Should I get a kitten for company?

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  1. nasimi77

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    I'm trying to decide if I should head on down to my local pound and allow my heart strings to be tugged and take home one of these precious little darlings. The decision for true animal lovers like me seems obvious enough, but the deal is I already have a cat (about 4years old now) that I just adore. See, he is here, all by himself...and while I'm off during the summer he's just absolutely loving it! He's my little shadow, it's quite adorable. However, as the school year looms closer, I'm worried about him being by himself. Thus, wondering if I should get a kitten. Questions: The cat I have now is male, should I get another little male cat, or female? (yes, my cat is fixed) I'm thinking male, because boy cats IMHO are much sweeter! Also, if any of you out there have had any experience with introducing a new kitty with one you've had a while, please share. Espec if you live alone like me, but I don't mean to exclude those who have a house full of folks living w/them either. :) I also realize getting another pet is more food to buy, a trip or two to the vet, etc. However, I think it can be worth it!
     
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  3. MissFrizzle

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    Hey Nasimi,

    My answer would be YES!. Cats are wonderful. However, if you get a kitten and you are gone a lot of the time, I think it would be a tough call. I'm curious as to what the others have to say


    I love you avatar!;)
     
  4. nasimi77

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    MizzFrizzle: I hear what you're saying about getting a kitten and being gone. However, I have heard of folks who've done so before. I have a little over a month before school starts, so if I do this I should prob do it soon!:eek:

    Hey, I dig your avatar as well!:D

     
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    We got a kitten at the beginning of the summer and it had worked out well. Now we have three total and so it changed the dynamics just a bit. The two older cats are 8 and 10. I think that when we got our second cat, it really, really helped our first cat not to be so lonely. Now, they will groom each other and lay around in the sunshine together. They accepted the new kitten with no problem and have enjoyed a kick of energy with all the playing he wants to do. BTW - they are ALL males!

    I do encourage you to go ahead and get one so he can get used to everything before you have to leave him when school starts.

    Good luck! :)
     
  6. Grammy Teacher

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    Get a male kitten. We have male cats, neutered of course. We have had more success when getting a kitten than another adult. The cutest thing was when we got this tiny white kitten and introduced him to our old black cat, Eddie. At first Eddie just stared and ran away. When he was sleeping, the little white kitty would sneak up and inch his way closer and closer. Before long, Eddie was 'mothering this kitty.' He would wash his head, smashing it down with his front paws and licking his head till it was soaking wet. Another cute thing was when he would sit on the back of the couch and let his tail hang down the back. He would switch it back and forth for the kitty to play with! We've never had any luck taking in another male adult cat. Kittens have worked out well though. A month might be enough time to make sure they are safe to leave alone. It takes a while, but is well worth it. Be prepared for the messier litter pans and of course a bit extra food. It's worth it though.
     
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    Hmm, I fostered a mother cat & her 4 kittens. My Cat hated the whole experience! She hated the mother cat & the babies. It's the only time I've heard her growl.

    She refused to use her litter box in the basement, we had to move it upstairs. For a good month after they all left she refused to go to the basement.

    Maybe it was because the basement is where she went to escape from the dog? The dog & cat get along much better since that experience though.
     
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    I firmly believe in animals in two's... I would say yes...although maybe an older kitty that needs a home could work too. Good luck!
    (I just love cats!)
     
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    I have found that "usually," two males cats get along better than two female cats...much like us women! We get all "catty" and everything, where as males tend to roll with it. Our cats get to go outside here and right now they are all bent out of shape because the neighbors have been letting their Persians out to play. The old cat, Eddie won't even go outside if they're out there! So funny.
     
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    It depends on the cats. We brought a male into our house. He was 4 or 5 weeks old. The older two cats are fine with him, and my cat Crash was fine with him. Than everything went down hill when I brought Gabby home. Crash went nuts. She couldn't handle another cat. NOw she gets along with none of the cats.
    My mom's older two (brother and sister) think Gabby is there baby. THey clean her still (and she is now 4 yrs old). Tucker who is six yrs old plays with Gabby. I really think it just depends on your cats personality, if he is going to accept another cat into the household.
     
