Q: Question on adding a cat to my family.
August 28, 2008 | By Marc F. | 5 answers | Expired: 2588 days ago
I recently lost two of my cats, leaving just my boy at home. He is 12 years old, so I'm a little hesitant about bring a new cat home, but I also don't want him to be alone and lonely. Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or experience with bringing a youngster home to a place with an older cat?
Thank you all for your thoughts!
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Aug 30, 2008
The decision of getting a young cat should be based on your older cat's activity level. If he is not overly playful a young cat may be too energetic. I adopted a 1 year old female to keep my 12 year old male company. Although he was glad of the company, she was way too active for him.
My personal experience has been that male cats get along with each other better than females. The girls tend to be fussy and hissy.
The most important thing to remember is to be patient, cats do not like changes in their routine. There will be some hissing and posturing until they get acquainted. Introductions should be made slowly, don't try to force them to be together.
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Aug 29, 2008
Bringing a new cat into a home where there is already an older established cat living can actually be quite difficult. The process of introduction takes a lot of patientce if you're going to do it right. My friend lost one of his senior cats and with only one senior cat left he thought it would be good to bring in a new cat for company. He adopted an easy going adult male. His current cat is an older female. She was quite distressed by the new addition and he had to keep them seperated for months. He set up a rotation schedule so that one cat was out in the house while the other was away in a room in order to reduce stress. Now after a year they are finally getting along fine which is the best outcome you can hope for. Some cats may never get along and others may simply learn to tolerate one another. Make sure that if you bring in a new cat he/she is kept separated initially. Then swap bedding so they can get used to one another's scents. Also you may want to feed them on opposite sides of a closed door or gate. This will bring the cats closer in a non-threatening way. I went through this when I got my second cat. It was difficult in the beginning but now they're best freinds. There were some mad chases and I couldn't leave them alone together for a while, but thankfully there was no growling or hissing. Good luck!
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