So most people know that I started my Life of Cat Ownership with Cricket. Cricket was a great kitty whose life ended too soon. Shortly after acquiring another kitty, Jake, to keep her company while I worked long hours, Cricket came down with FIP and I had to put her down.
Jake was given the diagnosis of “as long as he makes it past one and a half to two years, he should be in the clear for FIP.” He is know 2.5 and doing well. We had been living a pretty good life together thus far, but I wanted to get him a friend. He has a ton of energy and I wanted him to have a companion. I asked the vet and she said I should be fine with another kitty as long as it was not a kitten. If the cat was between 1 and 2, then I should not have to worry about another case of FIP.
So I thought about it for a while. Then I saw this little darling at Petsmart. She has the same color pattern as Jake, only her splotches are calico instead of tabby. I adopted her and quarantined her in the bathroom until I could get her to the vet. I took her on Monday and she got a clean bill of health. I named her Penny and have been introducing them slowly. Jake has gone from growling and hissing at her to more of a curious inspection. She, on the other hand, is still a bit nervous about him and keeps her distance. She is super affectionate towards me and follows me around like a little shadow. She also has a tiny little meow and is a tiny cat. She is overweight at 8.5 pounds and needs to drop a pound. She makes Jake, a lightweight at 9.0lbs, look massive.
I am still afraid that she will come down with FIP and I will lose her despite what the vet said, but I want to try once for Jake. I think it would be good for him to have someone to romp with that is about the same age. The vet seems to think it should be fine, so hopefully it will be! I figure six months of worrying before I can be completely comfortable.