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post #1 of 16
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Ok, I did not know where to post this so hopefully this is the right area. I would like everyone's opinions about adopting another cat or not. I am sure a lot of you have read my posts about losing my precious Marbles on Aug. 3rd.
So my question is with his sister, Snickers. She had pretty heavy mourning over him being gone but is now eating well again. She really misses her playmate though. We have Tosh and Oreo but Tosh is 12 and is not playful and Oreo is about 5 and a bit over weight so also not playful. Snickers has been having spastic times of chasing through the house and just going wild. She never did this when Marbles was alive cause they would wrestle with each other. So all that being said, do you think it would be a good idea to adopt another cat around her age who has some energy? I have heard both people saying not to adopt another cat too soon after the lose of another cat and others say it is good to do it right away.
I am also still trying to heal over my loss as well. I love all my kitties but Marbles was extra special. My husband is thinking that if we wait too long to adopt another cat that Snickers might become inactive by then. Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
post #2 of 16
As I always say "Everybody loves a baby." We adopted sophia at 5 months (she looked younger) for Gette, my 4 year old, but apparently Jiggy (my 3 year old) loves her more and just dotes on her. she's now 10 months old but still is a kitten to me. I just love to squeeze that baby!!! She sure livens up the house, too!!!
post #3 of 16
My deepest condolences to you and your loved ones over the loss of your sweet Marbles -- what a lovely little face! and I know he must be terribly missed. The decision of whether to adopt or not is intensely personal, I know; but I ALWAYS try to adopt again after a loved one goes over the Bridge, as the best tribute to them I could think of! and to save another deserving and precious life. So my personal advice would be by all means, adopt, and as soon as possible. What do you think?
post #4 of 16
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Thank you. Yes, we are leaning that way too. I just want to make sure we get the right one. Oreo hissed and growled for the first week of us having Marbles and Snickers. She had not seen them face to face yet, just smelling them under the door. But many kitty treats, love and not to mention a couple extra pounds on Oreo (thus the double stuffed) she adored Marbles and still does snickers. She bathes her and curls up with her.
post #5 of 16
There's always that period of adjustment when strangers meet, isn't there? You sound like an old hand at Cat Intros 101 -- that's what the pros tell us to do and it works! Snickers and Oreo, eh? I'm sensing a trend here...and Tosh? Well, doe he feel left out? I guess "Reeses PBC" was already taken when the names were given, eh?
post #6 of 16
It sounds like Snickers is definitely looking for a playmate. I think the "waiting" period is more for the owner than the other kitties. I think a lot of owners try to replace their baby with a cat that looks similiar, then is disappointed and even more upset when the new kitty doesn't act like their angel.

If Snickers is used to playing with someone her age, then I think it would be a good idea to find another kitty. I'm not sure how old she is, but if she still has the "kitty mentality" which seems to last through the first 2 years, she should make friends with another cat pretty fast.

The other cats may take longer to accept a new one, but they might suprise you. There's a void in their life too.

The question is, are you ready to bring a new cat into your home. Not as a replacement, but as a new being to be loved for himself. If you are, then go for it!
post #7 of 16
...yes, calico2222 is so right. And umm, errr, this is The CAT Site, after all -- d'ya really think anyone on here is gonna say, "Oh, no, don't adopt another cat."????
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
There's always that period of adjustment when strangers meet, isn't there? You sound like an old hand at Cat Intros 101 -- that's what the pros tell us to do and it works! Snickers and Oreo, eh? I'm sensing a trend here...and Tosh? Well, doe he feel left out? I guess "Reeses PBC" was already taken when the names were given, eh?
Yeah kind of funny. With Tosh (he is 12 years old), my husband got him as a kitten a month before we were married. Well he was told that HE was a SHE. I figured it out before getting "her" fixed. Tosh was about 3 months old and we had been calling him Natasha...Tosha for short. So when we figured out he was not a girl we did not want to confuse him by changing his name so we dropped the "a" at the end of the name and figured Tosh had a masculine ring to it As far as Oreo, we adopted her from a shelter when she was about 9 months old. They already had her named Oreo and we just kept it. Snickers...well she just looked like she had the colors of a snickers bar. I might have been hungry at the time Anyway, that is our name stories. Aren't you glad you asked
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
...yes, calico2222 is so right. And umm, errr, this is The CAT Site, after all -- d'ya really think anyone on here is gonna say, "Oh, no, don't adopt another cat."????
Well, ok...I didn't exactly but I was wanting to know if anyone had a good reason if we should wait awhile or not.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
If Snickers is used to playing with someone her age, then I think it would be a good idea to find another kitty. I'm not sure how old she is, but if she still has the "kitty mentality" which seems to last through the first 2 years, she should make friends with another cat pretty fast.
The question is, are you ready to bring a new cat into your home. Not as a replacement, but as a new being to be loved for himself. If you are, then go for it!
Snickers will be two Sept. 25th. As far as me, I think I am ok with it. My DH and kids are really wanting another. I know I can't replace Marbles. He was my baby and he was unique just like the other cats I have lost in the past.
Thanks for your advice.
post #11 of 16
Actually, I am, thanks! Thought Tosh might have been named in tribute to the great man, the late, lamented Peter Tosh. Now I know the story!
post #12 of 16
Since the one has so much energy and the other two do not want to play, it would be good to get another energetic kitten to join the family - maybe one around 6-8 months old and spayed/neutered.
post #13 of 16
When I see you talking about your cat named Tosh, for some reason I keep thinking about that one movie...

Van wilder, the rise of tash!


Don't know why!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
Actually, I am, thanks! Thought Tosh might have been named in tribute to the great man, the late, lamented Peter Tosh. Now I know the story!
Nope, sorry it was not in tribute of him though that would be an easier way to explain his name...not more interesting but easier
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
When I see you talking about your cat named Tosh, for some reason I keep thinking about that one movie...

Van wilder, the rise of tash!


Don't know why!

Funny
post #16 of 16
i tend to think i'm not ready yet but a new baby always surprises me how much i actually am..of course it is extremely personal and up to you..but i have always been pleasantly surprised in the past.
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