From Buddy\'s mom ---
I have a question about adopting another cat. I would love some advice as I am struggling a bit with the decision!
Buddy is my current boy, a tuxedo who was adopted as a stray back in November 2008. He is probably a bit over 2 years old. We had him neutered and he is de-clawed (front paws only). He is a beautiful boy who has come a long way since being adopted. He is friendly and not especially fearful (except of really loud noises like the vacuum). He does nip, but only when he is being petted too long; he seems to get over-stimulated easily in that way. We have become familiar with how long IS how long and cut our cuddle sessions short before he over-reacts.
He was found in a colony with a small group of cats behind a hospital. His eye was seriously injured or infected and my brother took him to a vet to have him cared for. He is very healthy, loves to eat, uses his litter box consistently, does not spray and stays inside. I think he may have been a pet before, because he adapted to inside living very well.
I would love to find a companion for him. I have done a lot of research about this, but have found conflicting advice. I am thinking that he might do best with a younger (or near his age) cat, perhaps a female, who is known to get along well with other cats and who matches his energy level. I guess he would be fine with a male as well as long as the male was neutered and known to be a sweetie (like my late Casey!). I would love to adopt a kitten, but there are so many wonderful adult cats that need homes, I cannot in good conscience do that (unless one finds his/her way to me, as has happened so often in the past!). I also love the seniors, but I fear that Buddyâ€™s energy level would be too overwhelming to them.
Is there any way to really know if a resident cat will accept a new friend? Does the fact that he was in a colony make him likelier to be amenable to other cats? Or does that not matter? There are really no cats in my neighborhood (lots of dogs!) so I have never seen how he reacts to them. He is okay when we go to the vet (and he boards there when we are on vacation). He gets a lot of attention there because he was brought in as a very sick stray, so he, of course, eats that up!
I would welcome your opinions and thoughts! Many thanks!