  12. Irishdave

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    GET A DOG AND HERE IS WHY

    WHY DOGS ARE BETTER THAN MEN
    1. Dogs do not have problems expressing affection in public.
    2. Dogs miss you when you're gone.
    3. You never wonder whether your dog is good enough for you.
    4. Dogs feel guilt when they've done something wrong.
    5. Dogs don't brag about whom they have slept with.
    6. Dogs don't criticize your friends.
    7. Dogs admit when they're jealous.
    8. Dogs do not play games with you -- except fetch (and then never laugh
    at how you throw).
    9. Dogs are happy with any video you choose to rent, because they know
    the most important thing is that you're together.
    10. Dogs don't feel threatened by your intelligence.
    11. You can train a dog.
    12. Dogs are already in touch with their inner puppies.
    13. You are never suspicious of your dog's dreams.
    14. Gorgeous dogs don't know they're gorgeous.
    15. The worst social disease you can get from dogs is fleas. (OK, the
    *really* worst disease you can get from them is rabies, but there's a
    vaccine for it, and you get to kill the one that gives it to you.)
    16. Dogs understand what "no" means.
    17. Dogs don't need therapy to undo their bad socialization.
    18. Dogs don't make a practice of killing their own species.
    19. Dogs understand if some of their friends cannot come inside.
    20. Dogs think you are a culinary genius.
    21. You can house train a dog.
    22. You can force a dog to take a bath.
    23. Dogs don't correct your stories.
    24. Middle-aged dogs don't feel the need to abandon you for a younger
    owner.
    25. Dogs aren't threatened by a woman with short hair.
    26. Dogs aren't threatened by two women with short hair.
    27. Dogs don't mind if you do all the driving.
    28. Dogs don't step on the imaginary brake.
    29. Dogs admit it when they're lost.
    30. Dogs don't weigh down your purse with their stuff.
    31. Dogs do not care whether you shave your legs.
    32. Dogs take care of their own needs.
    33. Dogs aren't threatened if you earn more than they do.
    34. Dogs mean it when they kiss you.
    35. Dogs are nice to your relatives.
    AND MAYBE NOT
    HOW DOGS AND MEN ARE THE SAME
    1. Both take up too much space on the bed.
    2. Both have irrational fears about vacuum cleaning.
    3. Both are threatened by their own kind.
    4. Both like to chew wood.
    5. Both mark their territory.
    6. Both are bad at asking you questions.
    7. Neither tells you what's bothering them.
    8. Both tend to smell riper with age.
    9. The smaller ones tend to be more nervous.
    10. Both have an inordinate fascination with women.s crotches.
    11. Neither does any dishes.
    12. Both fart shamelessly.
    13. Neither of them notice when you get your hair cut.
    14. Both like dominance games.
    15. Both are suspicious of the postman.
    16. Neither knows how to talk on the telephone.
    17. Neither understands what you see in cats.
     
  13. Irishdave

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    OK OK SO YOU ARE A CAT LOVER

    Why Cats Are Better Than Men
    Cats keep their opinions to themselves.
    Cats don't criticize your mother.
    Cats never question how much you're eating.
    Cats never claim they know how to fix larger appliances.
    Cats understand the importance of beauty sleep.
    Cats are happy to let you drive.
    Cats always look good first thing in the morning.
    One good purr can be worth a thousand words.
    Cats don't complain when you get a short haircut.
    Cats love it when you go shopping.
    Cats never return the gifts you get them.
    Cats are able to keep the romance alive.
    You can let a cat out at night and it always comes back.
    Cats are never late for dinner.
    You can put a name tag on a cat if it shows signs of wandering.
    Cats keep your feet warm.
    Cats are furry things that are nice to look at.
    Cats don't have a Mother-In-Law.
    The only bottle cats hit is the milk.
    A cat always hits the litter box.
    Better chance of training a cat.
    No matter what your cat drags into your house, you don't have to pretend you like it.
    You never have to spend time with your cat's mother.
    If you ask enough times, a cat may actually listen to you.
    A cat purrs when you serve him dinner.
    It's okay if a cat rubs up against your best friend.
    You don't have to worry about your cat turning into a pig when you host a party.
    A cat knows you're the key to his happiness... a man thinks he is.
    If a cat jumps into your lap, a little light petting will satisfy him.
     
