Should we adopt this pair of kittens to keep our rambunctious terminally ill cat company?
April 28, 2010 11:05 PM Subscribe
We currently have one highly social special needs cat, Tux, and we absolutely need to adopt a kitten to keep him company. Due to his medical condition, Tux may or may not be with us for much longer. The problem is, the kitten we're in love with is part of a set. Is adopting 2 kittens a good idea, or should we split the pair?
Tux is a rambunctious cat who needs a lot of attention and company. He does really well other cats, provided they enter his life when they're young so he can be the boss. We had a kitten for him until recently and they were a perfect match. (That's a whole other story I will share in comments if anyone is interested.)
8 weeks ago Tux was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and though his medicine is keeping the fluid out of his lungs, it's a fatal condition.
We have found a kitten we love (and that would be a good match for Tux, personality wise) through a rescue society, and are going to meet her this weekend. She has a sister who is equally adorable and the rescue society would like to adopt them out as a pair, my questions are:
-- How much longer might Tux be with us? I've done a bunch of googling and talked to my vet, but no one really has any solid information. If he's going to be with us for 6 more years I don't want to adopt 2 cats, but if it's only 6 months it seems like a reasonable choice.
-- If we adopt the kittens as a pair will they ignore Tux and not do their job of playing with him and keeping him company? They're already bonded and friendly with each other, after all.
-- If we adopt one cat and Tux dies, is it going to be very hard to introduce a new cat to a girl cat? I've heard they're meaner.
-- Is three cats too many to have? Can we conceivably find a new place to rent and be honest about the number of cats we have?
Thanks in advance for your thoughtful answers. It's nice that there's a place on the internet like metafilter.