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Aug. 11th, 2008 | 09:10 pm
posted by: cuntress in burmese_cats

We currently have a 6 year old female Burmese. We used to have two other mixed cats in the house, but they are now outside kitties due to pee issues. Their ousting has been a bit hard on our Burmese, Zoey. She has become quite the meow-er, even though the ousting was about 6 months ago. We're wondering if getting her a Burm buddy would make her happy to have some kitty company (she doesn't pay much mind to the dogs, but she does enjoy playing with us and our 19 month old daughter).

Anyone have any experience with having one Burmese and introducing a second later on? More meowing? Happier kitty? Any other insights?

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From: dame_ningen
Date: Aug. 12th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)

Just don't get another female or you will regret it.
A little boy might be ok as long as it starts out a young kitten so she can mother it.
In my experience though feline company is not happiness for Burms ...mine really hates the Tonk i got to keep him company. ><

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From: cuntress
Date: Aug. 13th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)

All good to know. Although my cat doesn't have the slightest maternal instinct... she always used to seek that from my older cat.

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From: soliloquy_girl
Date: Aug. 15th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)

We had our little boy Burmese Zap for just over a year before we decided (well I decided and my partner 'gave in') to get him a little play-mate.

We chose the fiestiest kitten of the litter, a little girl (Leela) and whilst Zap was quite interested to see what was in the cardboard box, he was less than impressed when her adorable kitten head poked out. He was SO pissed off. He growled consistently for about 2 weeks and refused to sleep with us in the bed even though we relegated the new addition to the laundry (which was heart breaking) for the first few nights. I have to point out that Zap was a mega spoiled Burmese boy that got away with murder whilst he was the solo cat in the house. There was a stage there when I honestly thought we would have to take little Leela back.

However after a couple of weeks he started to accept it and now (almost 20 months later) they have love/hate relationship. They snuggle and groom each other (Leela suckles on Zap which is just weird!) and have lots of play fights and are basically best friends. Having the second addition to our cat family also made him a lot less people needy. My partner and I used to be covered in cat scratches from Zap's play fights and now he takes out his energies playing mad kitties with his little sister.

I'd definitely advise getting a cat of the opposite gender - My Mum fosters moggies for the RSPCA and their resident female cat LOVES the male kittens, but hunts the girlies down predator style. It will probably take a bit of time for the new addition to settle in and you'll need to separate them for a while if they get rough, but I have never seen cats bond like Burmese cats and I am sure Zoey will eventually love an inside buddy to keep her company.

We are forced to keep both of ours inside all the time (except for leash walks) since we had to call the fire department to get Leela down from a 20m high pencil pine tree (embarrassing!) in our yard.

Good luck - let us know how it goes!

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From: cuntress
Date: Aug. 15th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the input. It gives me a lot to think about. We've instituted a no male policy on pets due to past issues with marking from both dogs and cats (my two female cats that got put outside were fine for near a decade... the birth of my daughter sent them into behavioral issues. They've been vet checked and I've tried everything to get them to stop, but they persist.). Zoey loved the eldest maternal natured Milly, and loved to torture the once feral Azrael. Milly loves Zoey and Azrael really really hates her. I love boy kitties, they are so sweet, and it would be interesting to see how Zoey would react to a male cat. She loves to torment our male rat terrier and will promptly go kick his ass if I raise my voice at him.

So yeah, similar circumstance as far as, I'm gonna have to talk hubby into another cat, but it'll be a tough sell on getting a male. Hmmmm... :)

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