Thursday, July 27, 2006

A tale of two cats

Well, not exactly yet.

The kidlets want another cat. When we adopted the first, our intention had been to adopt two, but we didn't find another one to be interested in. But yesterday, at a pet store that displays a local shelter's cat, they fell in love with the kitty behind the glass.

So those of you with multiple kitties? How do they get along? How did you introduce them?

I'm not sure what we are going to do yet. The DH and I are still talking. I'm nervous as to how the first cat will react to a new kitty, but also like the idea of a playmate for her (LOL she probably doesn't care). I also realize this definitely means no large dogs and may even mean *gulps* no dogs at all. Though I'm thinking a small one might be possible one day *blinks at the hubby*. Considering I still look for Sheba at times, I know I'm just not ready now for a dog.

I like having the first cat, she's a sweetie. The kids are saying the first one is so much fun, the second one will be double the fun. Yeah, they're good.

Ha ha! I'm finished Magical Chances. It came in at a whopping 35,018 words. Well, not really whopping but I was orginally aiming for 30 LOL so it's big. I expect it to grow a little bit as I go through and edit it. Now on to some Melany things and Nathan and Henri. Henri says, "about time."

May the muses have endings


Blogger Jory Strong said...

I've got 10 dogs and 6 cats--so having cats doesn't mean you can't have dogs.

As far as becoming a multiple cat household--a big problem with cats is that you don't really know how it's going to work out until you do it. And then it can be great--or it can be miserable.

We've always had multiple cats. Sometimes the personalities hit it off and they play, hang out together. Other times we have cats hissing at each other, taking the occassional swipe, or worse, peeing on beds/clothing/shoes in protest.

So in other words. There's no easy answer to the question you've posed, though if your cat is young and you introduce another young cat or kitten, the odds go up that it will work out.

Hope this helps.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Mary Stella said...

I second what Jory said. Cats and dogs CAN Co-exist without a problem.

As far as introducing a second cat into the home, the shelter will probably agree that if the personalities don't mesh, you can return the second cat.

Bring the second kitty in and observe the two of them together for a couple of days. If it doesn't work it out, the cats will be much happier if the second kitten goes to live with someone else. (So will you!)

9:35 AM  
Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Sorry I wasn't clear. I do know dogs and kitties can coexist. For us, the problem is lack of space. I don't want to crowd too many critters alongside people into our little house. I could have an outside doggie but I loved having Sheba inside, so I probably wouldn't happy with that. Plus, my DH isn't an animal person, so I don't want to push him any more than I can.

I ran into a greyhound at the pet store last night. *sigh* my dream is to one day rescue one. The dh, who knows my dream, saw my eyes go slack with "ohhhhh." LOL. I think greyhounds are so neat. Beautiful animals and from what I've read on their personalities and them. That did however put another crimp in the mix. They are big dogs and again, we have a small house for them and kitties.

Jory, it did help. Kitty 1 is almost 3, very dominant and self assured. The prospective kitty is 9 mths, says can be shy, and is playful.

Mary, I don't want to make either kitty (or us) miserable so that's my biggest concern. If they absolutely cannot live in peace, I need to know is there an out. I hate the thought of getting a pet and having to return it, but my first loyalty is to kitty 1 and the household.

We still don't know what we are doing. I think we are going to try and spend some time with kitty 2 tomorrow and talk to the shelter folks. I'll keep you updated.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Oh, by the way, I know greyhounds can be non kitty friendly. It depends on the individual you get. And I know it's a dream of "one day" anways.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jory Strong said...

I've pretty much retired for dog rescue and placement in favor of writing, horseshoeing, and trying to spend time riding my own horses, but when we did rescue work, we fostered a number of ex-racing greyhounds. For the most part (and people are surprised by this) they are huge couch potatoes. They're a great breed.

And I'm with you. If you're going to have a dog, it should be inside with you. Let's face it, unless the TV and computer are out in the backyard, most people don't spend a lot of time out there.

7:22 PM  

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