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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:35 am 
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Hi, I'm new here and hoping for some advice. I have a coming 15-year old Bengal/Mix female who seems to be a bit bored after the passing of her 14 year old "sister", a DSH. The two were never close buddies but respected and were kind to one another. Anyway, I'm thinking about adopting a rescue bengal /mix , 9 months old who is pretty mellow also for a Bengal.
I don't know if mixing 2 cats of such different ages and sexes is a good idea, or if introducing a new cat to her in her golden years is a great idea at all. If anyone has any advice and experience in this arena, please respond. Thanks.


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Asian Leopard Cat

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hi & welcome to the forum :D

it should be ok, as long as you introduce them gradually to each other. cats are like people, each has a different personality. some get along & some don't but they usually learn to at least tolerate each other.

there are a few threads on here with suggestions on the best ways to introduce them. hope it works out well for you :D


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Asian Leopard Cat

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Hi and welcome :D
I agree, all cats will act differently when introducing another cat - young or old, they're all very varied in personality.
I've known of an introduction between an 11 yr old DSH female and an 8 week DSH female kitten. It didn't go well, because the 12 yr old cat was so set in her ways, she simply would not accept the kitten. They permanently hissed at each other and never learnt to get along. Although they lived under the same roof, they would stay as far away form each other as possible.
Other cats will be snuggled up together within a week!
IMO, i find that the male/female combination works best.
All i can suggest is, if you really want to give it a go, take things slowly, introduce them a little at a time and make sure the older cat has somewhere safe they can go away from the kitten, and vice versa.
Older cats are not as tolerant and tend to want more peace and quiet/rest, whereas kittens will go on and on, pushing to play.
I hope it all works out well for you and both cats. x

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