Most of us started with a cat. Often, one alone considered sufficient for the balance and harmony of a family and integrates perfectly into the daily picture of her life.
We wonder if it is better to have one cat, two cats… more cats.
When the cat disappears, due to natural or accidental causes, often another, more or less like the first, takes its place. But what happens when a second cat appears in our life? Or more cats ?!
In this post, I will show if it is better to have one cat, two cats… more cats.
The cat is not a solitary animal
The cats nor is it a pack, like a dog. We can say with certainty that the perfect form of social organization for a cat is the family. But not your family, if that’s how you imagined it. A small family of cats is the “dream” of any cat. And that’s because you haven’t been receptive enough to fully learn the “speech” and cat habits.
Maybe you still understand some of what she “tells” you, but in terms of expression, you are repetitive. Only the cat’s intelligence and extraordinary ability to intuit make it possible for her to sometimes understand what you want to express. And that’s only when it suits them!
So, as you can see, there are many flaws in the cat’s vision.
The people in the house are just specimens of another species, with which the cat forced to share its home. They are perhaps a little more gifted (only in the sense that they can more easily open the refrigerator from which they can enjoy goodies to their heart’s content). Well, I’m kidding, don’t be sad, it’s not like that! The cat loves you sometimes.
But one day a new hypothesis appears! Do you feel like you’re craving another cat ?!
Adopting a second cat is a very prudent and responsible decision. The simple reason is that you can destroy the whole balance of the house by a thoughtless act.
If you are a single person who is away from home during the day, it is very good to take two kittens from the beginning. They will play and grow together so that you will not miss them. This advice is all the more true if you are moving toward a race that does not tolerate loneliness.
There are several alternatives for the second cat
It commended that the second cat brought into the home at a younger age. A 3-6-month-old kitten or a 6-10-month-old junior is ideal. If the cat brought is an adult, the accommodation with the “titular” cat will be done for a longer period (sometimes not at all). Surveillance will be much more difficult during the “accommodation” period.
It is not advisable to bring a male, even a kitten if you have one more. Only if you decide to keep them separate (which is much harder than you think) or castrate them. Thus, it is possible that between the two mature males, real “street fights” will break out in your house. The phenomenon is further attenuated when it comes to two brothers who grew up together. In some (more combative) races, but, this does not matter.
Many people who seek counseling in this area did so AFTER adopting their second cat. It would have been much easier to find out in ADVANCE, thus avoiding many inconveniences.
It is quite common to keep one of the kittens after the cat has given birth to one or more rows of chicks. This is an extremely wise decision, as long as you follow a few recommendations:
- do not keep a male unless you intend to castrate him, to avoid incestuous inbreeding,
- observe the mother cat’s affinity for a certain kitten in the nest and keep it; if it doesn’t match your choice, maybe you’d better wait for another row of kittens and decide with the cat that
- there are extremely “jealous” cats that will never stand that they can end up in second place; if you notice that the mother cat can’t stand the kitten you decided to stop, you better give up; but if the kitten has a special value, there are solutions to keep it, but only after a case study.
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The average accommodation time for a newly brought cat, when there is another cat, is about 8 days.
This period can be shorter if it is a kitten or if the “titular” cat is tolerant and happy with a companion.
At the first meeting, curiosity will follow by repulsion, manifested by “spitting” and other “expressions” more or less violently.
Many people make the mistake of separating the two cats so that they do not meet and do not get injured. It does not solve the “problem” by delaying the accommodation. Of course, this solution recommended in the first days, but only when you are away from home. The rest of the time, you have to take on the role of observer and even referee. This is to intervene if the “scandal” escalates. The accommodation will do gradually under your strict supervision and will end after about a week. If cat socialization doesn’t happen, think about it.
Defend your cat’s health!
In the first days, isolate the newly arrived cat. Then visit her veterinarian immediately. It will deworm it against intestinal worms, external parasites and give it the proper vaccinations. A thorough general consultation is also extremely important. This can detect any dermatological conditions in the early stages.
Unfortunately, few people understand and apply for this quarantine program. They thus prove a total unconsciousness and negligence with the health of their cat. The vast majority blinded by the kitten’s sweetness and his unique arrival in the family. So I immediately put him in touch with the “owner” cat, just to see “what he thinks.” The consequences of such a gesture are particularly unfortunate. Especially if the kitten taken at random from fairs or markets, where the sellers’ responsibility for animal health is almost nil.
