(Closed) Will getting a kitten help?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@SimplyChic11:  have you thought of fostering for a resuce or shelter? That is a great way to see how your cat does around another cat and see if it helps them. Try to get a longer term cat instead of a short term foster (a month or more). Short term can just be stressful and not enough time to know the interaction. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i think a second cat might actually make it worse due to dominance and territory marking issues

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We got our cat a kitten partially because we thought he was lonely, but it ended up just kind of pissing him off. They had fun when they were both in the mood to play, but for the kitten that was 24/7 and our older cat started becoming very aggressive because he didn’t want to share space.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@KatyElle:  I’ve heard of this happening. Based on personal research I’ve done, it seems it’s better to adopt a second cat that is close in age to the first cat. They will be able to connect better and will be at the same stage in life. 

Post # 8
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Newbee

Has your cat only got one litterbox? Sometimes getting a second one can help. If you get a second cat as well, you’ll definitely need more than one box. She might not like the type of litter, the place the box is, or she might have a UTI (kitties get them too!). She definitely might like having a second kitty around (We got a kitten a year ago for our 5 year old boy and it was a great idea, they love playing together, but we knew from prior experience our older cat likes the company of other cats – some don’t) but it’s probably not loneliness making her pee outside the box.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Bichon Frise:  I think if we were to ever introduce another cat, it would definitely be one right around his age. I felt absolutely terrible, because my husband and I both thought “Oh he’ll love it, a cute little kitten to keep him active and be a companion when we aren’t home!” Instead we ended up with an older cat who was constantly yowling to go outside, hissing, growling, hiding, and attacking the kitten. And a kitten who was starting to develop anxiety issues. It just didn’t at all go the way I thought it would. After a few weeks in our home I adopted the kitten out to a friend who had adopted another kitten his same age. The kitten is so ridiculously happy now without the threat of an older less patient cat, and our cat has done a 180 personality wise being the only cat. It made me realize that a lot of his aggression and peeing wasn’t due to being lonely, there were just minor changes we needed to make. We started letting him out into the yard (fenced in, no road access) in the afternoons. We gave him another litter box. We invested in hide boxes and gave him access to the high shelves via stairs. We also changed his diet.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Getting a 2nd letterbox did the trick for me!!!! She is VERY picky….pees in one and poops in the other. I also must clean them religiously. The rule is one litterbox per cat plus one…..so two cats=3 boxes.

In your case, it doesn’t sound like she’s lonely. Destructive behavior and hyperactivity usually signals that….YEP! I had that problem too! Lol I got a kitten at that point and it helped tremendously. She was too busy tormenting the kitten and being pissed off at me so she stopped breaking all my stuff!! It took about 6 months for them to become friendly, but make no mistake, older kitty makes sure younger kitty knows who is the alpha cat!!

If you do get another cat, introduce the new cat by putting her but in the other cats face. Don’t put them nose to nose in case one of them strikes. Also, put new kitty in a room with the door closed for a bit old kitty can know it is there without feeling threatened. If there is space under the door they will bat at each other without getting hurt. Then introduce them little by little but be on guard.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

In a previous post you mentioned being low on funds to the point where your own grocery budget is limited.  I would recommend against fostering or getting another cat and incurring additional expenses. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It sounds like she’s angry about being left alone more. Cats and dogs can really act out when left by themselves a lot. If you’re going to be gone a lot, i’d actually recommend getting a cat sitter to look in on the cat/play with it on a semi-regular basis. I think that will keep the cat from going to the bathroom outside the litter box.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My parents had a problem with two cats that were peeing outside their litter box. The cats were also both overweight, and I mentioned to them that my vet told me that dry food can lead to obesity in cats so they should try giving them wet food to see if their weight would go down. It did, and they also started peeing in the litter boxes. It was amazing, because these cats had been peeing all over the house for at least five years. My parents had thought it was because a neighbor’s cat was hanging around outside the house. So maybe try changing your cat’s food?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with the 2nd litter box suggestions.

I have a 6 year old cat and she had problems like your describing.  She didn’t have any kind of illness or infection, she just started going outside of her litter.  

We had adopted a kitten around the time her problems started, and although she got along fine with the kitten, she was going to the bathroom outside of her litter and I thought it was a dominince problem.  We gave the kitten to my sister but the problem didn’t go away.

Someone mentioned we get another litter box and when we did, her problem stopped.

Some cats are just really picky about their litter.  Mine pees in one and poops in the other.  It’s weird and I still think she’s an oddball, but she’s much happier having her  litter the way she wants it.  And I’m happier now that I’m not cleaning our carpet every day.

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