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 First and foremost: cats are not solitary animals!

Wild cats are an exemption from this. They are in fact genuinely solitary animals. In this article however, we’re talking about domesticated cats.

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.

People can’t substitute for a fellow cat. If you are thinking about sharing your life with cats, think of two.

And these two kitties should match too.

Guidelines

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:

1
Cats need a living space with a sufficient number of retreat options. You can make the most of your home if you forget thinking in square metres only and – similarly to cats – take the various levels of your space into consideration. Capacities still have their limits. To put it differently: you need enough space.
2
The rule of the number of litter boxes: one litter box per cat plus one. You need space for that too.

3
Keep costs in mind. High-quality food is costly – you can reckon with about 50 EUR per month, not to speak of litter, toys, treats and possible treatment costs in cases of diseases. Please remember: a disease might be contagious and can spread in your household. 
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In most cases, a pack of cats won’t have a permanently stable structure, so you might experience quite some hustle and bustle every now and then.

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:

If you’re not a “pro”, there should be no more cats than helping hands in the household
An odd number of cats will lead to issues more frequently than an even number of kitties
Increase your stress tolerance especially at the beginning when introducing the cats to each other.
Call us if you need counselling.

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.