Two = Twice the Love

by Rita Reimers

Cats are like potato chips, it’s hard to stop at one. And really, you shouldn’t. Despite the myth that cats are loners, cats are actually highly social creatures and are 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 for you, as well as for the cats, since they will look out for each other, play together, and keep each other company when you are busy or away from home.

Benefits

Here are a few ways that cats and kittens benefit from being adopted in pairs:
• Emotional Well Being: Cats and kittens that 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, and they will both be happy to greet you with love and affection once you return home.
• Socialization: Cats having the stimulation of another cat will remain active and social, while a cat that remains isolated and alone all day may become unresponsive. 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 kitten 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. If you already have an adult cat, or if you work long hours, adopting two kittens will be much easier for you. Also keep in mind that kittens who grow up alone often acquire bad behaviors, such as biting, that can be hard to break once they become adults.
• 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, and 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 that is 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 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 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.

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 August 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Thanks Ed, I appreciate your support!

Thanks for stopping by CNA!

Eduardo August 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

God, I love your blog. That kitty picture to the right is ADORABLE!. Cheers and keep up the good work :).

Ed.

CNA Practice Test August 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

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