Post # 1
So, we have a 4 month old kitten named Stanley. He’s very sweet and cuddly but he’s fairly hyper and has started peeing on things. We have him scheduled to be neutered next week.
We’ve been considering getting him a playmate. We think some of his behavior is because he is bored and lonely. Are cats better alone or in a pair, in your experience?
Post # 3
@zippylef: It really depends on the cat. I think 4 months is still young enough that Stanley should adapt, so it would be better now than when he’s older.
My cat is strictly meant for a 1 cat household. I’ve been dying for a kitten, but Darling Husband is insistent that we wait until this cat has had her time, he says bringing home a kitten would be cruel.
Post # 4
I agree with @Quietserenity, it all depends on the cats! We have two cats and even though they are far apart in age, I can tell they enjoy playing with each other. Granted, our (much) younger guy loves to play for frequently than our older girl, but I can tell it keeps them both from getting bored at home.
I think getting another kitten when yours is 4 months now will be perfect.
Post # 5
In my opinions they are better in pairs. We adopted a kitten and shew as really hyper really energetic and she was tearing the room apart. We got another kitten and it took a few days for her to adapt but they became the best of friends
edit- she stopped her misbehaving once they started getting along we bought a bunch of toys and they loved it
Post # 6
It really depends on the cat.
I think that if you are wanting a second cat – the earlier that you introduce the two, the better! My cat wouldnt do well if I introduced a second at age 6. Shes too territorial.
Just remember, two times the cat, two times the poo to scoop out of the box!
Post # 7
I agree that it depends on the cat, but kittens are very adaptable. I grew up having only one cat at a time. Darling Husband and I adopted our two current cats together when they were 4 months old (they’re brothers) and honestly it’s much easier than having one. I never believed people when they told me that, but it’s true in my experience.
Yes, there is more food and more litter to clean, but they keep each other entertained and get into so much less mischief having each other to play with. They’re 2 years and 4 months now (we actually adopted them in October so it’s their 2 year anniversary with us, yay!) and I couldn’t imagine having one without the other.
Post # 8
It absolutely does depend on the cat. The younger the cat is, the easier it is for them to accept another cat in their territory. In my experience, more cats than not enjoy having playmates, but of course there are exceptions. If you do look for a playmate, it is probably best to get another kitten (or young adult). If you think your current cat is dominant, look for a more laid back cat.
I adopted a young cat a few months ago. He is a total sweetheart, but he began exhibiting play aggression (playfully attacking our feet). We went to the SPCA where we adopted him, and they agreed it was likely he was lonely because he had been so used to being around other cats. We got another cat, he accepted her immediately! They are great friends now 🙂
Good luck to you- I think chances are another cat would make Stanley happy.
Post # 9
We have 2 cats and it is MUCH better then when we just had one. Of course it varies from cat to cat but overall statistics show that cats benefit from having a playmate and companion. Our older female cat has taken a mothering role to the younger boy. This article has some fantastic advice
Post # 10
We got two cats at the same time and it was the best decision! While we are at work, they have each other to be with. They play with each other, and there is nothing cuter than seeing those two cuddled up together! I would definitely get two…it’s nice to have a playmate!
Post # 11
I think we’re going to get him. It’ll be 2 male cats. He’s 7 weeks old.
This is the picture the lady sent me. We’re thinking about naming him Winston, the lady has been calling him Oliver.
Post # 12
I was once told “If you have room for one, you have room for two”. We plan on getting another kitty eventually from the shelter. I feel the need to rescue every kitty, so we may end up with 3 or 20. Haha.
Post # 13
@zippylef: ohh!!! Hes soooo cute! And I love that name!
I have 4 cats now. We just got another one after finding him in a parking lot. Hes only about 9 weeks old. They are all doing well, you can tell the oldest one, shes about 5, is like “ok, another one….just stay away from me” lol but she still sleeps on the bed with us. But the youngest one who is 2 loves having him to play and cuddle with.
Post # 14
I personally would advise against a second cat. My cousin has taken in sick cats one at a time for the last 20 years and has never had a problem with the cats being lonely. It’s allowed her to fully devote her time to a happy and healthy kitty 🙂
Post # 15
@zippylef: Oh my goodness, he is absolutely precious!
Post # 16
I had 1 cat and it was fine. Now I have 2 cats and it is also fine. It maybe depends on the cat? But in general I do think that 2 cats are really no harder to take care of than 1. Just more cuddles and also more vet bills 🙂