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Looking for another kitten

We have almost an adult domestic cat for almost a year, well in the fact she is 9 months old, so not yet fully grow up but she is a teen. At first I thought to get another kitten so that our beloved spoiled furry brat has a companion, but then other questions raised. It is not only a food and space, it is manageable. It is a matter of the priority. Our beloved Mic is extremely motherly, affectionate and instinctive beast and in my opinion she will function just wonderfully with the ‘evergreen’ kitten. That is exactly how it sounds, a cat that stay small as adult and looks like a small kitten. But the problem is that a real dwarf species are not so small and designers dwarf kittens are not small species but either the cats with genetic mistakes or the kittens with the various growth predictions. One means you can end up owning an extremely ill animal, two your small miniature kitten can grow up to be much larger than you expected. I don’t want to get involved with the people who run notorious pet mills because those animals are either in a bad condition from the start or have the health problems later in the life.

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msiduri wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:14 AM

Aside from that, there's host of ethical problems with paying money for mill animals. You can adopt kittens from shelters or from ads in places like Craig's list. There are techniques of introducing a new kitten to an established cat—e.g., keeping the kitten in one room for a couple of days where the other can smell the kitten's scent before she sees him so she gets used to it, etc. Best of luck with the critters.

RapidBlue wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:33 AM

Thanks I will have that in mind, after all the cats are mini-beasts so the precaution is always good. I think that our teen cat is very much interested in another of her specie because she never had any contacts with the outside world. She is strictly a lap cat, indoors. I had her when she was maybe 2 weeks old and she could literary fit into my palm.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:44 AM

I would not want a miniature cat. Besides what you listed thy are not large animals anyways so why try to make them smaller

msiduri wrote on November 27, 2015, 10:37 AM

If I may continue to offer unsolicited advice: please read up on it. It'll save you headaches. Cats are territorial. Bringing a new kitten into an established cat's territory is like an invasion, even if the established cat is a sweetheart. She'll feel threatened. She's still young at 9 months, so that's good, more kitten than grumpy old cat. Again, best of luck. Hope the become good buddies and bring you lots of companionship.

RapidBlue wrote on November 27, 2015, 10:49 AM

It depends on the cat. We had usually up to 15 of them or even more on the family farm. Females adopt the small newcomers and the ones who fight over the territory are the alpha males. Usually, not always. We never had a case when an adult cat would attack a kitten and as far as I know in the last 30 years that never happened. There is a bigger possibility that an adult male would attack a small cat, but I just never saw it. I have no idea what kind of the cats you had or what kind of experience you have, if it was bad, I am sorry to hear that.

RapidBlue wrote on November 27, 2015, 10:51 AM

I already have a domestic cat and my partner is not eager to have one more, but if I can exercise any excuse it would be useful. LOL. I think that my kitten would get along with something smaller plus our place is small as well.

msiduri wrote on November 27, 2015, 12:17 PM

I had an older spayed female cat who was never quite reconciled to a kitten I brought home. It might be different because if you were on a farm they had a little bit more room. I was in a one-bedroom condo. They got to the point where they tolerated each other. I fed them through a screen, hoping the older one would associate the kitten with food. She ate, but sat there hissing and spitting at the kitten for weeks. The kitten, being a kitten, ate away and ignored her completely.

The kitten was a brat. She'd paw the older cat's hind end when she was using the box. And destructive. She liked to tear buttons off shirt. When she got older and mellowed out, though, she was the sweetest cat you'd ever cat to see, though.

They're both gone now. I miss them both.

Yes, toms are worse.

markgraham wrote on November 27, 2015, 12:39 PM

You seemed to have solved you own problem. Dealing with any genetically altered animal from a 'mill' is not good for the reasons you stated, but again it is your choice.

carolamfg wrote on November 27, 2015, 2:07 PM

I think this is a good idea. I have always had cats in pairs (or more) and they love the company.

CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 3:01 AM

I love cats, but cannot have them. Allergies that are dangerous for me. emoticon :sad: