Hi Catsters! My cat, Dorian (who doesn't have his own Catster profile, sorry!), is four years old, super playful and has briefly met other adult cats without any hissing or territorial issues. He was a rescue, adopted about 2 years ago, and has been an only cat since then. It seems like he was exposed to other cats before he was initially surrendered to the shelter, however, as he's comfortable around any neighbor cats that he's met (he's indoor-only, but has seen a few by the door or has met while both were being held, that kind of thing). Dorian hates being alone and loves people, but can be a little shy/skittish at times.
Dorian has been a bit lonely-seeming lately (my husband and I both work) and we think he'd benefit from a cat companion. My husband and I would also like a second cat, of course, but we're especially hoping that any new cat would get along with Dorian - and hopefully play with him some too, as he's got a lot of energy to burn.
So all that brings us to two cats we met today at the shelter, and I'm wondering if you guys could give us some input on which (if any) to choose:
Adult cat: She's a long-haired calico the shelter calls Isabella, about 6 years old. She's unflappable and easy-going, a bit bigger than Dorian but doesn't seem bossy or aggressive. She took to us right away but was still curious enough about the meet-and-greet room. Not too interested in toys. She was an owner surrender to the shelter and previously lived with another cat, whom she used to wrestle/play with quite a bit.
Kitten: A short-haired gray and white cat, just 3 months old, the shelter calls him Strudel. He just got neutered so we couldn't meet him today, but we're going back tomorrow and he should be available then. He is super cute, people-friendly, and is housed with his brother (another kitten). They obviously get along well.
I've heard that it's generally easier to integrate a new kitten than an adult cat, especially when the existing cat is high-energy. However, my husband is a little nervous about how much work kittens are (I haven't had a kitten since I was a kid), plus it seems somehow nicer to adopt an adult cat, since I know they have a harder time finding homes. Plus you have more of a known quantity with an adult cat - the kittens we had growing up often bonded with another cat when young then grew up to be really territorial, so I worry about that.
Anybody with experience getting a second cat who can give us some advice? Both cats would be living in our (admittedly large) apartment with no outdoor access, so it'd be nice if they could do more than just tolerate each other.