(Closed) Should I get two cats or just one?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

definitely 2.  we have two and i wouldn’t have it any other way.  get them at the same time.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We have a cat, and we are happy with just one. 

We work long hours and we are hardly around during the week, but we get so much attention when we come home!  She doesn’t seem to be affected by being alone for many hours and I don’t think she’d get along with other cats.  Cats aren’t like dogs that like to be in packs.

Remember that twice the number of cats means twice the food, twice the litter box, twice the vet bills, and twice the energy.  I am happy with just one. 

I know that I am in the minority here…

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@sweetchiquita12:  Yep, those pictures were taken on the same day, within about fifteen minutes of one another, haha! Those cats are smart, they know where your attention is and how to get you to focus on them.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

I don’t mean to hijack the thread or anything, but my SO and I just adopted a stray that we found. He is so sweet, and we would love to get a sibling for him, but we have a nasty roommate who apparently hates animals. I have a small dog that I brought from home when we moved in, and now we have the kitten. Our rooms are separated in the apartment, but he is for some reason really annoyed by the pets. They are usually in our room as that is where everything for them is, but when we are home we have them out in the common area to play with us, which our roommate never even leaves his room when he’s home. We have to live with this guy at least until next August, but we really want to get a buddy for our kitten! He will be about a year old by the time we can get rid of the roommate, so will he still be accepting of someone new coming into the house? He gets along alright with my dog, but the dog is 13 years old and pretty much doesn’t leave the bed.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

@sweetchiquita12:  Definitely with your work schedule I think two would be better. It may be a bit more expensive, but maybe you can work something out with the vet if you bring them both in at the same time? I make sure my pets are always updated on their shots and everything, but I also know some people who have indoor cats who are 15 years old and haven’t been to the vet since they were a year or two old, so I guess it’s more of a matter of what you think is necessary as far as healthcare goes. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

my parents just got two cats and they are just the cutest terrors!  I think having more than one pet is so much better for them – they have a companion while you’re away, etc.  definitely get two!!

 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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@beetee123:  I know a bunch of people who have gotten a second cat later, and the first one is usually pretty territorial for a while but they eventually become friends (or at least tolerate each other)…  There’s a whole way to introduce them which involves keeping them separated, letting them get used to the smells, etc etc.

Does your lease say anything about pets?  Does the guy have allergies etc?  If not, I dunno, I’m not sure you should put your life plans on hold unless there’s a valid reason the cat would really bug this guy…

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a big fan of multiple cats, as long as they like one another! Some cats are just meant to be only cats.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another vote for 2!  Having said that, I have 3 and introducing the 2 younger cats (siblings) to my first cat (who was about 2 years old at the time) started Kitty War 2008.  It was 4 weeks of my first cat hating the kittens, and steering clear of me as well.  She finally accepted them and now is fine with them but it was a rough go at first.

Given the potential challenge of introducing 2 cats to one another, if you want to get 2, get siblings or cats from a resuce agency that are sheltered in the same foster home (and hence already know one another).  I get emails every week (super sad) from the rescue agency we used, and they always have litters to adopt so it should be very easy to adopt 2 siblings.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

Get two.  I think they do better with company.  They chase each other around, they cuddle with each other when we aren’t home.  If you only have one IMO that one gets ornery.  I’ve had just one cat before and she got into EVERYTHING.  I think just because she didn’t have anyone to play with during the day so she had to create things to do.  I went through more toilet paper when I was single with one cat than I do now with 6 people in one house and 2 cats.  That darn cat would unroll the toilet paper everyday and SHRED it.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

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@sweetchiquita12:  I agree with you on keeping them healthy and up to date! My sister hasn’t taken her three cats to the vet probably since the follow up appointment to them being fixed, and they’re fine, but IDK I don’t think I could do that personally. I am just overly involved with my cat’s health though LOL. Like we have a little insurance plan for him and everything. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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@cdncinnamongirl:  good advice, although I will say we got two kitten from two different shelters and after 2 days, they were best buds.   I think kittens are pretty open to bonding with other kittens, especially when they’re introduced to a new place at the same time.  You run into trouble when one has already established your house as “his” house and an interloper comes into the picture.

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Two, for sure!  It’s best of you get two from the same litter so they grow up together.  We have sibling kitties, and they keep each other company, play with each other, and I think keep each other out of trouble.  When they were little they cuddled and napped together all the time 🙂 They rarely do that now, but they still groom each other and play together every day.

And because who DOESN’T love pics of kittens 🙂 Here are Luna (gray) and Pippin (brown tabby) as kittens, and now (hiding in a cupboard in the kitchen!):

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