We are thinking about adopting another cat who is only one. Would this be to much on my senior cat??

Hello, I have a question. I have had my two cats since they were born, about 7 months ago we had to put down our beloved shadow. We now just have his litter mate bubba he is 11 yrs. old. We are thinking about adopting another cat who is only one. Would this be to much on my senior cat??

 

Hi, It's a tricky question and it's a common one. It depends a lot about Bubba, does he seem to be missing Shadow or adapting well to life on his own? Sometimes cats come out of their shell when they are on their own and don't have to compete for resources like cosy spots, food and cuddles. If Bubba is fit and well, it is worth considering getting a young kitten as although they can be more playful/boisterous to begin with they are more impressionable and so it can be easier for the resident older cat to put them in their place. New adult cats might be set in their ways or have limited experience with other cats and it can be harder sometimes to get them to integrate. At the end of the day it will come down to the two cats' personalities and experiences in life.

The biggest thing you can do when introducing a new cat/kitten to your resident cat is not to rush the process. Introducing the cats to each other too quickly could cause a lasting bad first impression that may never be overcome. Just because a cat has lived with other cats in the past, does not mean that they will accept a new cat, especially if you have recently lost one of a very close pair of cats within the last 6-7 months. Do not force this process… go slowly and calmly. I have a great step by step handout on how to achieve this if you would like further help just email me jo@thecatvet.co.uk

Best wishes

Jo Lewis BSc BVMS (Hons) MRCVS - The Cat Vet

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