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Old 08-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Getting a feline friend for Shreddy

I have a 16 year old tom cat, Shreddy.

Tonight he was desperate because he couldn't interact properly with a very pretty cat who came to the patio door.

I think he really misses having feline company. It's been almost five years since his previous roommate, Sucha, died.

I would like to get a rescue cat as a companion for him. A kitty companion would have to stay here on a trial basis, to make sure they get along. We are concerned about possibly traumatizing some poor rescue cat that has already been traumatized.

What should I ask about when I go to a shelter to look for a kitty?

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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Shreddy is a beautiful cat!

Just be very up front that you have a 16 year old cat, the other cat must be other kitty friendly. Do you want a kitten or a more mature cat?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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I know at our shelter you can bring your pet in, and they have a meet and greet with the whole fam damily in a separate room. They encourage you to bring whatever pets and kids you have, and will bring in whoever you've selected.

What a sweet thing to do for Shreddy, Taxy!
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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TaxLady--the rescue group that took my stray kitty has lots of cats/kitties looking for homes. A rescue group will have a better sense of the cat's personality than the shelter (I hate to say that). Why don't you contact a local cat rescue group and offer to foster a cat? That way, if the cat isn't Shreddy's "soul mate" you are not committed to keeping it but you can do a good thing in the meantime? With your setup, you could always confine the foster cat to your lower level where your office is, give it cuddles, etc., but if Shreddy doesn't like it, the two would not have to interact while you are fostering it. And, fostering cats is ALWAYS something that is needed. Too many cats, not enough foster or fur-ever homes.
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with a 16 year old male, i'd go with a kitten.

another adult cat would cause territory problems for both of them, but he (hopefully) will treat the little one as one of his own.
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I don't know if cats are like dogs, but bringing a puppy in when you have a sr. dog can be the WORST thing ever to do. The sr. can't take the antics of a puppy....and a puppy has puppy license until it is about 5 months old.
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I don't know if cats are like dogs, .

nope!

cats rule, dogs drool.

dogs have masters. cats have staff.
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with a 16 year old male, i'd go with a kitten.

another adult cat would cause territory problems for both of them, but he (hopefully) will treat the little one as one of his own.
I agree with this Tom...I am thinking the older cat would take the little one in and care for he/she
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I would suggest a Female, and a young kitten ... As he is accustomed to dominating his turf as he is 16.

I am inclined to agree with Tom.

Beautiful fellow,

Lots of luck in your endeavor.
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I disagree with you. I have had puppy foster dogs with older dogs. The older dogs were tormented by the puppies. Mind you, my sr. dogs were mostly females. And, as I have said, dogs might be different, but being able to tolerate the younger animal's antics may tax the sr. pet. It depends on both animals. Some are more tolerant of the young than others. I can tell you that Myrtle has absolutely zero maternal instinct when it comes to the chicks. She beelines and pecks them relentlessly.

I have discouraged friends from getting puppies when their dogs have been in their twilight years. The friends have wanted the sr. to teach the puppy things--whereas the sr. dog has had enough trouble living day-to-day.
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