My two remaining cats are acting especially needy now that Friday is gone. Our 17-year-old male cat, Kato, wants to remain in contact with a human at all times. When we're sleeping, he's perched on one of us. When I'm using the laptop, he's between my forearms.
Velcro, our female cat, has always been quite clingy (hence the name), but she's added "venturing into empty rooms and howling" to her repertoire.
Poor Kato's health has been uncertain for a number of years and I foresee a day in the relatively near future when Velcro will be the only cat left. The question becomes: should we get another cat now?
I wouldn't want to inflict a kitten on our oldsters (or myself, for that matter), but I think that a suitably mellow adult cat might be acceptable. I know the shelters are full of sweet, grown-up cats that get overlooked in favor of the kittens. I have little doubt that my work with the spay/neuter clinic gives me a direct line to inside information on the temperament of every available shelter cat in town.
And yet, I hesitate. Even though I'm pretty sure both cats would accept a new addition to the household fairly quickly, I worry about stressing them out.
Ultimately, I think it might be best if I just waited to see if fate puts a particular cat in my path. What do you think?