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I want to get a second cat

post #1 of 15
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Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster. I have a male cat and he's a little over a year old. I would like to get a kitten but I'm affraid how my cat will react. He's been fixed but he's never really been around another cat before. Would I be better off getting a female kitten, or another male? Thank you in advance.
post #2 of 15
Welcome to TCS!!! It really doesn't matter if you get a male or female! You'll know when the riht one comes!!!
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ive heard that its best to get a kitten of the opposite sex of your current cat and I was wondering if anyone has found this to be true/false?
post #4 of 15
Welcome to TCS!

I adopted my little female kitten at 12 weeks when I had an existing 4 year old male. They get along great...they play, snuggle and share food bowls, water bowls, toys and litter boxes It really depends on the cats as individuals more than the age and sex of the cat in my personal experience...consider things like activity level, affection-giving and the way your current cat treats his territory

Good luck, and again, welcome!
post #5 of 15
I found that when I got Gilbert both of my girls HATED him!! But I just let them sort it out between themselves and now they all sleep together and stuff.
It was a hectic few weeks though.
I think it really depends on the cats personallity rather than sex as my girls are not very nice to other cats as a general rule. (Oh how I love them)
post #6 of 15
My personal experience has been that, if everybody's neutered/spayed, a boy and a girl will get along fine...

And a boy and a boy will, too, once they decide who's in charge...

But two girls together is trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with C and that stands for CATFIGHT!
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
My personal experience has been that, if everybody's neutered/spayed, a boy and a girl will get along fine...

And a boy and a boy will, too, once they decide who's in charge...

But two girls together is trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with C and that stands for CATFIGHT!
mine are all girls and they don't fight...
post #8 of 15
I have 2 nutered boys....but I don`t think the sex matters nearly as much as that they are both fixed. Mine are about the same age though....and I`m not sure if that makes a dif or not.
Linda
post #9 of 15
I have 3 boys and 5 girls. I think the personality of the individual cat is more important than the sex.
post #10 of 15
I had one male cat, added another male cat, and then another male cat. I didn't have any problems.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
My personal experience has been that, if everybody's neutered/spayed, a boy and a girl will get along fine...

And a boy and a boy will, too, once they decide who's in charge...

But two girls together is trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with C and that stands for CATFIGHT!
It has nothing to do with the gender of the cats, it has to do with how you introduce them, how long you keep them apart, and even at the beginning it can go wrong if you carry the new cat into the house in a carrier or in your arms past your resident cat. Your resident cat should not see you bring a new cat or kitten in the house. It just goes easier that way. I have 14 cats- 5 boys and eight girls and no major conflicts
post #12 of 15
Buffy and Willow are 2 girls and they get along well, too. However, they do have their moods and thats when they fight, and man, do they fight! No flying fur (most of the time) but all I can think of when they fight is something that's a mixture of childish squabbling (slapping paws in a paddy-cake-paddy-cake type of way) and a grumy woman pmsing, lol
post #13 of 15
Either gender should work equally well. I would recommend getting a kitten who is 4-8 months of age, though, so he is past the really hyper stage and less likely to offend your resident cat with bad manners! :-) This should make the introductory period go much more smoothly.
post #14 of 15
two of my three girls have much more catitude than my three boys. in my opinion nuetered boys are much more affectionate. i think your kitty will be very happy getting a companion and it doesn't matter what sex they are.
post #15 of 15
I have three girls, whose ages correspond to their longevity in my home -- the oldest one is also the one I've had longest, and so on. The younger two get along fairly well although they occasionally dust up. The oldest one is distant from both and would prefer they disappear. LOL All three are rescues, so that's not happening.

The middle one is fairly aloof, so she doesn't arouse much animosity from the oldest one. However, the youngest one is only about 9 months old, so as you can imagine, she spends most of her time tormenting and bedeviling BOTH her "roomies."

Like hissy, I tend to think the personality of the individual cats -- along with spaying/neutering -- is more important than the gender mix.
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