Contrary to behaviour myths about being loners, most cats do well with other cats; here are reasons why and tips for adopting two cats or more! Although in the wild cats hunt alone, that does not mean they want
Flea and Anthony are a pair of bonded kitties currently looking for their fur-ever home (it will need to be the same home)
to live alone. In fact some of you may know about bonded kitties! Because of this misconception, many cats are destined to live alone, without the benefits that come from socialising with their own species.
Most are social and enjoy the company of other cats, especially bonded pairs. And, cats who don’t initially know each other often become best buddies after they are gradually introduced. Others enjoy each other’s company by simply hanging out together in the same room. Here are three reasons to live with two cats (or more!) at a time:
George and Dora a pair of bonded cats that are currently looking for their fur-ever homes (it will need to be the same home)
1. Two cats can chase away each other’s boredom Often cats are left alone for hours every day with very little mental or physical stimulation while their favourite people work long hours. Singletons can become bored and morph into couch potatoes, become depressed or develop troublesome behaviours. Living with a buddy or buddies keeps them all entertained — playing, cuddling and sometimes just sharing a room together.
2. Kittens provide fun for each other and teach life lessons. Kittens, by design, are little energy machines. Everyone and every item in their world becomes a target for stalking, pouncing, and play. It is impossible for people to become full-time playmates for these little ones. A built-in perfect solution is adopting more than one kitten — they keep each other occupied and entertained. In addition to keeping busy, youngsters learn valuable life lessons when they play with each other. Playing teaches social and hunting skills, and it helps the youngsters understand and define boundaries. Simultaneously, playing with each other builds muscles and helps develop coordination. And, watching kittens play together is a never-ending source of entertainment for all the members of the household.
Astrid and Ophelia, some more kitties currently looking for their fur-ever homes
3. Adopting another cat saves more lives Adopting cats who are buddies or introducing a potential friend to a resident kitty saves lives. Every time a cat is adopted from a shelter, a new cat takes the adopted one’s place, eager for a new home. Adopting cats makes room for more.
So next time you consider adopting a kitty take a moment and consider the benefits of adopting a pair or more!