I am Jones-ing for a new cat. Or I should say another cat. We lost our old guy a little more than a year ago, and it’s about time. A friend had a young adult foundling cat. Sweet as pie with her two cats. Not afraid of dogs. (I have one large dog.) And she loved sleeping in the bed with her foster mom. Great! Sounded like a good fit for our one cat, one dog household.
Not so much. After a month, neither cat were any closer to finding their way to a living arrangement. Some of the charming qualities of the new cat were now missing. She didn’t cuddle or sleep with me. (Neither does my current cat, but the old one did and that’s the reason for getting another cat. I like a buddy.) The problem is that my current cat was found when she was less than five weeks old. This means she has no idea how to play with other cats. She can stalk and stare at another cat but she hasn’t quite got the “Hey, whatcha doin’? Can I play?” behavior down. She turns it into a fight because the other cat feels so much pressure. We’ve only tried one cat with her, so it’s possible another adult cat might fit in, but we doubt it. She came in when my old fifteen year-old cat stood on her head and said “Don’t bother me.” That has been the sum total of her cat interaction.
This means we probably need a kitten. We’re thinking Maine Coon or Rag Doll. Does anyone have either of those breeds? Do you have tips for integrating cats? (We do the seperation/sniff under the door for quite a while before integrating them slowly for short periods of supervised time.) We’ve had cats all my life and I’ve never had a situation where we couldn’t bring in a new cat! But we’ve also never had a cat we found in the wild that young either!