Post # 1
We have 2 male kittens right now. Stanley is about 7 months old and Oliver is about 5 months. Both are already neutered, indoor cats and they get along well. We are overseas military (relevant, I promise) and we are moving home to the states in a little over a year. Our boys will be coming with us.
My neighbor was just informed that they are moving back stateside on short notice. They have 2 large dogs and 3 cats and they are being forced to rehome the kitties. She has asked me if I would like their youngest kitten, another male who is around 3-4 months old. This new cat is super sweet and extremely affectionate and already LOVES me. This neighbor is a good friend and the cat already knows me.
Question…. How big of a transition was it from 2 cats to 3? Did it make a huge difference? Do we officially qualify as crazy cat people if we get a 3rd cat? I know the transition from 1 to 2 was a little stressful. Share any stories or information you might have, please!
Also, what the heck do we name another cat? Our kitties names are a pair (Stanley and Oliver, Laurel and Hardy).
Post # 3
My FI had two cats when I met him. A few months ago my mom found two kittens that a stray cat had abandoned in her back yard. We raised them by hand and now have four cats. The two older cats are great, life with two four month old kittens is an adventure! The biggest thing for us was right after we got the babies, I found out I was pregnant, so I have not been of any help with cleaning four litter boxes. The two youngers are not sheading so no increase in the cat hair. But boy do they eat. I love my little cuties and would not ever give them up!
Post # 4
I only have two, but my best friend has four – she said from 2 to 3 she didn’t even notice, but from 3-4 somehow doubled everything – if the kittken knows and loves you already and your other kitties are mellow, go for it! As a side note, it took me about 3-4 weeks to get my first cat (at 9 months old) to accept the second one (9 weeks old). I was worried I was going to have to take the kitten back to the shelter! But after a few weeks of swapping their bedding back and forth and monitoring them (kitten crated while other cat was in the room to allow sniffing and observation) the older one did accept him and they are fine together. Good luck!
Edit:as a name, how about another classic comedian – Harold (Lloyd) or Charlie (Chaplin)
Post # 5
@zippylef: LOL I’d probably feel a little like a crazy cat lady but I wouldn’t be able to turn down a cat knowing there is no other positive alternative for the cat.
Post # 6
I have 3 cats and 1 dog. Started out with just two cats. I didn’t notice a huge difference in getting a 3rd cat. We had to up the litter box count. though. Also they’re all very playful. So sometimes they sound like wild rhinos running through the house. 🙂
And because who doesn’t love cute kitty pictures? 🙂
Post # 7
I adopted my 3rd kitty last year and it really wasn’t that big of a difference. We only have a place to put one litter box in our apartment so the only change adding a 3rd was that we have to clean the litterbox twice versus once a day to keep things civil in there.
Post # 8
We’ve had up to four and never really noticed an increase in work from 2. My MIL had 6 at one time but lives in a large house so she never seemed very crazy cat lady lol. Some have since passed away and if it wasn’t for the lack of elder care, I don’t think she would have noticed going from 6 to 4. I feel like after you hit two kitties, there isn’t that much difference when adding a few more.
Post # 9
I think it really depends on the needs of your particular animals. My fiance and I both came from homes with multiple cats, and it really depended on the situation of the animals in particular.
For instance, jumping from 2 to 3 young, healthy cats will probably not make a huge difference in your routine. If you do wet food, that’s just one more dish to put out, an extra 30 seconds or so twice a day, no big deal. It will also entail cleaning the litterbox more.
I think you’re more likely to notice an extra cat if they have special needs in terms of care. For instance, my FMIL has had up to 5 cats before, without it being a lot of trouble. She was down to three after the death of a couple due to old age, but inherited three elderly cats after a friends death. Now, she is very overwhelmed by the six because they have issues. One of the existing cats doesn’t like to use her litterbox. One of the new cats has diabetes and needs insulin twice a day and a special diet. Two of the cats need to be fed upstairs, the rest downstairs. One will only eat if fed on the countertop. Two of the cats hate each other and cause constant problems if they accidentally amble into the same room. Another is deaf and likes to yell. They also all get wet food twice a day.
So the moral of the story is that as long as there is little drama between the cats, and they all have relatively normal needs as far as cats go, it’s not likely to be a huge change. If that’s not the case, then it can be a big deal.
Post # 10
After 2 you hardly notice the 3rd. Good Luck!
Post # 11
Since cats are pretty low-maintenance, it probably wont be too much of a change, just more food/water and more litter box changes. 🙂 Though you should also consider the vet costs of another cat as well. Good luck!