Which kitten should we adopt?
February 24, 2013 12:41 PM Subscribe
We are thinking of adding another cat to our household, and need help choosing the right one - shy or outgoing?
posted by tr0ubley to pets & animals (14 answers total)
We already have 2 wonderful cats, both about 1.5 year old neutered males, not littermates but best friends. They are playful, affectionate, generally outgoing, and are never mean. They get along well with each other and never fight. They spend most of the day grooming each other, napping together, and play-fighting. We have a big house and plenty of room for an additional cat.
Both of the new cats we are considering are females, age 4.5 months or 5.5 months. We visited both at a shelter. Kitten 1, the younger of the two, is very small. She is a little shy and skittish, but curled right up in my lap purring when I saw her at the shelter. She was in a room with 2 other kittens and didn’t really play with them, but didn’t actively avoid them either. She seems a little on the skinny side and the shelter worked said she was a picky eater. Kitten 1 seems like she would need a little extra TLC.
Kitten 2 is older and more filled out. She was very outgoing, similar to our cats, and really demanded our attention from the second we walked in by purring and asking to be held. She also initiated play with one of the other kittens. Though this kitten has been at the shelter for a while I doubt she’ll have any trouble finding a family to adopt her because she has such a wonderful personality.
I am torn as to which kitten to adopt. On one hand, I like the idea of adopting a kitten who may need a little extra love and care. I wonder if [after a slow introduction of course] our older cats may help Kitten 1 come out of her shell because they are so nurturing with each other. However, on the other hand I feel like Kitten 2 is a great match personality-wise for our current cats.
So my question is should we adopt Kitten 1, Kitten 2, or not risk rocking the boat and adopt neither? I'll update with pictures, I promise.