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Best gender to pair with a Male?

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Hi all, this is my first post here... so I hope that I'm in the right place.

I have an adorable 4 month old Tuxedo male named Teddy. He was rescued as an orphan at barely 3 weeks old. I, of course, could not walk away from him, so became his new mommy.

While I was away at school, he stayed at my apartment with me, my roommate, and her 3 year old kitten at heart, Molly. Teddy loves Molly and would constantly play with her. Now that they are separated, I've been searching for a new kitten to keep him company.

Teddy is a verrrry active little boy that loves to play. My question is, what is typically better for an existing male, a new sister or a new brother? Should they be little kittens, the same age, or older?

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I don't think there's any hard and fast rule, but my experience (and I've heard other people say the same thing) is that opposite-sex cats tend to get along better than same-sex cats. So for your little dude, you might consider getting a little girl kitty for companionship. Just make sure everyone is spayed/neutered so you don't end up with a whole houseful of cats.

It's generally easier to introduce a kitten rather than an older cat, so it may be better for your new kitty to be a kitten. Your existing cat will teach your new kitten the ropes and they'll establish a pecking order more quickly. It's certainly not impossible to introduce an adult cat to another adult cat, though - I've done it 3 times with pretty good success. It just takes patience.
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With males, it doesn't matter much - pick out a playmate of either sex that equals his personality type and activity level.

Females are more picky about who is coming in the house

Since he's 4 months old, I'd get another kitten about the same age or within a month (3-5 months old). Just be sure all kittens are neutered and spayed so you don't wind up with fights and/or unwanted kittens.

Kittens as young as 4 months can and do breed!
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