Last month unexpectedly, our oldest cat (7), Max, passed away and it has been tearing me up inside, especially since we don't know how he died. All we can think of is that it had something to do with his heart and/or lungs since he was very obese and we could never get him to lose weight no matter what we tried over his entire life. Even the vet ran out of ideas. He was also inbred, so he may have had some sort of congenital defect that was never discovered by our vet. We found him dead in our living room on the morning of November 17th. He had been acting totally normal the night before. I cried for a week straight after he died. He was very special to us and it has been so hard to go on without him. He would have turned 7 on X-mas day and we had him since he was a tiny kitten. He was a very large cat and he always slept right next to me, as close as he could get. Our other 2 cats loved him to death as well and greatly miss him. We have had 3 cats for the longest time. Right after Max passed away, we rescued a beautiful Maine Coon girl named Abby from the shelter and we love her so much, but she will never ever replace Max. No cat ever will. He was one of a kind and had such a Garfield personality. Today, while perusing the paper, I found someone giving away an 8-week-old kitten who looks almost EXACTLY like Max. He is even a Persian mix just like Max was. He is gray and even has the same exact white tip of his tail like Max did. We called it his "Q-tip." I have already been in contact with the person who has him, and she said that he is ours if we want him. My question is, would 4 cats be too many in one house? The most I have ever had, even as a kid, is 3. I work from home, so I am here with our animals almost 24/7. We also have a 4-month-old Golden Retriever puppy. I just feel like we are meant to have this kitten because he looks so much like Max. Am I crazy to take on a fourth cat? I just can't stop thinking about this kitten! I guess I'm just looking for opinions to help me decide what the right thing to do is!
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12/11/08 at 8:48pm