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Old 05-29-2018, 10:46 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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As I said in my post when I adopted Sophie, I had not raised a kitten in a very long time. And while Sophie is precious and smart and I love her madly, I think she is lonely for a playmate other than me. My older cats despise her and her playfulness and I'm constantly on guard . Which means they have to be kept apart and no telling how long. Meanwhile I can't play with Sophie 24/7 and I don't think I fulfill what she needs as a playmate. The shelter where I adopted Sophie,Molly and my dog Kip are having a month of FREE adoptions on cats and they are overloaded w/kittens right now. I was thinking to go tomorrow and adopt another kitten.
What do you guys think? Pros and cons??
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Whenever I have adopted kittens, I've adopted them in pairs, starting with my first two, Mabel and Satay, from the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society back in 1991. I actually went to the shelter to get one kitten, but these two tiny kitties were playing together and so I went home with two. It was actually a great decision because they kept each other company while I was at work. They moved with me to Michigan in 1993 and then to New Hampshire in 2002; Satay died at 14.5 and Mabel at 16. They were amazing kitties and I will always be grateful to have had them in my life.

I've only adopted a couple of cats when they were adults, and they were one at a time. (One was a very senior kitty when I got her, Pudgie, and she died a few years ago; the other one, Quinn, was probably 6 or 7 years old and is now 11 or 12. I still have him and he is still a total love bug.)

I got a kitten from a work colleague in December 2016 just 3 months after I lost my 8-year-old kitty Einstein very unexpectedly. (Still hurts to write that. ) I was NOT planning to get any more cats, but I was having a HORRIBLE time with Eini's death and my colleague happened to be fostering some kittens. I named the one I got Jack; he was probably about 3 months old when I got him. My next-youngest kitty at the time was 8-1/2 years old so I thought Jack needed a companion. I was supposed to get a 2nd kitten from Jack's litter, but life happened for my colleague and things got complicated, so I ended up adopting a kitten from my local Humane Society as a companion for Jack. Her name is Chloe and she was semi-feral but is (mostly) a sweetie these days. Still tiny and fearless (she had a rough start to life). She and Jack hit it off from day one and still play together and chase each other all over the house a LOT. I am VERY glad I got two kittens!

I think you know where I'm going ... get the 2nd kitten! And, of course, POST PHOTOS!
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Old 05-30-2018, 04:50 AM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Whenever I have adopted kittens, I've adopted them in pairs, starting with my first two, Mabel and Satay, from the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society back in 1991. I actually went to the shelter to get one kitten, but these two tiny kitties were playing together and so I went home with two. It was actually a great decision because they kept each other company while I was at work. They moved with me to Michigan in 1993 and then to New Hampshire in 2002; Satay died at 14.5 and Mabel at 16. They were amazing kitties and I will always be grateful to have had them in my life.

I've only adopted a couple of cats when they were adults, and they were one at a time. (One was a very senior kitty when I got her, Pudgie, and she died a few years ago; the other one, Quinn, was probably 6 or 7 years old and is now 11 or 12. I still have him and he is still a total love bug.)

I got a kitten from a work colleague in December 2016 just 3 months after I lost my 8-year-old kitty Einstein very unexpectedly. (Still hurts to write that. ) I was NOT planning to get any more cats, but I was having a HORRIBLE time with Eini's death and my colleague happened to be fostering some kittens. I named the one I got Jack; he was probably about 3 months old when I got him. My next-youngest kitty at the time was 8-1/2 years old so I thought Jack needed a companion. I was supposed to get a 2nd kitten from Jack's litter, but life happened for my colleague and things got complicated, so I ended up adopting a kitten from my local Humane Society as a companion for Jack. Her name is Chloe and she was semi-feral but is (mostly) a sweetie these days. Still tiny and fearless (she had a rough start to life). She and Jack hit it off from day one and still play together and chase each other all over the house a LOT. I am VERY glad I got two kittens!

I think you know where I'm going ... get the 2nd kitten! And, of course, POST PHOTOS!
yea!!!
Sorry for all the losses you've had but feel sure you have lovely memories
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Yes, get another kitten! When we adopted our Ringo, we had cats who were 6 and 14 at the time. The energy levels didn't work out. When he was about 1.5 years old, we brought in another cat who was about the same age. They took to each other right away and to this day (they are 4 now), they play together every day.

There is something fun about watching two cats playing together.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Yes here too....two kittens. Give them companions to enjoy and you sit back and watch the fun of them together...
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:14 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Now known as Isabella I am so happy we decided to get another. She is sweet, timid, beautiful and Sophie loves playing with her.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:40 PM
 
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Adorable. So glad you got them both now.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:58 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Two (or three) are always better than one but since you are in a multi-cat home already stick with two kittens and your current resident animals. IMO you just made your life much easier by getting the second kitty and they are going to entertain you for years
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Oh congratulations! So happy you adopted your own house panther. They will soon be BFFs.
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Old 05-31-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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As I said in my post when I adopted Sophie, I had not raised a kitten in a very long time. And while Sophie is precious and smart and I love her madly, I think she is lonely for a playmate other than me. My older cats despise her and her playfulness and I'm constantly on guard . Which means they have to be kept apart and no telling how long. Meanwhile I can't play with Sophie 24/7 and I don't think I fulfill what she needs as a playmate. The shelter where I adopted Sophie,Molly and my dog Kip are having a month of FREE adoptions on cats and they are overloaded w/kittens right now. I was thinking to go tomorrow and adopt another kitten.
What do you guys think? Pros and cons??
I'm late to this thread, so if you haven't done so already, get yourself over there and get that 2nd kitten. I've always believed that kittens are better off growing up with other kittens if possible. More fun for you too.

For the record, I can't think of any cons.... and if I did, I would tell you.
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