  14. Grammy Teacher

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    Well that's the best thing you've ever posted, Dave.
     
  15. Irishdave

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    WAIT I DID A PRAYER THE OTHER DAY!
     
  16. Irishdave

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    As a kid one year we had 3 cats all give birth with in a week's time
    we went from 4 cats to 22 ! Tiger was the male (but not the father of any) his sister Fluff, Fluffy, and
    Blacky
     
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    Nasimi77:

    Our Siamese cat, Mai Ling is 16.5 years old. She was a wedding present to us from my cousin (my daughter picked her out).

    When she was 4, we bought an Australian shepherd, Gini.(First time I have EVER purchased an animal!). Following a bit of hissing and getting to know one another, they decided to get along just fine.

    Eight years later, Gini died of kidney failure. I never realized that animals mourn until then. Mai Ling wandered the house, especially at night, looking for Gini and Yowling. Not only was it hard on the ears, it was heartbreaking.

    6 months later, I adopted a black and white (tuxedo) female kitten, whom we named Sadie Lucille. Sadie was to serve two purposes: to help my husband get over his grief (Gini was a daddy's girl) and to help Mai Ling, too. Guess what? Sadie ended up being a mommy's girl! She is my cat all over! However, Mai Ling, now almost 13 years old, grudgingly accepted Sadie.

    2 years pass, and our daughter (who lives in a different town) showed up one evening with a birthday present for her daddy. It was a 3 month old Border collie (female) that we named Maggi. The cats put up with her (she is beneath their dignity, I think). Maggi doesn't care, she still tries to herd them and to play with them, especially Sadie. Some times Sadie will be sitting in the middle of the floor with a long suffering look on her face, while Maggi has half of her head in her mouth whild she cleans Sadie's ears! Maggi is definitely a daddy's girl, and she (and her exuberance) finally allowed my hubby to get over the grief over Gini's death. All of our girls are spayed. Yes, all girls. My poor hubby, he's the only male in our house! When we are not home, Maggi stays in her crate, no problem. The cats have the run of the house, and I have never had a problem because of that. If I could make one suggestion, it would be to get the cats declawed before, as in my case, they are too old for the vet to use anesthesia on them!

    Sorry it's so long... just had to share :hugs:
     
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    I wish I could get a kitten for my dog, Maggy, because she LOVES cats, but my mean landlord almost didn't let me even have Maggy. I'm going to try to buy a house in about 8 months, so then I can have a menagerie! :D
     
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    My step daughter's Dog, DeeOhGee, has become MY dog with everyone out of town (kids at grandparents and wife working in Phoneix) it is just she and me. She sleeps all day under my desk, at my feet.
    Tonight it thundered the first time in her life and she came running and jumpped up in my lap and hid he head under my chin!
     
  20. Grammy Teacher

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    I'd love to have a dog, but I would be the only one taking care of it...so will stick with the two cats until a needy one shows up at the back door!!!!!!
     
  21. Grammy Teacher

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    Was it for me????
     
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    Did/Do you need one?
     
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    I have 2 cats and a dog. We got the male kitten first. when he was about 4 months my puppy came along. Then 8 months later we got another kitten, this time a girl. They all get along very nicely. The two cats really keep each other company. I highly recommend getting another 1.
     

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