Some of the best things in life come in pairs: cookies and cream, chips and salsa, macaroni and cheese. But would your Cat be better off in a pair? Do you find yourself wondering, should I get a second Cat?
Cats are family-oriented; they sleep together, share common feeding areas, and groom one another. That sounds like a no-brainer, right? Yes... and No. The easiest way to reach a two-cat household is to adopt two kittens from the same litter; they are already best friends and bonded from birth. However, maybe you already have a resident cat and think two cats equals twice the fun?
Adding a new cat to an existing one-cat household can be tricky, but don't fear! We've researched for you; here are some tips that can increase your chances of establishing a peaceful multi-cat home.
If Your Cat's Grieving, Wait a Bit
If a cat's best friend has passed away, some pet owners want to adopt another one. However, your kitty may be sensitive at this time. Just like humans, cats need time to grieve. The Cat might act more aloof, change his appetite, or change his personality if he is suffering. If you introduce a new cat too soon, it might backfire. Don't introduce your Cat to a new friend right away, and shower him with love in the meantime.
Consider Your Cat's Personality and Age
When deciding whether to bring a new cat home, you should consider your current Cat's personality and age. Once your Cat is older and used to being on its own, its reaction to a new cat in the house may be a little tougher to predict.
Introducing a new fur baby to your household requires a relaxed and chill cat. A second cat might not be the best choice if your Cat is already high-strung. Territorial cats sometimes take a while to accept a new cat into their home.
Age can also play a role. It is more likely that kittens will adjust to each other fairly quickly. There is a possibility that an adult cat will get along better with a kitten than with another cat of the same age. It doesn't mean two older cats can't get along. Match them based on their personalities and energy levels, and introduce them slowly. Older cats take longer to become friends.
Assess Your Living Situation
Your Cat might be fine without a companion feline if you work from home and she has lots of company. However, it might be a good idea to adopt a second cat if you are away a lot and your Cat is lonely. Make sure your new Cat has plenty of space to establish her own "territory" so the two cats won't be on top of each other constantly. Set up cat trees and condos, multiple window perches, and separate kitty beds to help achieve this.
How long does it take for your Cat to accept a new cat sibling?
The process of accepting a new cat sibling can take several weeks to several months. Older cats can exclude you once they begin bonding with their new cat sibling. It is not uncommon for older siblings to become very protective of their new cat siblings once accepted into the home.
There is no guarantee that your existing Cat will accept their new cat sibling immediately. But creating an organized plan in advance can only increase the chances of success.
Here are some quick tips for success:
- Create a sanctuary room for your new Cat.
- Feed them on opposite sides of the same door.
- Let your new Cat explore.
- Exchange the cats' bedding for a night.
- Monitor the cats' first encounter closely.
- Limit the time they spend together at first.
- If they fight, distract and separate.