Originally Posted by boffster
Hi, i already have a female cat who is (so my husband says) about 10 yrs old, she's quite nervous and a bit moody and i'm getting a kitten in about 4 weeks old. What i wanted to ask was is it best to get a male or female kitten? Charlotte gets very jealous anyway and can go off in a huff if she does not get attention and i have been told that a female kitten will fight for territory but a male will be fine...I'm confused...help please
Honestly...I'd get 2 kittens. A 10 year old cat is very set in it's ways...and a kitten is like asking an adult to take on a baby. Some really enjoy it....most don't.
My Older cat needs a kitten to liven him up!
In general, adopting a kitten (1Â½ years or younger) as a companion for an older cat ( 5 years and older) is not a good idea. A youngster has boundless energy, wants to play and run constantly, and requires very high amounts interaction--all of which are likely to overwhelm and irritate an older cat in short order. Likewise, a kitten is apt to be frustrated that its companion does not have the same energy level as itself. At the very least, this can lead to two very unhappy cats. Worse case scenario, behavior problems such as litter ox avoidance or destructive scratching can occur as one or both cats act out their frustrations on their surrounds. Long-term, it is almost certain that the two will never have a close, bonded relationship, even after the kitten matures, since their experience with one another from the beginning of the relationship are likely to be negative. An older cat is better matched with someone of their own age who has similar temperament. Likewise, kittens as a rule need other young cats to play with in order to be happy. If you insist on adding a kitten to a household that already has an older cat, at least get two--this way they will entertain one another and the older cat can participate or not depending on its mood.