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Thinking of getting another cat.

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi, I am new to this forum and would like to say that the place is looking good

Ok, I have a cat that is about 3 yrs old and is used to just being around us humans....I've had him since he was a kitten and he's been fixed. I feel sry for him because I can't always give him the attention that he would like. For example if im in class or at the gym and he is by himself alone in the house, or when I am sleeping(he seems to want a lot of attention at bedtime). I was thinking of getting another cat to keep him company, but I don't know if that is really what he wants....I can't read his mind so I dont know if he will become depressed or happier. And I don't know if they will get along

If I got another cat it would be a kitten...and I don't want my cat to feel like the new cat is the new center of attention,
Can anyone give me some advice ??
post #2 of 28
Hi Sus, welcome to the forum. I can't really give advice, cause I'm new here too, but you've definitely come to the right place for advice - these guys are great!
I also recently got a kitten companion for my older female cat, still waiting to see if they're going to be big pals.
post #3 of 28
Patches is 3 years old and we just got our kitten Alley on
Halloween - at first patches diden't like her but that diden't
last long before they were playing and snuggling together
post #4 of 28
Nef is somewhere in the area of about 6 years old and Domino is 8 weeks. As I said in my other post "Psycho Kitty" they were actually playing this morning. But Nef's still seems mad at me - ignore, ignore - and she seems to have stopped hisssing at Dom at least.
post #5 of 28
I'd say get a young kitten of the opposite sex. Zoey and Saki hissed a bit at first but within a week they were best friends As long as you do the introduction process correctly, you shouldnt have any problems.

Do a search here on introducing your cat to a new cat and you'll get lots of suggestions!
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Oh yeah and by the way, is there anyone from montreal that has kittens up for adoption??
post #7 of 28
Why dont you check your local shelters? Or petfinder.com?
post #8 of 28
It is the best thing you can do for your cat !! I had one and felt guilty all the time whenever he was alone, then I got Charlie and they became best buddies. Best thing I ever did.

Nature Pet Store on St Jean's on the West Island is a very good pet store. I got Charlie there and never a problem with him. I also know people who got their cats or dogs there, and they have a good reputation!
post #9 of 28
I think that getting a second cat is a wonderful idea. If you decide to do this, please, please, please introduce them carefully, so that they will be likely to get along. Please click here to read about how to do a successful introduction of a new cat to a resident cat.
post #10 of 28
I am considering it too. Maybe after I get Reggae spayed. I don't know if I'll get a cat or a kitten or if my lil apt can even accomodate 2 cats.
post #11 of 28
Hi I am from montreal and you can contact the Animal Rescue network, they are a no kill shelter and have many young kittens and cats for adoption, which includes spaying/neutoring and first vaccines. Call them and they will contact you...
check out their site!

http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/


oh, and just make sure to give as much attention to your first cat if you get a kitten, and your first cat will not feel that loss of attention...

having another cat I think would be great for your first cat, they really do keep eachother company! and they end up getting along, it is so much fun to see them interact!
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
Ok update on my above post....

Well I live in an apartment and when I went into the garage to go to my car I saw a cat run across and hide under a car, I ran upstairs to get my carrying cage and some temptations. Then I placed a trail of temptations that led into the cage and he came out and I gently picked him up by the skin on the top of his neck and put him in the cage. He started crying almost immediately, and I brought him upstairs into my place and left him in the cage. The cat was a little older than a baby maybe about a foot in length if it was walking. Then my cat came over and smelled the cage and started growling and hissing, my cat wouldn't let me touch him he was in this "mode". The other cat got so scared that it pissed himself in the cage and I brought the cage in my room where my cat followed me. My cat was really pissed off that I brought this cat home, it was a nice looking cat, very clean and looked like it had previous owners. It was very skinny tho. Then the cat in the cage started getting mad and flipped out in the cage, so I brought him to the spca because I couldn't find anyone that would want him. I also talked to my superintendent and she said she's never seen it before. But I am so glad that I did not buy a cat, because now I know that my cat just wants to be the king of the house.
post #13 of 28
um yikes. Well, you cant base it on this experience only. There WILL be hissing and growling the first day.. up to even the first week! You need to follow the introduction process exactly for it to work out. And personally I would get a young KITTEN of the opposite sex. Are you sure that cat didnt have a home? How sad.
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by Sicycat
um yikes. Well, you cant base it on this experience only. There WILL be hissing and growling the first day.. up to even the first week! You need to follow the introduction process exactly for it to work out. And personally I would get a young KITTEN of the opposite sex. Are you sure that cat didnt have a home? How sad.

