Wants to Hug Hose Bunnies
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
One is the lonliest #
When we were first getting Baby Girl, a lady said, you should always get them in 2's because they get so lonely with out a friend. I thought, "This lady is trying to sell us another cat." When we went to the Humane Society instead of getting a cat from the crazy lady, and when I asked there they said cats are more solitary then other pets. (But they also told me her sneezing was normal and definatly not an upper respitory infection and we found that was wrong the hard way so...)So we have had Baby Girl (or StinkButt) since June. She is actually the lonliest cat of all time.
I read an article (I thought here) about cats being lonely and depressed, how all they will do is lay around. Then I watched this program about teaching cats tricks(still working on sit), hiding treats in a ball- hiding the ball- and letting the cat hunt it(she got of this really quick), and about introducing cats that are older. The older the cat the harder it is to introduce another cat, but sometimes they will take to kittens.Through some internet searching I have discovered that cats like to have a friend. My cat is so lonelyshe greets me like a dog and yells at me for running out to get gas. She sits out side of my shower some mornings and meows unless I open the curtain so she can see me. I mean most days she is home alone for 2 hours, and on long days like 6-7 hours.
So ray and I agreed when we move in March/April we'd get her a friend. But as of now- I mean I can barely leave the apartment to go to my Mom's for dinner if Ray is at work because she makes you feel like the biggest jerk in the world. We just got her "setteled" from the crazy kitten period, but I think we are going to get her a friend soon in the next month or 2 because I cannot stand it. I play with her all the time, but as soon as you stop playing she plops down and looks at you like your a horrible monster for not running back and forth with the giant string.She has toy mice, toy balls, scratching post, beds, baskets, boxes all kinds of stuff but she just hates being alone. i don't want to wait until we move because
1. I cannot stand the sad eyes.
2. I don't want to wait too long and her reject her new "brother or sister."
3. Since we will have to get some new furniture when we move I'd rather a kitten destroy our bedspread or old nasty loveseat we have now.
All signs point to her getting a friend as a good thing, I have started reading about introducing cats. Ray kept saying No, No, No, but then we talked to a woman who has 5 cats and their reactions to each other when she got them and I think sooner is better then later. When Ray even slightly agrees I know it is in the bag. Sorry rambeling moment.
What do you all think? I figure this way the cats will be 6-8 months and God willing they can grow old together. Does anyone have any big reasons they think this line of action might be a bad idea? Does anyone think Baby Girl will reject,resent her new family member? Any feedback would be apreciated.
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