Cool Cats


Is your cat lonely? Consider two cats!

By FamilyTime

 

If you worry that your cat is lonely, you may be onto something. Cats are sociable animals, despite their reputations for independence. They crave company, attention, and play time.

Chances are you can't adjust your schedule so that you can spend more time with your feline friend, so consider finding him or her a playmate. A second cat.

A New Cat in the Mix

Many cat owners dread bringing a second cat into the household, anticipating spats and screeching skirmishes. Unlike dogs, cats usually need a good amount of time to adjust to the "intruder," but for the most part, they do. There are instances when two cats simply can't get along, but these are fairly rare.

In general, the following combinations of cats seem to work best: two kittens; a mature, neutered cat and a kitten; or two mature neutered cats. Mature males who are not neutered can be aggressive. (They don't make great housepets, which is why you should always consider neutering male cats.)

Understand your current cat's personality before introducing a new cat. An active cat is more likely to accept a new kitten. A quieter, more reclusive cat might prefer a mature, adult cat as a companion.

It's normal for the first cat to hiss and spit at the newcomer when they first meet. It's equally normal for this behavior to continue for weeks or months while they work out their differences.

You don't have much to worry about unless fur flies. If they fight seriously, separate them for a few days and try again. If you can't control their hostility after a few weeks, you might have to give one of them away. Most cats learn to get along, although you may be discouraged by how long it takes.

Integrate the Cats into Your Household

If your cats exhibit personality conflicts, you can reduce the tension between family felines by making sure each has enough personal space and personal possessions to fulfill its needs.

Make sure you have at least one litter box on every floor and that they are easy to get to. To avoid territorial conflicts between cats, install litter boxes in various locations throughout the house to avoid the exclusion of one cat from another cat's territory.

Change the litter often.

Be sure to keep plenty of clean, fresh water available for your cats at all times. Keeping bowls in multiple locations throughout the house might be a good idea.

Keep scratching posts and beds in several locations to accommodate all the cats in your household.

It's possible your two cats will never cuddle with and groom each other, but that does not mean they don't enjoy each other's company. They will provide interest for the other when you are out of the house. They may chase each other up and down stairs, over furniture, and in and out of the bedrooms, hissing a little as they do. This is cats having fun.