Hello fellow catsters... some of you may be aware of my recent dilemma re: finding Mr. B a good companion. My quest started because I thought he really wanted company, since I'm out a lot. Also, when we moved to our new house in Feb., he was no longer able to see the stray that would come visit him, so I thought that was what stressed him out (he actually had "stress induced anorexia").
Well, after a long, laborious search (see need advice on which cat to choose posts & his diary for info on that) I bought home a sweet boy (Cinder). I knew how I was supposed to introduce them, but it didn't work out that way and Cinder was extremely friendly. Mr. B hissed and growled and Cinder just laid in a submissive position, not responding or running away. He looked at him like, "what's wrong with you, I just want to be your friend". I gave it a couple of days (I know that's not enough) but told the foster to take him back becuase I felt bad for both of them. Mr. B was miserable and angry, and Cinder was miserable because he was forced to be in a room all alone when he just wanted to be out and play. I think I did the right thing, but my question is this: How do I know if Mr. B just doesn't want a companion, and would rather be an only cat? Would it be better if I tried again at a better time, with appropriate introductions and maybe a girl? Since Mr. B is such a stressed out cat, I don't want to put him through that again unless I'm sure he wants a companion! Is there any good way to tell?