Sorry for a kitty adoption question, but I need the power of the hivemind. I'm trying to decide if I should adopt this particular cat, or look for another one! Need to make a choice quick - snowflake issues beneath the fold.
I already have one cat: Frances
, who I adopted 4 years ago as a companion for my lovely elderkitty, Tibby. Tibby sadly departed this life at the end of August, after 17 wonderful years.
Frances is a rambunctious girl, but a little one; she's got plenty of sass and cattitude, but she's small and has never lived with another cat besides Tibs, who was already old and pretty mellow when she was adopted as a tiny kitten. However, she's lonely, and I'd like to get her a friend. And I want another boy.
Ash (sorry, no photo) is a year-old boycat; he's muscular and beautiful and incredibly active, 10 pounds of panther in a lovely Russian-Blue grey coat. He was found as a stray by the Humane society and has only just been neutered, despite his age. He's been adopted by a couple with an elderly female kitty, but the two don't get along, and so they are looking to re-home him. He's a little clueless, so he pushed their older female a bit too much and she walloped him: now she hides from him and he's scared of her.
He is a Tigger, INCREDIBLY active, playing constantly and aggressively, all teeth and claws. I'm concerned he's going to overwhelm Frances. I'm also concerned because he's utterly uninterested in me, at least based on one visit. I'm used to cats coming over, at least out of curiosity, and registering my presence in the room. He was actively uninterested in me, even running away when I put my hand down and chirped. This worries me. I've been a cat owner for 20 years, and I've chosen my cats by 'being chosen by them' -- ie, they came over to say hi, settled down next to me, made eye contact, were interested in me. I'm leery of taking a cat that is so completely indifferent.
Then again, Ash needs a home and I need a kitty. So am I being too picky, or should I let them find another person and find a mellower, friendlier cat?