Getting a New Kitten in a Home With a Resident Cat?

About 1 year and 4 months ago, my partner and I got a male kitten and named him Einstein (attached photo). At first he was quite timid and shy, but then became so loving and was brought up as a house cat. About 6 months ago we started letting him out. Each time he would go further, he started going out most of the daytime and comes home about 6pm. He gets fed and stays in till morning then goes out around 9am. He had done this throughout the summer and autumn.

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Now we are in winter, he started staying in the majority of the day only going out once or twice for 1-2 hour long periods. The past month my partner and I have both been on holiday from work, so we both were in the house all day and so was the cat. I'm scared now that we are back at work and he doesn't want to go out he'll get lonely.

If my partner and I are busy doing something he'll cry and moan until one of us picks him up and gives him attention, the though of getting a new kitten seems a good idea so he will have a friend when we are at work or a busy doing something so he won't constantly want attention.

My cat hasn't been castrated, but has never sprayed. We don't want to castrate him as we heard it will change the cat's personality and don't want to take away his 'man-hood'.

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The kitten we are thinking of getting is an 8 week girl, we don't plan to get her neutered mainly for the same reasons. A few of my worries are the my current cat will react so badly to her and it will put a strain on mine and the cat's relationship. I also heard that he will start spraying and will try to have sex with the 8 week old kitten. Please can someone help me find answers, solutions, or suggestions. If this is a good idea or tips on how to get them getting along asap. Please help as I have only a couple of days until I have to tell the person selling the kitten if we will be taking her or not. Thank-you :-)

By Sophie B

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December 9, 20140 found this helpful

Please do fix your gorgeous little tomcat, especially if he is allowed outside. They can sire many, many stray kittens who will lead a hard life and add to the population of unwanted cats. I know there are also other health issues that can be averted with neutering and spaying, but can't think what they are.

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Same with the female kitten, if you get it. It will also calm them down. They won't be as territorial. And even if he doesn't spray now, he could start, especially if some fresh cat starts coming around the house. XD

bestfriends.org/.../ That's a good piece of info on spaying and neutering. And this one: www.aspca.org/.../spay-neuter

bestfriends.org/.../ Here is a good one for introducing new cats. Some cats like to be the only cat, some don't...it all depends on the cat.

www.aspca.org/.../cat-care This has good info, too. The humane society one has good resources, also. C:

Good luck!

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December 11, 20140 found this helpful

Do neuter you tom cat. I am not sure where the idea got started that neutering your cat changes its' personality. It does not. I am 70 and have had many cats and known many cats. I have never seen a personality change because of neutering. Perhaps males do a little less roaming, and a little less spraying. And for sure they father less unwanted kittens who are often doomed to a short and brutal life. Neutered cats have less cancer and substantially less disease in general. Many male cats are killed roaming for romance. They have a much higher incidence of life threatening wounds from fighting with other cats.

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I am glad you recognize the manhood issues are yours and not your cats. They could care less. Are you prepared for 5 to 9 kittens every 4 months. If you cant find homes and take kittens to the shelter, they may find homes but usually it means an older cats will not get a home and be euthanized. Shelters hate kitten season for this reason. And know your female cat WILL get out if it is breeding season for her. Cats come into heat every couple weeks, and can be upset and cranky for the entire period. Think PMS. Don't put yourself or your cats through this.

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I have been married 48yrs and in this time, we have had many cats. I highly recommend for you to get him taken care of. The problem of leaving him out and not neutered, he will continue to go further and further away from your house looking for a female. After you get him neutered, please keep him indoors. I can't begin to tell you of the dangers there are for cats. We have introduced kittens with our older cats.

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Be very patient. Leave your kitten in a room alone with a litter box and gradually introduce it to the household and your older kitty. He will get use to the smells of the house. If you get a girl kitten, they will mesh better, because your boy is the king and he will not like another male coming into the house. Like I said, it takes patience, but, please, don't let your pretty kitty outside. He will go missing someday. Good luck!!!!!

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