This post is deviating a bit from the usual fashion and design based fare.
Last week, our cat, Ginger, went missing for a bit. He has a cat flap, so he can always get in and out. He disappeared overnight on Monday. My friend then found him at a petrol station far away from our flat, and on the other side of a main road at midnight on Tuesday. he had apparently followed some girls who were stroking him. he’s very trusting like that. We call him slapper cat sometimes, because he will just miauw at anyone in the street and demand cuddles. He doesn’t care about food at all, all he wants is to sit on people’s laps.
Anyway, my friend carried him back to his/our front door. He came in and ate and slept in our bed, but then disappeared off again and never came back. On Friday morning we put out posters and through the combined power of our neighbourhood managed to track him down and return him to the flat. He wasn’t even that far away from the flat (and on our side of the main road), but he obviously got confused and couldn’t find his way back. He may be older than we think he is (7 according to the age we were given when we got him from the cattery).
So, anyway! We were thinking maybe the best thing to do is to get him a cat friend, to keep him enetertained during the day, so he won’t go off and accost strangers and follow them out of the area he knows. We’ve been doing some research and it sounds like introducing a new cat is a bit of a gamble. The advice is to get a kitten as they are more likely to be accepted by the original cat, but we can’t really do that, because we’re both out during the day and can’t give the constant attention that they would need. I don’t really want tiny claws wreaking havoc on our soft furnishings while we’re away! So it would have to be a full-grown cat.
Has anyone done this – introduced a new adult cat to a household with an existing cat? What was it like? How long did it take for them to get on? Any tips? Should we get a girl cat or does it not matter? Ginger is neutered and not into fighting other cats, if that makes any difference.