Yes, I do very much agree that boys are better at multi cat situations than 
girls are, from my experience at least.  We're pretty lucky here.  :-)

On Dec 15, 2010, at 9:52 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

> Beverly
> Oh, how I long for a home like yours!
> I agree about the intro, and I've tried to "do it right" with everyone.  The 
> most recent one was Lucky, and he's doing well and seems accepted by all. But 
> there are tensions, especially between Stormy and the other girl, Miya Chan 
> (she's a rehabilitated feral).  I think boy cats are mellower, more 
> accepting.  I would love to see everyone curled up together on the couch or 
> my bed, or playing together.  Sigh.
> Thanks for another perspective!
> ~Bonnie
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Beverly Parsons" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?
>> Hi Bonnie,
>> I must beg to differ that most cats prefer to be the only!  I have five male 
>> cats (aged fifteen years to six months) in our small apartment and they are 
>> all best buds.  They rumble and tumble and play, and curl up and sleep 
>> together when they get tired.  I don't think any of them would do well as an 
>> only cat.  Most of my friends and family also have multiple cats that are 
>> great friends.
>> It's all about the introduction - a slow, careful introduction of a new cat 
>> to the resident cats can lead to a very happy relationship.
>> Just my two cents.
>> Beverly
>> On Dec 15, 2010, at 9:27 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:
>>> Shannon
>>> I have to tell you this story...
>>> I got my cat, Stormy, as a 12 week old kitten.  She was indoors only. There 
>>> was a "yard cat" but they only saw eachother through the window. About a 
>>> year after getting Stormy, I decided to go back to school to finish my 
>>> degree.  I was already working full time, so this meant poor little Stormy 
>>> would be alone much of the time.  In a move that is the *only* time I've 
>>> sought out a cat (they usually just come to me, as Stormy had) I went to 
>>> the local shelter and adopted a kitten about 12 wks. old.  I brought him 
>>> home and said, "Look Stormy -- I got you a friend!"
>>> Hiss, spit, growl, fur on end, very unhappy cat.  Oops.  I don't think she 
>>> ever quite forgave me...
>>>> From this I came to the conclusion that humans are social and cats are
>>> solitary.  That's undoubtedly not an absolute in either case, but generally 
>>> speaking, I think most cats would prefer to be the "only."
>>> ps -- Stormy now shares the house with three others, all "came to me" out 
>>> of their need.  She's a little pissy sometimes, but I let her know she's 
>>> "queen" and let the others know they are to give her utmost respect (she's 
>>> the elder puss) and she's adjusted very well.
>>> Good luck!
>>> ~Bonnie
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emeraldkittee" <>
>>> To: <>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:28 PM
>>> Subject: [Felvtalk] how to know if your "only" needs a friend?
>>>> Whimsy is adapting perfectly to being indoor only! (someone here said 'you 
>>>> control the door', and it was that simple. a few protests, an escape due 
>>>> to a foggy glass door, but overall very smooth transition) I'm watching 
>>>> him closely to make sure he isn't lonely.
>>>> I did see him attack another feral who was taking 'his' yard, a few months 
>>>> after he was fixed. Obviously that doesn't necessarily mean he couldn't 
>>>> have a pal, but ... we don't really have anywhere to get him used to a new 
>>>> kitty, they'd have to be together right away...
>>>> so, is it a good idea?
>>>> should I open the blinds on the door that separates him from his siblings 
>>>> to see how he reacts to other kitties?
>>>> male or female?
>>>> If Whimsy has a stronger constitution, would another FeLV kitty 
>>>> potentially make him sicker with a more virulent version?
>>>> again, Whimsy is a boy, about 2.5, asymptomatic.
>>>> thank you!!
>>>> Shannon
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