Although cats do hunt alone, which has to do with the size of their prey, they do not live alone. Individual hunting has generated the myth that cats are solitary animals. This is wrong. Cats have a highly complex social behaviour.
If kittens get separated from their mothers too early they cannot develop adequate social behaviour.
They simply don’t understand other cats. It happens more often though that contrary to their natural needs, cats are kept alone and then find themselves in a shelter or end up at our organization. Every now and again, these cats cannot be socialised again. In such individual cases we adopt our cats to guardians planning to have one cat only. Apart from that, we turn down applications for single-cat households and do not rehome cats in this form of pet keeping.
And these two kitties should match too.
A few guidelines can help us here, which are not generally binding, but help us make decisions.
The cats’ ages should match. An old lady won’t show much tolerance to a rowdy. Although this aspect gets less important with increasing age, it needs to be taken into consideration for younger cats by all means.
ame-gender cats get on better with each other on the long run. Even cats of opposite genders from the same litter, inseparable as kittens and young cats will live simply next to each other or won’t understand each other at all when they get 4 or 5 years old.
Or even more than two?
That’s a sensitive topic. If you’d like to share your home with more than two cats you need to be aware of a few things. Here’s a list of the most important ones:
If you don’t mind, you get and understand it all, and you’d still like to have more than two – here are our tips for you:
Discuss it with your family – including possible negative consequences. You can avoid overreactions in advance this way. If you are well-prepared you’ll get lots of joy from your new flatmate(s). Good preparation is half the battle.