If you are considering getting a cat, you may have heard that getting two cats is better than one. If you are just looking to get one cat, your future feline pet will not be severely deprived if you do not get another with it. A cat can live a happy life as the only cat in the house. At the same time, cats are more social than we may have at one time believed. There are several good reasons for why two cats are better than one.
Likely, you do not have all your waking hours free for entertaining your new kitten. You do not have to worry so much about your new cat’s mental health when there are two of them to interact with each other. The stereotype for cats is that they are independent loners, but after some time alone, they do eventually get bored and lonely. When two cats have each other’s company, especially if they are from the same litter, they will have no problem with a lack of activity.
Society and Exercise
Likewise, cats can get lonely after a time, despite their seeming “don’t care” attitude. Along with having an endless supply of mental stimulation, the two kittens will simply have the benefit of a constant companion as well. Kittens especially need more exercise and play than older cats too, and so the two together can help provide all the fun they need.
Another benefit that two kittens provide each other is that they can sharpen and help guide one another. If one kitten is doing something, the other is likely to follow. For example, if one kitten is a very picky eater, it will be more likely to curb this pickiness and continue eating daily if its brother or sister is eating the initially rejected dish. Another instance is in training. If one cat properly uses her litter box, the other cat will very quickly follow suit. With each other’s company, they’ll also be less likely to scratch up your furniture.
If anything, having two cats in the house is better than one cat in a home and another living out its days in the shelter. Kittens are more likely to get adopted than dogs, but some cats do end up staying in the shelter. Plus, taking in two cats is not much more expensive than taking in one cat. Cats can share litter boxes, beds, and toys with no problem. All in all, having two cats, for multiple reasons, can be better than one!
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