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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have a 1 year old, spayed, tortie and white indoor cat. she is slim,small and active.

She keeps randomly biting me, when most of the time she is a little angel and a lovely, normal cat.
She is very playful and i try to play with her as much as i can.

I hear lonliness/boredom can be a cause of biting the owner and also that if you have an indoor cat you should have 2.

I live in a flat with 4 medium sized rooms (2 bedrooms, living room and kitchen), 2 small rooms (bathroom, spare room), a flight of stairs with a (small!) room at the bottom.

So i have three questions....

Should i get another?
Will they have enough space?
If so, what kind of cat should i get?
post #2 of 17
Many, many moons ago I was in your same shoes lol. I had a 1 yr old female siamese mix and she was lonely as well. I did choose to get her a companion for her birthday and it helped alot. I chose a male kitten and they got along very well and I didn't worry so much about having to be gone for the day. Sometimes I get home and it looks like they had a party lol. Just remember one thing, this is how all of us crazy cat people start, adding just one. I now have 6. As far as the room, you have plenty just read up on introductions of new kittens. Oh and I always find my new cats at the local shelter if they don't show up on my doorstep first. Breed is less important than tempermant, most shelters have an area that you can use to get to know the cat in. Good luck
post #3 of 17
If you do decide to adopt a second for company, it is a general respect to wait till dominant kitty is atleast 1 year old and spayed/neutered. It is completely possible to have a happy single kitty home, but extra attention and definitely extra time is an absolute during that first year of development!
post #4 of 17
you definitely have enough space... i have 927 sq. ft. & 5 adult cats!
most people would say get a neutered male, youngish - altho in my experience, purrsonality matters more. she's young enough to accept older or younger, imo.
post #5 of 17
I warmly recommend getting another cat. In my experience kittens are usually a bit easier to introduce, but an adult cat might work as well.
post #6 of 17
I was in a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 cats and just moved to a 1008 sq. ft. house. I am also getting a kitten in Nov. I think another Cat is a good idea. I had 6 cats for 2 weeks in the apartment because stormy died right after I got Oreo. Get one alittle younger then her so she will have someone to play with. Sasha and Oreo are a year apart and they play alot with each other.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks! So it looks like i have enough room then? yay!

I was thinking, do i get a male or female cat?

I have a feeling, i don't know though, that although Lily is quite a nervous cat, once she gets to know the new cat she may try to be quite dominant - so is it better to get a male?

Obviously before getting a new cat, I am going to have to wait until Lily gets the all clear from the vet (she is in the operating theatre right now )
post #8 of 17
sorry to hear she's in surgery
when i decided to add my 4th, i looked for a male [had 3 females already, 1 being alpha] that was 'laid back' & non -dominant in purrsonality. Chip integrated quite easily into my household. Cable still whacks him or hisses at him at least once a day, just to make sure he still knows she's the of the house, tho.
he & Firefox [my newest addition] get along quite well - he sorta adopted her [foundling...].
i'd look for a youngish, non-dominant cat - male if available, but if the cat can get along well w/other cats, that's a good thing.
gosh, i hope that all made sense - i'm falling asleep while i'm typing!
post #9 of 17
Sounds like she would like a playmate. I would look for a younger kitten - 4-6 months old - a laid back male who is neutered. Females tend to be more territorial and take longer to accept any new cat, especially another rival female.

It may take a few weeks or months to get everyone to adjust, so be patient and take it slow. The newcomer should be in a room by himself with litter pan, food, water. Expect hissing and growling for awhile and don't interfer.

After 2-3 days switch cats - put her in his room, let him run around supervised for a few hours. That way they can get used to each other without face to face.

Next step if things seem ok, is to put him in a carrier and let them meet face to face - again there will be hissing/growling. When they seem more curious, let the kitten out and supervise them together. Unless they really are into a wrestling match, leave them alone. Be sure to clip both cat's nails before you introduce them face to face

You can sprinkle them both with cornstarch baby powder and rub it in to smell the same or put a dab of vanilla extract on their chin and base of tail.
post #10 of 17
My older cat (14) has always been so accepting of other cats, I just got lucky I guess.
Anyway, until recently, she has always had other cats around, but when I moved, it was just her.
I live in a travel trailer though.
I ended up trapping some feral kittens (all three female) and after watching her while I had all three here, I decided I was going to keep one.

She doesn't seem to care what age, gender or evergy level, as long as they don't invade her personal space unless invited.
She even plays with them and acts like a totally dorky little kitten.

You have plenty of room, and most cats really do like having one of their own species around.
post #11 of 17
It does take some work to introduce two cats and it won't happen the day you bring the new cat home. Just take it slow and they should be fine.

I have a female adult (1-2 yrs old) and got a 12 wk old neutered male kitten last month. They get along just fine now. I had them separate for about a week and took it really slow.

It's nice, though, because they entertain each other. Especially at night where my older cat used to meow and jump all over my face. Now at night they have run of my whole apartment except for my bedroom and they just play with each other instead of my face
post #12 of 17
I would recommend a younger, laid back male. At least that formula has worked out really well for me. We got them the same day, but they weren't together. It took a bit of adjusting, but now they're the best of friends.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the advice
I guess after my little kitty is better (she is currently recovering from surgery to remove a fibrous lump - they had to remove a LOT of surrounding muscle from hips/leg/tummy area too - that was the result of her being allergic to cat gut that was used during her spay. she is being kept in a cage for 12 days, elizabethan collar and a tube into the wound to let the serous drip out..poor lil Lily ) i will be phoning my local shelters to let them know i am looking for a male young cat to get along with my Lily! Exciting, but I will be very careful to make sure my Lily's wellbeing and health comes first over the new kitty. If it doesnt work out, he'll just have to go back...
post #14 of 17
I hope your Cat feels better.
post #15 of 17
Hold it. Let's back up a minute.

Was Jenny biting you as she was playing, or was she experience over-stimulation biting?

Cat Biting

If the former, then a companion might help. If the latter, maybe not so much.

And did this biting start when you first got her, or is it a new thing, or did it start after her spay surgery?
post #16 of 17
Also, from the sound of her surgery she will need quite some time to recover. When she goes back to have her stitches removed tell the vet what you are planning & ask his advice about Lily's rehabilitation.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yeah, she bites me as a play thing.

I know the signs of biting from stroking too much etc because she gives me that 'look' and i just stop, or she gets up and walks away. she never gets aggressive when i'm actually stroking her.

What she does A LOT which drives me mad is stalk my legs and bite me behind my knees, which REALLY hurts!!! ...Also she jumps on my face when i'm lying in bed and attacks my hair, and when i'm sitting on the sofa or at the computer, or on the telephone - she attacks my legs and bites them. I thought these were signs of boredom (i DO play with her at least 30 mins a day when she is well) ...or does she just hate me?

Yeah we are going to wait until Lily is completely better, and next time we go to get her penrose drain out (hopefully tomorrow night!) I'll bring it up with my vet and ask his opinions
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