Well i am very sure that it had a home by the way he looked but was very scared and was probably running on the roads trying to hide from cars and people. I felt really bad for him, im sure he had a good home...and now he's at the spca , and if nobody adopts him or the owners dont report him lost and get him they will put him to sleep
post #15 of 28
Why would you take him to the spca?? Why not just let him back loose where you found him.
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Sicycat
Why would you take him to the spca?? Why not just let him back loose where you found him.

Becasue it was an indoor garage and could of gotten run over and he was super skinny and dehydrated. He would of died that night or the next day.
post #17 of 28
Hmmm, you should have kept that kitten. There will almost always be some hissing and growling when you bring a new cat into the home. Your older cat is just letting the new one know who is boss. They will eventually settle down. When you do get a new cat, you should keep it locked in another room for a few days. They will check each other out through the space under the door and get to smell each other's scent. After a while, your older cat will accept the new one. Is there any way you can get that kitten back?
post #18 of 28
For sure it takes time for 2 cats to become friends. I found a cat on the highway after my 2 cats were 4 years old. After being at the vet for 8 days, he came home with me. Boy,,,, was there ever hissing and growling !!! I kept them separate for a couple of weeks or so, and then things were fine. Also, the new cat has to adjust to your house and your cat.

I would never have taken the third one to the SPCA. Why don't you go back there and get him, and try it out again with your cat.

It really does take patience, but it is worth saving that cat !!!!!
post #19 of 28
I would have never taken the cat to the SPCA! it could have been somebody's pet, you should have put flyers up and waited a couple a days to see if anyone lost their kitty, it could have been an indoor only kitty, a lot of people keep kitties without telling their super.
also for future info, as others have already said, this was not the way to properly introduce the cats. What cat doesn't cry when put in the carrier? especially an unfamiliar one with another cat's scent, and by an unfamilar person too! You really needed to give it more time! The new cat should have also, in my opinion, been checked by a vet before meeting your other kitty, a new kitty need time to adjust to you and your home and accept another cat, expecitng this to happen in what sounds like a few minutes is unrealistic!!!

If I were you I would go to the SPCA and get him back and try it properly! Please save this cat, you took him from the garage, and the cat deserves a fair chance if it isn't already too late! If you need help we will guide you along the way!
post #20 of 28
I agree 100% with what Cookie said !

Please go to the SPCA and try to save him
post #21 of 28
I'm from Montreal and I'm with .Lucky Rescue

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We deal with the rescue and placement of abandoned cats and kittens.

And DEBGCL, I just have to say no one should be buying kittens at Nature Pet Center!! These kittens (and puppies) come from mills and backyard breeders, and financially supporting them by buying these animals defeats everything rescues try to accomplish. Taking kittens to the Montreal SPCA is also not a good option, as these kittens are adopted out INTACT.

Right now we have a few kittens desperately needing homes. Two of them were left in a cardboard box on the vet's front steps. If you want a kitten, please consider adopting a homeless one, and not buying from pet shops!

Right now I am fostering a kitten who was dumped, starving and scared, in the cold. She is about 10 weeks old and is very very sweet and well behaved and she loves the company of my adult (ex-feral) tomcat. Her name is Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell.
post #22 of 28
patc just for your info, the Spca includes neutoring/spaying and first vaccine in their adoption price. and they are trying to do the best they can with all the animals that are brought in. They also do fostering. So I wouldn't discourage someone getting a cat from there, or rescue organizations, if they want to save a cat or kitten.
post #23 of 28
I have one cat who I have tried to have other cats with and they ALL wound up attacking her because she is so meek. She lives happily alone. However, I live in a downstairs apartment in my P's home. They have my oldest cat and so I went and got another one for me. It wasn't too long and I realized she spent alot of time alone. I tried having her with my oldest cat, but it didn't work.

