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Adding a second cat

May 24th, 2006, 01:04 PM
I currently have a 10 month old male cat. I am starting to think that I may want to add a second cat eventually.
But I have a couple of concerns...
I live in a small 1 bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, is there enough room for a second cat?
If I do get a second cat should it be male or female? Or does it matter?
Lastly, is it better to get a kitten? My friend's vet told her that if she ever does get a second cat it should be a kitten so that there is no dominance issue. What do you guys think?

Lucky Rescue
May 24th, 2006, 01:13 PM
Here's my advice, FWIW:

Your place is certainly large enough for two cats, but you need a place to keep the new one separate and do introductions properly, especially if your cat has been isolated from other cats all his life.

I would suggest a kitten IF your cat were older, but a little kitten is not a good idea, since your cat is also young and playful and could hurt a kitten.

I would personally get a younger male - 5 or 6 months old - who has already been neutered so there is no "tomcat" smell to upset your cat. Males play rough and you need one big enough to hold his own.

Get an easy-going one who is used to other cats.

Here is an article on introductions. Of course you can change it according to how it's going!:)

May 24th, 2006, 01:33 PM
That is a great article. I am tempted to get another for sure. And I will need to convience my boyfriend that it is a great idea too.

I am also lucky in the sense that Max is pretty laid back himself. He has yet to meet another cat (except at the shelter when he was a kitten), but has meet a couple of dogs and has not been to bothered by it. I regret not adopting his brother at the same time, but hey I cannot go back and change this.

I was also wondering if I could get an older male cat, like a 2 year old as there seem to be a lot of those at are local shelter. Some of them have been there for over a year.

Lucky Rescue
May 24th, 2006, 01:51 PM
I was also wondering if I could get an older male cat, like a 2 year old

Sure, if it's another laidback male who is good with other cats, but make sure it's neutered and has been neutered for awhile. Don't want a cat coming in and beating up yours!;)

I have a 4 year old male and he gets along just fine with younger boys.

Have you seen this cutie at FOAP in Ottawa? He sounds adorable!:)

May 24th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Thanks for all the information. I am not completely sure that I am ready for another right away. But I know we are thinking about it. These answer will help us make a more educated choice.

Thanks Lucky Rescue for your help. :)