Does My Cat Need A Friend?

August 27, 2018

Cats are unique creatures who have distinct personality and character traits. As every cat owner knows, no two cats are the same! What works for one may not work for another, and rarely are there reasons that people can determine, for their preferences. Some cats may prefer a solitary life, while others may benefit from social interactions both within and outside their own species. If you’ve been thinking about introducing a new cat into the home, we urge you to consider the following suggestions:

Use your judgement based on previous experience

Consider times in the past where you have seen your cat encountering or engaged with other cats. If your cat has been in previous social situations with other cats and did not exhibit fear or agitation, your cat may benefit greatly from some companionship. On the contrary, if your cat has exhibited anxiety or aggression when seeing or smelling other cats, the stress of sharing their territory may not be well-received!

Match Personalities

Picking out the right feline friend can be tricky; just because your kitty likes one cat, doesn’t mean she’ll like another! Attempting to match feline personality types may ease the transition. A shy and timid cat will most likely feel overwhelmed by an active or playful cat and the same can be said in reverse. Similarly a bouncy kitten may be overwhelming for a senior cat.

Related cats make the most compatible companions

Many breeders, shelters and rescues will encourage adopting two cats at once at a discounted rate. Littermates and/or bonded pairs who were surrendered together can provide lots of mental and physical stimulation for one another and can support each other during the transition into a new home.

Are you prepared for the extra work?

Taking care of two cats is significantly more work than taking care of one. You will need room for at least 3 litter boxes. Each cat should have one for themselves and an extra one located elsewhere in the house. You will need extra food and water dishes, extra toys and extra space for them to claim as their own. A multi-level cat tree is a great way for each cat to establish his or her own “spot” in the house. Also consider the financial implications of the food, supplies and extra medical care that an additional pet would require over its lifetime.

Most people thrive off of social interaction and companionship, so it’s only natural that we would assume our pets do as well. However, cats have such unique personalities, it can be hard to know what they want. If you’re thinking of introducing a new cat into your home or adopting two cats at once, it is best to speak with a veterinarian to understand proper kitty introductions and ensure you’re prepared.