|Purred: Mon Apr 2, '07 11:51am PST |
|Wow. I'm so sorry for your loss. We were in the same boat in February. We have a 9 yo male, Blue who was the only cat until last September, when we got Mew. She was 5 weeks and luckily, was more interested in us humans rather than Bluey. He is a somewhat aloof kitty.
In October, we got Stella, a 7 month old. She and Mew were inseparable. Mew was ill with neurological FIP and passed away February2nd. Stella was a wreck. She wouldn't play with the toys they played with, she wouldn't go into the cat cottage where they slept. She cried/talked more so than usual and became quite clingy with me. We didn't know if we were ready for another addition but then a manager of our local shelter called me to tell me they had gotten in a kitten that they were holding for me. We met him 2 days later. There were 3 issues we faced: bringing home a kitten when we were still raw from the loss of Mew; how Bluey and Stella would handle it and lastly, what would be the dynamics of bringing another male into the house. I should not have worried so much! Nico is such a sweetheart! While it took a little while for Stella to adjust to him, she's a great big sister! Sometimes he gets on her nerves, but she lets him know and that's cool. Even Bluey plays with him (not to the degree that Nico would like though!) I think as long as you give them their own space and let them come to terms with each other on their own terms, you should be fine. We didn't rush anything. We kept any new kitty in a private room and introduced them slowly. We expected some hissing and possibly 'arguments'. We have since added Tocca Dolce, who is 1 week younger than Nico, and they are joined at the hip! They wear each other out. And we've fostered a tiny kitten, Licorice who ended up living with us. And as recent as 2 weeks ago, we took in 2 kitties who are in need of rehab (possible abuse cases) and are socializing them.
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