Still feeling bad for the newer, second cat, I finally decided to try a cat with her and leave my oldest cat out of it altogether. After a week in bathroom, switching bedding,and switching places with the other cat, I let the new cat out of the bathroom after 10 days (she had a spay surgery and so I kept her seperate longer than usual). This brand new kitty has all her claws and my other cat has NONE!! My clawless kitty hissed and swatted at the new kitty, who just dodged out of the way. Now they chase each other all over and mock fight (all in good fun). Lily seems happier that I brought home another cat although initially her nose was out of joint.

I say go for it!! More cats need good homes.
post #24 of 28
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Originally posted by Suspower
Well i am very sure that it had a home by the way he looked but was very scared and was probably running on the roads trying to hide from cars and people. I felt really bad for him, im sure he had a good home...and now he's at the spca , and if nobody adopts him or the owners dont report him lost and get him they will put him to sleep
I'm sure that you felt that you were doing the right thing by your actions. I'm not here to judge you or tell you what to do. But I do have a few suggestions.

If you feel that it is a lost cat, then please, put up flyers around the neighbourhood and get the cat back from the SPCA before the deadline is up.

And when you bring two cats together, there will be hissing and growling and they will decide that they don't want anything to do with the each other. It all has to do with their territorial instinct. They don't like to share. Think of it like sibling rivalry.

It can take many months before two cats will accept each other. It's a process that requires patience and more patience from your part. The timetable is for them to set and decide. You're merely there to look after their needs and play with them.

And even when you decide that you trust them to be in each other's company without bloodshed, there will be the occasional hiss or growl. How else do cats communicate their unhappiness?

Here is a link that is well worth visiting. It's about introducing cats. It is Part One of a very good article and full of useful and handy tips to try. (The link to Part Two is provided at the end of Part One.) And if they all don't work, there's plenty more that are suggested by the members of this forum.

I'd like you to Meet...Introducing Cats By Mary Anne Miller
post #25 of 28
We decided that our older cat Smokey needed a friend because we felt guilty leaving him home alone. At first, things were kind of hectic. Nick was 8 weeks old. After a few days, they were ok with each other. They started kind of slowly, but eventually Smokey was giving Nick baths and they were sleeping in the same bed! It takes time to introduce a new cat. Watching them together now after being together for almost a year, I know that we made the right decision.
post #26 of 28
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patc just for your info, the Spca includes neutoring/spaying and first vaccine in their adoption price. and they are trying to do the best they can with all the animals that are brought in. They also do fostering. So I wouldn't discourage someone getting a cat from there, or rescue organizations, if they want to save a cat or kitten
Yes, I know about the voucher system, and it's NOT working. Too many people are not getting the s/n done, if the huge numbers of unwanted and dumped cats is any indication.

I don't see anyplace I told anyone not to ADOPT from the SPCA. I said that TAKING unwanted or stray kittens there is not a good option,as they will either end up dead, or adopted out intact. I encourage people to adopt from the SPCA, or from our rescue, or give out numbers for other rescues if we don't have what someone is looking for.

I said that people should not get kittens at **pet stores.**

Just wanted to make myself clear!
post #27 of 28
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Originally posted by patc

I said that people should not get kittens at **pet stores.**

Just wanted to make myself clear!
Why?
post #28 of 28
People should not get kittens at pet stores for the same reason they should not get puppies there.

These animals come from puppymills and backyard breeders. Do you really want to encourage this kind of "business"? Every time someone pays an exhorbitant price for one of these puppies or kittens, the miller and bybers churn out more.

If everyone would stop buying these animals, these people would be put out of business.

If you want a purebred cat/dog, go to a reputable breeder, and please consider adopting from a shelter or rescue. Don't support millers and bybers!
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