I have a lonely 11-week old kitten – should I get another cat?

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I have a female kitten about 11-weeks-old. She is an indoor cat and is very lonely. I was wondering if I were to get an older cat that is all ready fixed would it be better to get a male or female?

Mel Fisher

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Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that you have an 11-week–old kitten and you think she is lonely. I'm not sure why you think she is lonely but if you think she would benefit from another cat –then this is generally a great time to do it. She is still learning about life and is an excellent time to socialize her with another cat.

I'd get a cat that is already fixed if it is older. Either a male kitten or adult could work well. Introduce them slowly.

Make sure you are also giving her plenty of play time and exercise.

An article that might be helpful to you is Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that you have an 11-week–old kitten and you think she is lonely. I'm not sure why you think she is lonely but if you think she would benefit from another cat –then this is generally a great time to do it. She is still learning about life and is an excellent time to socialize her with another cat.

I'd DEFINATLY get a cat that is already fixed if it is older. Either a male kitten or adult could work well. Introduce them slowly.

Make sure you are also giving her plenty of play time and exercise.

An article that might be helpful to you is Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that you have an 11-week–old kitten and you think she is lonely. I'm not sure why you think she is lonely but if you think she would benefit from another cat –then this is generally a great time to do it. She is still learning about life and is an excellent time to socialize her with another cat.

I'd get a cat that is already fixed if it is older. Either a male kitten or adult could work well. Introduce them slowly.

Make sure you are also giving her plenty of play time and exercise.

An article that might be helpful to you is Getting a Second Cat.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra




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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.