|Purred: Tue Jan 30, '07 10:50am PST |
|This is Emma's mom here, looking for some advice.
I adopted Emma a little over five months ago from a rescue group. Emma had been in foster care for nine months, living in a foster room with seven other cats. Her foster mother has told me that she never really interacted with the other cats, although she did tolerate them. She just kind of stuck to herself.
Since coming to our home, she has really blossomed. Her foster mother said that she never played with toys, never groomed herself, and rarely meowed, but since we have had her she has been VERY vocal, loves to swat balls around, and grooms herself every day (she's a senior kitty, so we were excited to see her being active).
She is an only cat in our home, and spends a LOT of time marking her territory every day. One problem, however, is that Emma can't sleep in our bedroom with us. I actually have some minor allergies to cats, and Emma's dad is a VERY light sleeper, so when we go to bed at night we close the bedroom door.
Emma has taken to bringing random objects (toys, clothes she finds, paper towels, etc.) to our bedroom door at night. When she does this, she often sits with the object and howls (she will also howl when we are playing with her and she manages to "catch" a toy). I am wondering if she is lonely at night and whether getting a companion for her will stop her nightly howling.
Has anycat out there had a similar experience? Emma's dad really doesn't want another cat, so I don't even know if this is possible (i.e. if I could convince him--he loves Emma and loves cats, but thinks that our place is big enough for just one), but I thought I would see what you all thought. Is Emma lonely? Would getting another cat help? I worry a little that she really seems to be so much happier in our home than she was with all of those other cats, so maybe a companion isn't the best idea?
Any advice, as always, is greatly appreciated.
Oh, and FYI, if we did adopt another cat, it would be an adult, like Emma--not a kitten!
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