I admit it, I am a princess. I am a kind and benevolent ruler, and I have excellent manners, but I am definitely spoiled, and I like it that way. Well, Mom thinks maybe a little brother would be good for me, and also give me a playmate when Mom goes back to school next year.
The cat in consideration to share my throne is Skeeter, a six-month old male at the local shelter where Mom volunteers. I haven\'t met the little scamp, but Mom says he is sweet, playful, loves other cats, loves people, and incidentally is cute as the dickens (he\'s a golden-eyed brown tabby with spots like an ocelot!).
She has two main concerns:
1) How will I adjust to another cat? Usually at the shelter, they do a personality inventory of each cat to determine that sort of thing, but Mom adopted me straight out of the shelter hospital so they never did those tests on me. Is there any way to know how I will react to another cat in my territory? (Of course, Mom would start Skeeter off in an isolation room and introduce us gradually.)
2) Skeeter has a mild neurological disorder of unknown origin. Mom has played with him and says he seems fine to her; maybe a little clumsy. However, he has already been adopted and returned to the shelter once before, because he sometimes has episodes where he appears confused, un-coordinated, and as though he can\'t see. During these episodes he acts frightened and aggressive (understandably!). He has tested negative for FIV, FeLV, etc, and the vet couldn\'t find anything organically wrong with him -- it\'s not epilepsy or any other treatable condition -- so they think it may be congenital, or the result of an illness or head injury in infancy. In other words, it probably won\'t ever get any better or worse.
Mom thinks it is shameful that someone would return this adorable little guy to the shelter just because he is different, but she understands that not everyone is cut out to care for a special cat. Her heart is breaking for him already, and she really wants to give him a forever-home. But I am the princess around here, so I get the last word! What do other cats think?