... for the animal lovers out there.
As longtime readers of the blog know, chez Sock Knitters, we have three cats. We started with Spoot and Mab, who are females of about the same age, and two years ago, we added Angus, a younger male cat.
('I would like a friend, please. Or else I will bite you.')
Angus and Spoot and Mab have a policy of mutual tolerance now, unless Angus gets in the ladies' faces, in which case Spoot pitches a hissy and Mab smacks him upside the head.
Every so often, if Angus really wants to play, he'll just tackle one of the girls, and then the peaceful quiet is rent with hissing and thumping and a blur of rolling cats goes whizzing past on the hardwoods and the Fool and I are leaping to our feet and waving our arms and, yeah.
Generally, I think Angus would be happier if we played more with him, but we can't always do that, especially since Jamie was born.
Enter the dilemma.
A friend of ours has to get rid of her cats. She has a male cat, Romeo, who is four, but acts like a one-year-old cat - i.e. is very playful - and the Fool and I, in a moment of something, started wondering if Romeo might be a good friend for Angus, someone he can roll around with and wrestle with and do guy-cat stuff with.
On one hand, if Romeo and Angus hit it off, Romeo won't go into the overburdened animal shelter system, and Angus will have a buddy and will quit bothering Mab and Spoot.
On the other hand, if Angus and Romeo do not hit it off, then we will have a house full of four squabbling cats.
Either way, we will have four cats, and the Fool feels like four cats is a line to be crossed - three cats is fine, but four cats is heading down the road to Crazyville and next thing you know, we'll be making tinfoil hats and wearing Kleenex boxes on our feet or something.
A veterinarian friend said basically, either this will work great, or it will be terrible, and the only way to know is to try it.
I'm not sure what to do. Things are OK now. They could be better, but they're not bad. Maintaining the cat status quo (the cattus quo?) would be fine.
What do the experienced cat owners out there think?
(Spoot says, 'maybe with a fourth cat, they'll quit making me pose in dumb hats.')
Inquiring minds want to know.