Introducing a very stupid and quirky cat to another cat, a baby, or possibly both. Bad idea, or worst idea ever?
My girlfriend and I are the proud owners of a very dumb, very oddball cat named Beans
. We got Beans
when she was only about 7 or 8 days old
; her mother had abandoned her and a sibling (who died immediately) on a friend of a friend's stoop. Consequently, Beans has never met another cat, and has several behavioral quirks that may or may not be related to that fact, including a general propensity towards biting (rarely painful), occasional unprovoked hatred of houseguests (and occasional rapturous love of houseguests; you can never tell beforehand if she'll love or hate someone), a near-religious obsession with food, and a deep need to be held like a baby several times a day.
Fast forward to today. Without going in to any significant details, my girlfriend and I are well on our way to starting a family together. We're concerned about introducing Beans to a baby, because of her occasional aggression and overall weirdness. Having recently moved to a larger apartment, we've also been pining for another kitten in our lives. This brings me to the limited question I hope to have answered in this thread:
Is there any reason to suspect that getting a kitten now
would make Beans more
likely to be accepting of a baby by year's end, or would the double upset of a new kitten plus an infant several months later only drive her more insane? I recognize that the only true answer to this question is "every cat is different, so there's no way of knowing for sure," but I'm still interested in getting some insight from other weird-cat owners, as I'm obviously very concerned about doing what's best for both Beans and whatever sibling(s) she may soon have.