Will my older cat prefer one new kitty or two?

phish_gwJune 21, 2011

I have an older cat and we lost his brother a few months ago. I and am considering getting either one or two new cats. I've been hanging out at the humane society looking at cats who are friendly/loving towards other cats. Assuming I even get any new cats at all (I'm still debating), I'm torn about whether to get one new one or two.

One argument is that getting one new cat could give him a new friend while he is lonely. Another argument is that I should get two new cats (like 2 siblings) who will hang out with each other and won't bother him (on the other hand, groups of three never work for friendships and I would hate him to feel like the odd man out).

For anyone who has gone through this, what do you recommend? Which method (one new kitty or two) has worked out better for you?

Thank in advance for your advice.

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phish_gw

I have an older cat and we lost his brother a few months ago. I and am considering getting either one or two new cats.

If I do this, what is the best method to introduce new cat(s) into the house? We have had a number of guest dogs and guest cats visit for weekends during my cat's life and we have usually just brought them into the house and let them meet my kitty right away and soon afterwards they have coexisted peacefully.

I don't know if I should try a new method for bringing in any new kitties? I have heard things like put the new cat(s) in a seperate room and let them smell each other. I have heard things like exchange smelly blankets during this process that smell like each other so they can get used to each other's smells. I'd appreciate any tricks of the trade you recommend!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 7:54AM
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phish_gw

and messed it up

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 7:56AM
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pamghatten

I used to always have 3 cats ... they all had their different bonds with each other. Now I have four, and I think my oldest is the odd man out ... the other three are very close.

I always separate a new cat in a guest bedroom and use a screen door in place of the normal door so the cats can see and smell each other through the screen and get use to each other without a big confrontation. It works for me.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 12:49PM
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cocontom

I think the introduction really depends on your cat. Tanker and Pippen don't need a screen door, they love other cats that will accept them. Senna would like a door though. Roswell and TwoFace would prefer a gun and thumbs.

I would go with two more, but mostly because there are a lot of homeless cats out there, and if you're willing to take two, you should. I would go with one older cat (2+) and one kitten though, rather than two that are the same age to keep your old man from getting shut out.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 1:42PM
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