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We recently lost a 5 1/2 year old male cat who died suddenly. He and his spayed female littermate have always been together, and we don't want her to be lonely. We don't know if it would be best to intoduce a kitten, adult cat, male, female? Any advice would be welcome- we have never had cats before. The male who died was very social and followed us around- we joked about males being more "needy". His surviving sister, while friendly and affectionate, is more aloof and independent. Thank you.

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Hi
firstly can i say that she won't be lonely in the sense that we feel lonely. She may grieve for the other cat and this is ok and normal. Please see my page here for more on this

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If you do go ahead and get another cat, then do not get another female get a male cat, neutered and one that is either used to other cats or is a kitten. There is a procedure to try and introduce new cats to each other which sometimes helps with the settling in process. see this page here for more on this

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best wishes Kate

P.S I am sorry to hear of your recent loss, I know myself how difficult this can be.

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Kate Tilmouth

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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