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Becoming a Multi-Cat Household

Posted September 22nd, 2020 by daniel

So, you already have one cat, but have decided that your fur-buddy needs a playmate. After all, having another cat can’t be that much different than just one- right? And, better yet, having a second cat means they can play together and entertain each other- not to mention provide you entertainment and pleasure, too!

But how do you select a second cat? Will all cats get along simply because they are cats? Will the age of the cats make a difference? If you are entertaining these questions then you are on the right track towards multiple pet ownership.

Considerations for Becoming a Multi-Cat Household

When it comes to becoming a multi-cat household there are a few things you need to keep in mind to help make the change as smooth as possible. For instance:

  • If your ‘single’ cat has never socialized with other cats then adding a new cat to the house may cause more problems than good. Quite often, cats are hostile to other unrelated cats. If your has been around other felines and seems accepting of them, then adding a second cat can be more successful.
  • While there is no completely conclusive evidence, it is recommended that if you have an older cat already, it is better for all involved if the new cat is younger as the older cat is more likely to take on a parental role with newbie.
  • If you do decide to take on an older cat as a companion for your existing older cat then it is better to take on one of the opposite gender. However, studies/experience has found that two older males will get along better than two older females.

Another consideration- if you do not currently have a cat, but have decided that now is the time to add a couple of kittens to your home then endeavor to get cats from the same litter. Typically, cats are very family-oriented creatures and as such, are happier when paired with each other rather than introducing ‘someone’ new. However, if it is not possible to adopt littermates, then try to get two young kittens close in age, as the earlier they are introduced the better the transition.

It should also be noted that certain breeds of cats are more compatible with others thus making it easier to become a multi-cat household. These cat breeds are-

  • Birmans
  • Persians
  • Ragdolls
  • British Shorthairs
  • Ragamuffins
  • Main Coons
  • Norwegian Forest Cats
  • Siberians
  • Abyssinians
  • Scottish Folds
  • Devon Rexes
  • Manx Cats
  • Sphynx

There are also cat breeds that are not as compatible and eager to have a new cat added to the household. This list includes the following:

  • Siamese
  • Bengals
  • Orientals

Becoming a multi-cat household is a big decision, but can have definite benefits for you and your furbaby(ies). If you are considering adding another cat to your household, we would love to share our experiences of being a multi-cat home, as well as pet sitters for multi-pet families. Also, if you have any comments or experiences to share, we would to hear those as well.

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