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12 Feb 2004

New replacement cat or not???
Hi
Have recently lost my 3 year old female cat and have one remaining 5 year old neutered male cat.... My male cat was close to this female cat and they were great companions - slept together, played together, sat outside together, groomed each other etc... He even seemed to mourn her passing and didn't eat for a couple of days after or leave my side.... I have no other pets and travel a quite a bit on business and leave this cat alone often (in capable care of neighbours). Does he need another friend???? And should I get a kitten or slightly older cat???

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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi "catty"
If you are away from home quite a lot then perhaps it would be best not to get another cat. Your cat will probably not bond with another cat so easily, knowing most cats, especially if it is a kitten. If you are going to try it I suggest an adult female cat. Introduce them gradually by keeping the new cat in a separate room for a few days and then moving her to another room and gradually around the house so her scent "crosses" with his. Then introduce them with one in a crate or cage and see how they react.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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