Myth : Cats are loners.
Fact : Cats are highly social creatures and are (usually) happiest when living with other cats.
Whether you are looking to adopt an adult cat or a kitten, adopting two at the same time is actually easier on you, as well as for the cats. They will look out for each other, play together, and keep each other company when you are busy or away from home.
Adopting Two Will Be Better for You:
- Emotional Well Being: Cats and kittens who are home alone all day can develop bad habits, largely out of boredom. They may become destructive and break things, they may refuse to use the litter box, opting for your favorite rug instead, or they may even become depressed and ill. Two cats will keep each other company and ensure they do not become bored and lonely.
- Socialization: A cat who has the stimulation of another cat will remain active and social, while a cat who remains isolated and alone all day may become less responsive. Lonely cats often begin to resist interaction with people and may instead opt to hide under your bed. When it comes to kittens, it’s even more important that they have a buddy since they need almost constant stimulation, often more than we humans are able to provide.
Additionally, kittens learn social behavior from each other during play, and they teach each other acceptable behaviors as they rough and tumble all over your house.
- Transition Period: Cats and kittens adopted in pairs will have an easier time and experience less stress and trauma when you bring them home. Remember, they will be in a brand new environment with people who are strangers to them. Having a friend or sibling along will give them a sense of continuity and comfort as they get to know you and their new home.
Choosing Your Pair:
When adopting older cats, if possible, look for a pair who are already bonded to each other. Since there is no introduction period to go through, it is easier to adopt an already bonded pair than it is to add a second cat later. It will also be very satisfying for you to give two cats who already love each other a second chance at living the rest of their lives together.
If your local animal shelter doesn’t have any bonded adult pairs available, speak with one of their staff and volunteers who can help you assess which two cats could blossom and live harmoniously together in your home.
If you are adopting kittens, siblings often transition well together into a new home since they’ve been together since birth. Watching siblings grow up together is a joy like no other, and their antics will amuse you for hours on end while tiring them out.
Give two cats or kittens a loving home today and you will get back twice the love in return. Who could ask for anything better than that?
Rita Reimers is Owner and CEO of Cats 90210 Professional Cat Sitters and The Cat Analyst Feline Behavior Counseling Service. Working as a kitty expert with cats of all kinds for over 25 years, Rita hasn’t met a cat she couldn’t help! She lives in Los Angeles and shares a home with her very own frisky felines and is a dedicated animal rescue volunteer.
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