Considering getting a second cat - any MSE advice?
I have recently adopted a cat I was fostering. He is approximately 8, my first cat, and a total sweetheart - I'm in love. However, there are times when I worry he's lonely. It's just me in the house and he is such a cuddlebug that he just wants to be with me all evening. It's making it very difficult to have a social life or go to the gym in the evening because I feel so guilty leaving him alone! I think he'd be OK with a second cat if I was careful about introducing them - he'd certainly be jealous initially, but he has been OK with other cats in the past. I'd be tempted to go the same route of foster to adopt.
However he's already had some pretty substantial health issues and possibly/probably has feline asthma - we're still going through the final tests now. Which means that will be counted as a pre-existing condition in the event of future issues. While I make a good salary, I've moved house in the past year and with costs going up, I'm a little nervous about adding what would effectively be an extra £80 a month at least in cat care once insurance, healthcare plan food etc are factored in. The only way in which it might potentially be a bit cheaper would be pet sitting as I have a good local petsitter. I'd been considering using a cattery for longer periods so Tiggs wouldn't be lonely, but I'd be comfortable with the pet sitter coming in twice a day if there were two of them to keep each other company.
I'm not planning on doing anything any time soon as want to ensure that Tiggs' health issues are fully resolved first. But is it a terrible idea to even consider getting a second? Those of you who have more than one pet, is it really double the cost/is it worth it?
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