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post #31 of 44
- that is a very near future picture of our two Ocicats - Charlie is 11 lbs and Jackie Sparrow is 8 lbs!
post #32 of 44
Not every cat of a specific breed will behave as expected. Bijou is only vocal when my husband is around and Bijou wants to go outside. Bijou is smart enough to know that I won't let him outside but my hubby used to so he still tries to convince hubby to let him out.

Bijou and Mika loved to sleep cuddled together during the day, but at night Bijou sleeps curled up with me and Mika with our daughter (Mika is our daughter's cat). I am another advocate for 2 cats.

I also believe that cats pick you and not the other way around. Spend some time at a shelter and the cat that is right for you will find you and you'll know it immediately.

My next cats (if I live that long) will be from a shelter. Bijou was my dream kitty and now that I'm living that dream, if Bijou pre-deceases me, I would give a shelter kitty a chance next time.
post #33 of 44
What you need are two Abys!
post #34 of 44
Hi,

I'd say go visit a cat show and talk to the breeders present there, then go to your local shelter and have a look at the cats there (or vice versa). You'll either fall in love with a kitty on the spot or know which breed you really want.

Alternativly- why don't you simply foster for a local rescue group? Sooner or later you'll stumble across that special cat you simply can't re-home anymore

regards,

christine
post #35 of 44
I am the owner of two Siamese cats. One of them (the female) is extremely vocal. At least once a day, if not more often, she will wander up and down the hallway meowling at whatever she yowls at. She likes it when you talk to her while she is meowing. She always talks back. My other cat (the male) meows very rarely, and only when he feels he has something very important to say. Both cats are very affectionate. We acquired them both as kittens, at the same time, and they are bonded to each other. They sleep together sometimes and bathe each other, and play together regularly. However, they are also EXTREMELY bonded to my husband and I. The female does her own thing (usually sleeping) a lot, but once or twice a day, sometimes more often, she will climb up into my lap or my husband's lap or between us on the bed and purr up a storm, kneading biscuits with her paws on whatever surface she can reach. The male doesn't like to be picked up, but he follows us wherever we go. We can just wander through the apartment aimlessly and he will follow us from room to room, and jump up into the air to "bunt" our hands when we hold them out to him. He purrs almost every time we pet him. The female does not like strangers until she has met them a few times (so not on their first visit) and the male cat is very friendly, allowing practically anyone to pet him and sniffing everyone's shoes. They also love to play!

So basically what I am saying by telling this story are these things:

Getting two cats or kittens together should not, in my experience, diminish the bond that they will have with you. Instead, it will give you two cats who love you instead of just one.

Siamese cats can be very affectionate and friendly. Particularly with two cats, they are very good at entertaining themselves when you are busy or away, but they also enjoy your petting, attention, and playtime.

Also, in my experience, having two cats is not much more expensive or much more trouble than having one cat. Also, it is twice the fun and silly antics.


If you want to get a purebred cat, it really would be a good idea, in my opinion, for you to visit a cat show in your area. If you live in or near Boston, you will probably be able to find a CFA or TICA cat show fairly easily. At the cat show you can meet many different types of purebred cats as well as breeders of these cats and find out a LOT about what types of cats you might be interested in.

However, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with visiting an animal shelter and adopting from there. Rescued cats are very very special. The attitude and temperment of a purebred cat isn't always guaranteed, any more than the personality of a child would be the same as its parents every time. If you adopt a cat or cats from an animal shelter or rescue/foster facility, the volunteers there will generally already have an idea about the personalities of the cats. They will be able to tell you which cats there are not too aloof and want affection, have short coats that don't shed too badly, and are social enough to want to spend time with another cat (and therefore entertain themselves), and aren't particularly loud in the meow department. The volunteers will know about the cats there and will be able to help you find the perfect kitties for you.


Good luck with whatever you decide!!!! I hope you stay at The Cat Site and show us pictures of your new kitties when you decide and bring them home. We love cat pictures!
post #36 of 44
I will second two cats are easier than 1. I have 3 girls and one boy.
Pre breeding days we had 2 cats. I got one when I went in the military (Angel) whom was a kitten we adopted from an elderly lady who had an oopsy litter out of Maine coon and turkish Angora. Anyhow, he was too clingy to us. We loved him but he was lonely and we knew it. So we went to the shelter and got him a buddy, a black solid 8 month old poly girl. She was more Angels buddy than ours but she was still the purr queen and so my point is, there are different ways of 2 cats together but most often 2 is better than 1.

