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Author Topic: need advice on possible new kitten addition ...or not  (Read 4042 times)
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Sandi K
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« on: December 20, 2007, 02:32:12 PM »

Hi, I was hoping on some input from folks here.  I got a new kitten in July, and she is a sweet loveable Maine Coon.  She is still having occasion bouts of diahrrea but not daily like it was before so we think that might be calming down finally.  Now I have my eye on another kitten, this one 3 mos old.  Our 8 mos old seems very social but I dont truly know how she would accept a new kitten.  I dont want to rock the boat but at the same time if this could be a good playmate for her, that would be great.  Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts on whether I should even consider this?  The lady said if things dont work out, she would take the kitten back.   Hubby is OK with it, maybe not jumping for joy but he is a big sucker and falls head over hills very quickly.  He is worried Sophie will get upset over a new kitten or the new kitten wont like Sophie.  Your thoughts are appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007, 03:32:38 PM »

Give the older cat plenty of, if not most of, the love and attention - let her know the new kitten is not taking you away from her. Sophie needs to feel secure. I have had many kittens come through our home with older cats - after the (supervised) hisses and sniffing and maybe a boxed ear or two to show who's boss- they eventually settled into acceptance. Patience is key, give them time to work out a relationship. This can take days, maybe a couple of weeks. Some people say to let the cats sniff each other behind a closed door first, I only had a large "kitten cage" and no spare "cat" rooms, but if you do that sounds like a good idea.  
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007, 04:24:43 PM »

Considering your existing cat is only 8 mos old, I don't think you will have too much trouble.  Kittens are more adaptable that adult cats.  I had a year old take to a kitten in just two days.  They are best of buds now.  But do as Meowli suggests and keep them separated at first.  Be sure to give most of the lovin's to the older cat.  Eventually bring out a feather toy and play with them together so the older cat will associate the kitten with good times. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007, 04:55:50 PM »

Your existing kitten is still young and should be able to accept a newcomer much more easily than an older cat would. Especially since she's very social. Kittens can get a lot of benefit from having a playmate.

I think you should go for it. Give them time to get used to each other, let them sort things out between themselves, and I'm betting eventually they'll be the best of friends.

(This is of course assuming both kitties are healthy. Does your vet know what's causing the diarrhea?)
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007, 05:06:55 PM »

Hi guys,  well I have decided not to get another kitten.  One of the big reasons is because Sophie is still having diahrrea, she just went a few minutes ago.  No the vet hasnt been able to figure out why yet, its possible its just a really bad case of colitis after having coccidia when we first got her but it doesnt makes sense that she can go 4 or 5 days without diahrrea and then today it shows up again.  So I dont know what Im dealing with, possible IBD, possible colitis, dont know.  I doubt its anything contagious to a new kitten as she has been tested for everything but just in case I dont want to expose a kitten.  Also if its IBD, and we still are going thru food trials, I dont want the kittens diet being affected and have to try to keep her away from new foods. 

Its kind of upsetting as we dealt with our deceased kitty's sickness from the pet food for 4 months until she died in March, not knowing what was wrong.  And now we have this 8 mos old still not knowing what is wrong.  But we love her dearly, whether we get another kitten or not and dont want to upset her system right now.  So I guess thats it for now.  We will be a one-kitty family but a lucky one for having such a beautiful, sweet, gentle girl.  Thanks everyone for your helpful information.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2007, 06:53:08 PM »

One of my old cats had diarrhea real bad off and on (wish I had known about the food connection back then). Nevertheless, he showed improvement after I gave him a probiotic every day. Forgot the brand but it was an inexpensive "people brand" and in capsule form that I would break open for him and he would take it willlingly.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007, 07:46:37 PM »

sandik- Make sure the probiotic is dairy free. Dairy has caused 1 of my cats & 1 of my dogs to get mucousy poopies. Even the caplets will work,they crush easily.
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2007, 06:44:13 AM »

I hope you're able to get Sophie feeling better soon.
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