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Owning a Cat - Is One Better Than Two?

Mar 9, 2008
Cats make wonderful pets and companions and the joy and love they can bring to a household is beyond measure.

But there is one burning question that must be answered when searching for a new pet:-

'Should I get one cat or two?'

Single pet ownership certainly has its benefits. Your new cat or kitten will lap up all the attention available and will benefit from being the centre of attraction. Your family will love the pleasure of playing with it on a one-to-one basis.

Additionally, the cost of owning a solitary cat will be relatively low. It will be much easier to budget for your pet's food, bedding and veterinary costs than if you owned two animals and the opportunity for conflict between feline house-mates simply won't arise.

But would you be making the kindest choice to choose just one cat? Would having another cat to share companionship with ensure that your cat will be happy?

Briefly, the benefits of owning two cats are:

Companionship for each other - particularly if you are out at work all day.

Feral cats will live in social groups and that sociability is carried over into domesticity. Cats enjoy eachother's company.

The best way to ensure compatibility is to give a home to kittens from the same litter.

More pleasure for you!

Remember though, it would be foolish to ignore possible disadvantages of owning more than one cat. Some points to consider are:

Greater costs relating to food, medical bills, boarding fees.

Although cats are sociable animals, not every cat lives comfortably with a companion. Some prefer a solitary life.

A multi-cat household is likely to be at greater risk of behavioral problems.

You may find that your pets prefer to remain in their own company rather than share yours.

Once you have considered whether you wish to choose one or two new pets, do make sure that you see several different cats or kittens. You will find that you quickly get a good idea of which individual animals suit you best and you will be able to choose the right one - or two - for you.

With this knowledge, you will be in a good position to successfully select just the right animal for your needs - either one that will be happy living alone or two cats that will live companiably together.

And whether you choose to give a home to one or two cats, be sure to enjoy your new family members!
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