Extremely unpleasant “surprises” can have family members who are usually in a hurry to “kiss” him and caress the newcomer.
Some (but not all) breeders understand the major risks involved in introducing a new cat into the home. Others, beginners, may make serious mistakes that will inevitably compromise their work for years.
In conclusion, a short quarantine period and a consultation with a veterinarian are extremely useful. Even if the kitten has a card attesting to his health.
Current treatments and vaccinations may not complete. They are in progress on the date you took it.
If the doctor has any suspicions, it is good to follow his advice and extend the quarantine until the diagnosis confirmed.
Don’t feed the jealousy of cats!
The first cat will be extremely cautious and will suspect that you love the new “tenant” more and that you pay more attention to her. Do your best to prove him wrong! It is not enough to be impartial. You need to give more affection and care to the first cat, to ensure that her position in the family is not endangered. Otherwise, they may decide to “take revenge” on you and your “intruder” in a specific way.
Although it will probably be very difficult for you, I recommend that in the first days you pay less attention to newcomers (or do it on the sly). In no case did he show sympathy for her ostentatiously and noisily, calling relatives and friends to show them the new feline.
Do not think that the first cat will not notice all this. I assure you she will be greatly affected by your ingratitude. Be warned about these issues you will not surprise by the inevitable consequences, the causes of which you may not identify from the beginning.
Sometimes these consequences can lead to irreversible changes in the character and behavior of cats. Both to each other and the masters. Char and as the years go by, you need to keep paying attention to the dose of sympathy and time given to each cat. But I assure you, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
The same advice applies to many cats. In the third cat,
it becomes somewhat more difficult, because a coalition of the two “holders” may appear against the newcomer. Another very little understood and surprising phenomenon also happens very frequently. Apart from the aversion of the two cats to the newcomer, there are “fights” and open conflicts between the first two, which until then seemed to be very well understood.
The situation is a bit more complicated from the fourth cat,
when they can already appear to the group interaction and when they can form reverse “camps”. It is also important to resolve conflicts, as well as to avoid new conflicts, caused by the inappropriate and sometimes irresponsible behavior of the cat owner.
In this sense, it is very advisable to evaluate very accurately the possibilities of housing and feeding animals, so as not to reach the other extreme of overpopulation, no matter how much you love them. Overcrowding with cats often has detrimental and unpredictable consequences both on their relationships and on their coexistence with humans. This phenomenon leads to irreversible changes in their character, even to the disappearance or alteration of some primary instincts inscribed in the genetic information.
Remember that the cat does not tolerate artificially created overcrowding (or pack)!
Not being able to leave, she changes and adapts her character to survive. Gathering dozens of cats on the streets – considered by some to be generosity – is not at all a charitable act, as it creates a concentration camp for poor animals. I want to assure you that, in freedom, they managed perfectly, and without the help of the “benefactor”. Unfortunately, once the addiction built, it is quite difficult to achieve a return to a free life.
So no one should adopt more cats than they can care for in the best conditions. I am referring here to the possibility of covering expenses related to healthcare, medicines and vitamins, and quality food. Perhaps more important than This is the time allotted for daily hygiene, for play or other events, but especially the living space. A cat needs 6-8 square meters in which to feel good, to organize its daily activity according to its needs. The passageways, the bathroom, the kitchen or other outbuildings that she considers adjacent to her base area are not taken into account.
In conclusion, if you only have one studio, it would be ideal to limit yourself to a maximum of two cats.
And one last tip: never underestimate your cat!
We wonder if it is better to have one cat, two cats… more cats.
No one should adopt more cats than they can care for in the best conditions. I am referring here to the possibility of covering expenses related to healthcare, medicines and vitamins, and quality food.
Perhaps more important than This is the time allotted for daily hygiene, for play or other events, but especially the living space. A cat needs 6-8 square meters in which to feel good, to organize its daily activity according to its needs. The passageways, the bathroom, the kitchen or other outbuildings that she considers adjacent to her base area are not taken into account.
If you only have one studio, it would be ideal to limit yourself to a maximum of two cats.
My example is that I have had and still have many cats. My family and I love them very much. But when I lived in a block of flats and the space became insufficient, I moved into a house with a garden. When this space also became insufficient, I moved again, to a bigger house and a bigger garden.
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