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Old 01-17-2021, 07:08 PM
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I have a female 3 year old cat and am thinking of adopting a foster kitty to be her sibling. Would a female or male kitty be best or does it largely depend on the personality of the kitty? I thought I read that male cats can be a problem at times with spraying. Is this correct? There are ten kitties posted tonight at the shelter website.


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Old 01-17-2021, 07:21 PM
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I would recommend a female cat personally. I know if your house has an established male cat, always get a female.

I'm not 100% on the "rule" if your established cat is female.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:26 PM
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I’ve always been a big believer in one male and one female or two males. I know people have done 2 females successfully, but it’s hard because of the alpha female thing.

I think fostering first, if possible, is always a good idea.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:42 PM
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I've had a lot of kitties 2 males and 5 females, not at the same time.

I think it's more of a personality thing.
I haven't had issues with males spraying, but I had them neutered which I think helps with that.
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Old 01-17-2021, 08:07 PM
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My aunt has a m/f and doesn't have a problem with them. Although Mia doesn't bother with Percy but that is probably her personality.


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Old 01-17-2021, 08:58 PM
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I honestly think it is a personality thing. I always thought I would want females because they would be more affectionate. Our two males are real snugglers so that blows that theory!

As for spraying— in general if they are neutered it shouldn’t be a problem. Our Zipper is a “high rise” pee-er. He tends to stand up when he goes so we modified the litter box by extending the sides. Problem solved
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Old 01-18-2021, 06:07 AM
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My son had a female cat for about a year, then he went to the shelter and added another female (so the first one was about 2-3 years old by then, and the newest one was about a year but a bigger cat). They get along fine. They pretty much left each other alone for a while, but now (a few months later), they play and do fine.

I agree that fostering would be a great way to see if their personalities fit.
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Old 01-18-2021, 06:16 AM
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You are so right on both counts. IMO, based on previous and current experiences, males tend to be more puppy dog like. Frankly my oldest 5 I adopted are males for that reason. Then along came the 6th. There were 4 absolutely adorable gray kittens, 3 males, 1 female, dumped off at my vet. That of course was a very good thing. Since I would be bringing the kitten home to 5 other cats I selected the kitten with the most outgoing personality. She really is adorable!

As to the spraying/odor question, when I was finally able to bring 3 year old Georgie inside, because of his injury I couldn't have him neuter right away. The odor was an issue but fortunately my vet was correct, once he was neutered, the smell dissipated.

So, it comes down to personality, but the truth is cats being cats are unpredictable. Best of luck and thank you for opening your home to another ball of fur and fun!

WE WILL NEED PICTURES!
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Old 01-18-2021, 07:44 AM
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I have three boys and one girl and it works out pretty well! I feel like most cats would be OK with a kitten.
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:04 AM
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Our Zipper is a “high rise” pee-er. He tends to stand up when he goes so we modified the litter box by extending the sides. Problem solved
And this isn’t necessarily just a male thing. Our female cat does this too. She has to have a 55qt Rubbermaid tub as a litterbox. She has never squatted.


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Old 01-18-2021, 11:48 AM
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Thanks everyone. I'm scheduled to pick up the new kitty tomorrow so I'm heading out to pick a few things for her I will share a picture as soon as I can catch Poppy and the new kitty Daisy together for a sibling picture
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Old 01-18-2021, 12:06 PM
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Poppy and Daisy...love it!
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Old 01-18-2021, 12:52 PM
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Forgot to ask...does each cat need their own litter box?
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Old 01-18-2021, 12:58 PM
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Congrats on your new addition! I only have one cat, but I have read that you should have at least one litter box per cat. So I would definitely get a second one.

I would also look for some tips on introducing them if you haven't already. My best friend added a second cat a few years into having the first, and I know she did a whole system, I believe recommended by Jackson Galaxy. I don't know the ins and outs but I know she started with having the new cat with the door closed in her own room, brought items back and forth so they could get used to each other's scent, and then graduated to "supervised visits" before just letting both cats roam freely around the house.
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Old 01-18-2021, 01:37 PM
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Congrats! I can't wait for pictures.

Most advice I've seen is one box per cat plus one extra. We have 4 cats and 5 boxes.
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Old 01-18-2021, 04:10 PM
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thanks again I went ahead and bought another cat box and will be ordering the box "closet" from Chewy. Jackson had some great advice on introducing new kitties. I had forgotten about looking for his videos! Tomorrow will be lots of fun
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Old 01-18-2021, 04:38 PM
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I have 7 cats and 4 boxes and they are OK with that. One suggestion, over the years I have bought tons of litter, the joys of a multi-cat home. Recently I discovered that Target has a great clumping litter, 35 lbs. for $9.99 or 20 lbs. for $7.99 called Up & Up. It's available in store or on line. Free shipping for orders over $35.00. Those prices are crazy low and clump really well! Nice combo!
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:26 PM
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:45 PM
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You're welcome! I checked prices on Amazon and the prices are similar to the grocery stores for all the name brands. Big difference.

Can't wait for the pictures!!!
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Old 01-19-2021, 01:51 PM
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Old 01-19-2021, 01:52 PM
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Daisy is safely tucked away upstairs bonding with dh and having fun hiding
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