Think your home could use another cat? Just be careful which one you get.
If you've got a single cat at home you might have toyed with the idea of getting him or her a buddy, someone to cuddle or play with. But how do you know which cat will make a good match with your resident cat? If the match isn't a good one you can turn your home into a zone of flying fur.
An adult female who has been an only cat for some time would go best with a younger female. Males, even friendly males, can overpower and frighten female cats, especially those who are set in their ways. Young males often grow up to be rambunctious teens that like to play by pouncing and wrestling, which isn't every female kitty's idea of fun. If you have a young, active male a good bet would be another young male who shares his enthusiasm for vigorous play.
Here's a surprise, a laid-back older neutered male cat may actually enjoy mothering a kitten, either female or male. Older males usually make better mother substitutes than spayed females because as a general rule, females are less accepting of newcomers.
Neutered males tend to bond with each other fairly easily unless both have dominant personalities. Dominant cats do a lot of rubbing, which is marking something as "theirs" with their scent. They also like to rest in high places for surveillance purposes and they like to hang out in doorways to control room entrances. Most of the time they show little or no fear, so putting two of these guys together might just make the fur fly.
These are basic guidelines. All animals have their own personalities and may not fit the mold. Whatever combination you choose you need to introduce your new cat slowly so as not to overwhelm your resident cat.
The Nebraska Humane Society is located at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.