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Q: Cat compatibility

March 13, 2009 | By Glassterne | 10 answers | Expired: 1945 days ago

Glassterne

I know this question has been asked many times, but I was wondering if people have noticed a pattern in which personality types in cats get along the best?
I have a shy kitty, who is outgoing and friendly around us, and visitors once she gets warmed up to them. She is kind of a scaredy cat. Doesn't like loud noises, or maintenance men (loud boots!)
She is active, asks to play at least twice a day. Constantly follows us around like a shadow. She's about 3 years old.

She has lived with other cats before, but they weren't ideal situations.

So what do you think? What kind of personality would work best with her personality?

Also, I've heard that getting cat's with different genders helps decrease some of the conflict between them...no idea if that's true, but suggestions are welcome. ^_^

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Bellacat3
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Mar 13, 2009

I disagree with some of the answers on here. Your cat will probably do best with a young cat that is between 10 months to 2 years of age. That way you will already know the size of the cat, its personality, and hopefully its dominance level. I agree that you need to get a cat that is well socialized with people and cats already. Sometimes a male cat is great and in other situations a female cat does better.

You didn't state the color of your cat. The shelter were I volunteer tries to match similar colored cats together. The idea is to match her with someone that smells like her and might have been a similar color as a littermate. So a black cat would do great with another black cat or a black and white cat or a brown tabby. While a grey cat would do best with another grey cat, a grey and white, or a grey tabby. Orange tabbies get along with just about any color as do cream/buff colored cats.

Good luck and I hope that you choose to rescue your next cat from a local humane society. Introduce the cats slowly and keep it positive. Great friendships take time to develop a month or two is common.

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Blackkat932
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Mar 13, 2009

From personal experience I recommend getting a kitty of the opposite gender like you already mentioned in your question. I found it to be helpful in the ultimate goal of them getting along. I took someones else's advice, & now I'm passing it along to you. Best suggestion would be to get a friendly, outgoing (not too rambunctious though!) male under the age of one (who would allow your kitty to be the boss hopefully!) Of course it helps if they're both "fixed" already in any case, & don't just throw them together right away. They need time to "smell" each other's presence, so they should be kept in separate rooms for a few days at least. Exchange items they've slept on so it'll speed up the "getting used to the new smell" process (especially if it's an item you've used so they'll associate it with you too) It's a slow process but well worth it when the end result is a happy home! Good luck!

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Danielle H.
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Mar 13, 2009

I have two cats and i think male cats have a better temperment then females that can be aggressive at times. One of my cats is like yours however he will come to people and then just leave for the rest of the day and my other cat is a pure lap cat which I love. They get along great!

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