I have been looking for a cat for awhile. I wanted my present cat to have a new friend. I wanted to get an adult cat. I really do not have the time for a kitten and I know there are alot of older cats that need a home. I found one she is 10 years old and has been with same family for her whole life. They can't keep her because there having a baby soon. I was thinking about how stressfull a new home for this cat may be because of how long she has been with her owners. What do you think? any suggestions on how to make the transition easier on her?
That is a touchy one. ...mainly because cats are territorial, the other cat entering your cat's home will not be welcomed, likely. But, sometimes they do surprise you...i have had two cats for 3 years and introduced another kitten into the home . They were not happy at all...they growl, hissed and treated the other cat as an invader. That was approx a year ago, now they all have a healthy respect for each other. I guess all you can do is keep a close eye on the two cats to see how they react and give each one their own space to keep the peace...good luck
cats by nature are not social creatures. they do not need nor crave companionship as dogs do. they can be very territorial also. i know many people who have multiple cat households and their cats get along fine or they ignore one another. when i was growing up we had 2 cats that never got along and would fight every chance they got. one lived upstairs and one downstairs or locked in my bedroom.when my husband and i got married and moved to an apartment my cat and his did not get along but they didn't fight. they gave each other space and co-existed. when we moved to our house and my cat passed away we adopted an adult from the pound. 1 year later i brought home a kitten. for the first 3 weeks my adult cat hissed,and attacked the kitten. i thought i would have to return the kitten but 1 day i came home and they were curled up sleeping together. so you just never know. it helps if the new cat comes from a multi cat household so you know he is exposed to other cats and you may have a better chance. good luck.
is the cat from a shelter, and can they give any advice on her temperament? if not, you may be better off finding one that had lived with other cats, or one in a shelter that is housed with other cats and does okay. i think cats can really appreciate a buddy, but not all of them do and they are territorial.
Its so hard to say. You said you want to get your cat a friend--but your cat may not want a friend. I had a female cat that had lived with my parents and got along great wtih the 2 male cats there. Once I had her, I thought she might be lonely after being used to 2 other companions so I got another cat--she was horrible to it--so bad that I had to take the cat back as it had a submissive nature and was scared to death. Then a year later I decided to try a kitten--thinking my cat might accept it better. I got a male thinking the problem wtih the last was that it was a female and an adult. I was wrong--she was brutal to the kitten--biting it and making it bleed. About 5 days after we got the kitten, my cat disappeared (as a result i now have indoor cats) I looked everywhere and never found her but suspect that she moved in to a house a couple of streets over. The new kitten that I had gotton was very sweet and seemed lonely so eventually I got another cat and the 2 of them get along great-- so it depends not only on the individual cat--but also the situation--as like I said my initial cat got along fine with cats at my parents but not at my house.
I have been talking to a family that can't keep her. They say she gets along with other cats, but I think she has been the only cat for awhile. They said she also has a pretty outgoing temperment she is not shy at all. They said she might have been part dog in a past life. I am kind of worried about my cat because he has never lived with another cat. I just thought it would be good for him to have another cat, but from the advice he may not want a friend. I never have looked at it that way. I thought I could help the cat, but the family is willing to take the cat back if it does not work out, so that is good.
"I hate cats. I live in the country and they eat our chickens and bunnies we shoot them. I don`t have any advice for you but have you looked at any shelters? There are lots if cats there. " I have no comment but this i grew up in the country and we always had stray cats along with mountian lions and bob cats, Why shoot them?? They will run away if you even get with in 10 feet of them. You know they have to eat too!!!! Would you like to get shot everytime you had to eat??? If you don't like them killing your chickens and bunnies try putting food out for them then they will stop killing and start eating the cat food!!! It's not that expensive just go to the dollar store and buy a cheap big bag!!!!