats are territorial and they may seem like Milo hates him at first, but it’ll quickly get better and the company will eventually make Milo much happier overall.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Having a room for the new cat to be in on his own is best. Put a litter box, food, toys, soft sleep spots, etc in that room.

Bring him into the house in a carrier and take him to “his” room. Let him get acquainted with the room and you and your husband first while the other cat is outside the room. Eventually they will probably start to sniff each other from either side of the door. From there, see how they behave. If he is dying to get out of the room, open the door slowly and let them sniff each other. Hissing and a bit of growling is normal, but watch that they don’t get too aggressive. If that happens, take Milo out of the room and let his brother feel safe in his room alone. Keep doing this until you feel comfortable with the two of them being together.

When we brought Tico home, he wanted to get out of the room immediately. Ripley growled and hissed at him a little bit, but within a half hour they were already running around the house together. When my mom brought home her semi-feral rescue, she hid under the bed in the room they started her in for about two days. It took several weeks for her and my parents’ six-year old cat Sophie to be really comfortable together. That was in February. When I was visiting them last weekend, they were playing and chasing each other. They are good friends now 🙂

Some cats are more easy-going than others. When you meet Milo’s brother, you can talk with the shelter about his personality and the best way to introduce the two of them.

I wouldn’t stress about it though!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake

I’m of the belief that cats are much better in pairs!! You don’t always have to do major introductions & make a big to do about it especially since they are both so young.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I have a 14 year old cat and a four year old cat. We rescued my 4 year old when she was a kitten. Having he was unplanned (long story). At first my 14 year old was weird about it,  but after maybe a month things settled down. I wouldn’t call them best friends or anything, but they are cool with eachother and DH and I can tell they are grateful for eachothers company.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If you are both away a lot, having 2 cats to keep each other company makes a lot of sense.  My parents have cats, and adopted half siblings a month or two apart.  We didn’t attempt to keep them apart and everyone worked or went to school so they were home by themselves.  In fact, we kept them in a small room together when we weren’t home.  They definitely fought- and sometimes it seemed scary, but they were both tiny kittens.  They weren’t capable of really hurting each other, and within the week we came to find them both sleeping together and cuddling.  

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My husband rescued an adult male cat for me prior to his first deployment. That cat was/ is like my child and honestly, I’ve never had that type of relationship/ dependency with a pet before. But after a year or two, we began traveling a lot, I went back to school, and my husband usually works 15-17 hour days at least a few times a week. We had been talking about a second cat (we have a dog as well but the dog travels with us and goes to doggy day care). We randomly found a kitten off the highway who was almost gone but we got her vetted and loved her and she joined us on a 2,200 mile road trip home (she ironically LOVED the car ride).

I was SO anxious at how my male cat would react, and at first it was weird. The new cat is blind and a bit skittish. But honestly, she has been such a positive asset to our home! She has really improved our male cat’s quality of life as well. He now has constant company and they are glued at the hip. They eat, sleep, play, and get groomed together. I can’t imagine our house without her.

It may be weird at first. There will be an intro phase (ours lasted maybe three days?). But I’m sure it will be a great addition to your family! And don’t worry about your current cat. If he’s anything like ours, he will let you know when he wants your attention or is feeling left out 😊

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I just got a second kitten on Thursday!  Our first cat (5 years old) is kind of a jerk, haha, but we love her so, so much. I always thought she got lonely while we were gone, but I was afraid of how she would react to a new cat.  She has seen my sisters cat, and they hiss, growl, sneeze, etc.

However, I picked up a stray outside of the school I teach that I had befriended.  We kept her seperated since we were first worried about fleas, then found out she had feline Leukemia.  By day 3, she was sitting calmly by the door and not hissing when they looked at each other.  This gave us some hope.  While I was heartbroken that we couldn’t keep my new kitty friend, so many kittens were looking for homes!

We first had planned to do the whole separation thing, but the bottom of our doors are so far off the ground, that they basically were next to each other.  He also cries when he is in the room by himself for like 2 minutes.  So after day 2, we let him walk around with supervision.  She hissed and swatted, but didn’t run after him or anything.  If she looked too aggitated, we split them.  Now, they’ve been bumping noses and there has been significantly less hissing!  They also shared the bed this morning!

He, on the other hand, is so smitten by her.  He follows her around and still wants to play, even when she’s being mean.  I think if your cat is still a kitten, he will get along just fine with another kitten!  If it were two adult cats, I would suggest you set up a plan for slow introductions just in case.

Post # 26
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Newbee

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excitedbeeee : yesss you should! He’s still young so it will be easy for him to adjust to a second kitten. He will probably enjoy having a brother to run around with. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Kittens do great in pairs. If you think that someday you would want another cat, now is the time to do it while Milo is still young, playful, and would adapt well to having a sibling. We had 3 year old Rupert when we adopted a kitten and they don’t really get along because of the age difference- Pete always wanted to play and it annoyed Rupert. But if we had adopted Pete with another kitten, they probably would have bonded and played together and left poor Rupert alone! If you have a second kitten, Milo will probably be less destructive and get into less trouble also because he won’t be bored. And if you go away on trips, he will have a friend to keep him company.

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