Those with cats seem to understand that the fuzzy little balls of insanity are not what you’d call pack animals. In the wild, cats aren’t really seen living together, hunting together, sleeping together, or playing together. Indoors however things can change just a bit. The typical housecat is much different from the typical outdoor cat, and one such difference is how their dynamic with other cats can change drastically. Those with no cats yet, or just one, here’s something to consider: The best option may be to own cats in pairs, and here’s why.
With cats, true, they are some of the best animals for being entirely independent, capable of going about their business with minimal involvement on your part, essentially just feeding them now and then and on occasion changing their litter box (and hopefully giving them attention as that’s the point of owning a cat, right?). But cats do get lonely, and the need to be loved and find attention will ultimately come down on you. However, add in another cat and that need is reduced quite a bit.
The goal is to find cats that are related to one another as kittens, or, failing siblings, making sure to adopt kittens in pairs since they’re more likely to get along with other cats when raised from a very young age. Teaching an old cat the notion of acceptance is neigh impossible, something I can attest to with Bubba, the most cantankerous cat when it comes others but the sweetest when it comes to me. If she had been raised with another cat when younger, she might be more willing to coexist in the same space with someone other than herself.
Having more than one cat does a couple of things. First, it keeps them entertained as cats love to wrestle with one another, meaning in their prime kitten years, they’ll have a playmate to tackle and chase. This also gives them a snuggle buddy when you’re not around, a key ingredient if you’re frequently traveling or just don’t have too much time to devote to them.
Another lovely perk is the ability of a cat raised with another to accept a new cat into the fold. A single cat living alone may not take kindly to a new addition. Two cats co-existing wonderfully usually won’t mind when a third is added to the house. As morbid as this may sound, when one of the pair passes on, replacing them is much simpler since, again, kitties raised with a friend are friendlier in turn.
There are some downsides of course, but that’s to be expected. Two cats will use twice as much food, their litter box will need to be cleaned twice as often, and the amount of trouble they could get in is magnified as one will no doubt encourage the other to perform mischief. Still, the reward for raising this furry pair is far greater than any of the less favorable aspects.
At the end of the day, the most important aspect to consider is this: You’re saving two cats instead of just one. Who wouldn’t like a good reason to do that?
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