Should you let new cats fight?
Never let the cats “fight it out.” Cats don’t resolve their issues through fighting, and the fighting usually just gets worse. More hiding spots and perches will allow your cats to space themselves out as they prefer. Don’t try to calm or soothe your aggressive cat, just leave her alone and give her space.
Can a female cat get along with a male cat?
Even though this has not been my experience, female cats may not get along as well with each other. I personally believe that gender, other than as a personal preference of the guardian, is the least important consideration when it comes to choosing a good match for your resident cat.
Can you have more than one cat in a family?
Some cats will bond like that, others will get along but may not ever become close friends, and some cats are confirmed only cats who will never accept a companion. While there is no guarantee that two cats will get along, there are things you can consider when adding a new cat to the family.
What should I look for in a cat companion?
Consider your resident cat’s temperament. If you have a timid cat, she would probably do better with a laid back, calm, mellow cat. A dominant cat will most likely do better with a self-assured, calmer cat.
Can you have two cats of the same gender?
Two cats of the same gender is typically not advised if you want to have an easy time as well. But we weren’t about to turn the new cat away – it’s not as though we had much of a choice.
Do you get a male or female cat?
Choose a cat with a complementary personality. One who is out-going and friendly but not on either extremes of the personality chart. Male or Female? As for whether to get a male or female, many people have believed for years you should get a cat of the opposite sex.
Can a female cat be a companion cat?
There are female cats who come into the shelter who are wonderful with other cats, and there are males who refuse to like other cats, so always ask a staff member or volunteer about a particular cat you’re interested in! When you’re adopting a companion cat, it’s important to let a volunteer or staff person know about your resident feline.
When is it time to get another cat?
If your older cat is happy, comfortable and content, carefully think about whether the stress of having to adjust to life with another cat will really be of benefit or not. If your adult resident cat is playful, healthy, sociable and energetic, then a kitten might be a good choice.