Angel wanted the attention and was jeolous of anyone else getting it while Sid enjoyed angel but still came around. It wasn't overwhelming, Angel wasn't as lonely nor destructive, he played with Sid who was older and calmed him down and it worked well.

Now we have Rajjah and Zenny (my one boy) who are like a married couple. Gladys and my youngest girl Bluebell are bonded. All 4 want attention but they can amuse themselves without overwhelming us and tend to just do a kitty pile. lol.

Daisy
post #37 of 44
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Wow , I will think about getting two cats instead of one. You all have very nice experience with two kittens.

But still since it will be my first cat I am in favour of a single kitten. Is it a good idea to bring the second cat after sime time I get my first kitten?
post #38 of 44
I think it's good quite getting them at the same time. I got a kitten in 2007 that I kept isolated from my other cats - I didn't think it was doing her any harm but at the start of this year I put her in to live with 2 of her daughters and it's amazing how much happier she is now. I think most cats really enjoy other cats company.

ETA: The cat I am talking about is Flutterby - who you can see below in my signature
post #39 of 44
I would get them both at once, you could get one purebred and one shelter cat around the same age.

The only problem I have with owning more than one is my lap is not big enough for them all at once!
post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by Amateur View Post
Wow , I will think about getting two cats instead of one. You all have very nice experience with two kittens.

But still since it will be my first cat I am in favour of a single kitten. Is it a good idea to bring the second cat after sime time I get my first kitten?
I don't know. I can see how you would be hesitant, since it is your first cat, but I think it would be alright for you to get them both at once. Actually, it might be easier, since the two kittens would keep each other company when you were away and would not be lonely.

However, we have one member here (Lawguy) who rescued one little kitten and about a month later adopted another kitten to keep his first kitten company, and both of his kittens have bonded very well and love him to bits. So surely it is possible to adopt one and then later adopt another.

You will have to go with what seems best to you. Who knows, maybe when you visit the cat show or animal shelter, you will find two perfect kittens or only one. You will just have to go look!
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by Amateur View Post
Wow , I will think about getting two cats instead of one. You all have very nice experience with two kittens.

But still since it will be my first cat I am in favour of a single kitten. Is it a good idea to bring the second cat after sime time I get my first kitten?
Hi,

if I were you I'd try to get both cats around the same time. Simply because a little kitten is 100% made for play and miscief and and I think its sad if a kitten doesn't have a feline play mate, especially if you're thinking of having two cats anyway.


I really like the idea of getting one shelter kitty and one from a breeder

You may consider getting two boys or two girls- for one boys play a bit wilder so they tend to get on better then a mixed duo and even more important: you can wait a bit longer with having them neutered because there'd be no fear of an unwanted pergnancy

By the way- have you looked into how to recognize a good breeder?

Two kitties aren't more work then one, as they can keep each other company and are so much fun to watch .

regards,

Christine
post #42 of 44
I've got 3 cats, all at different times - their ages now are 3 years, 2.5 years, and 2 years. I got the eldest one first as a kitten, then the middle one when he was a kitten and the eldest one was an older kitten verging on cat-hood. The youngest one I got at 1 year old.

I know some people have tales of joy about introducing cats, but every single one of my introductions, despite following good advice and despite the cats being still young, has been a complete nightmare and in each case it has taken weeks if not months to settle down and copious amounts of Feliway and Rescue Remedy, which ain't cheap.

I have sworn that in future I will get kittens and introduce them into their new home together rather than introducing into another cat's established territory at a later date. I NEVER want to go through it again, and none of my cats have enjoyed the experience either, at least not initially - and it's just not worth the hassle unless you really have to do it that way.

Getting 2 at the same time is an absolute breeze in comparison - cats are very territorial, and once one owns a particular space there is always that risk of major upset.
post #43 of 44

I just adore the sphynx breed, I have 3 two queens and the lucky stud, In my opion you cant get a better bred, but they do need alot of attention!

post #44 of 44
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I just adore the sphynx breed, I have 3 two queens and the lucky stud, In my opion you cant get a better bred, but they do need alot of attention!

Note that this thread is almost 2 years old.
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