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Get two cats if no one is at home during the day — 3 Comments

  1. For smaller animals it is law in Switzerland that you must take them in pairs. I think its a very good idea. When I look at classifieds he for cats many of them are in pairs and single ones are requested to go only to homes with at least one other cat. There are of course a few ‘only cat’ requests for those cats who prefer no other cats.
    I think the best way to avoid traumatising a cat ever is to adopt it with a littermate. I believe Molly and Gigi have never had any kind of fear or trauma – they have always had eachother even when they moved here. It was my intention for them to have eachother to play with growing up and generally it means you have a happier fulfilled pair of cats. I’m sure lilly would have played with just one but not as much and its not the same. It makes so much sense to take two litter mates. Especially for those who work like I do and are away all day. People think it means more work but it might just mean the opposite if you think about it. Gigi and Molly still chase eachother around my place and wrestle and its a joy to watch them and I believe they are much better for it.

  2. Yes it’s far better to have 2 cats to keep each other company, our cats have always chosen us and we have always had a male and a female come along together as if planned.
    Until our present pair broke the sequence, after we rescued Walter we chose Jozef as 7 kittens needed homes quickly. Although he did actually choose us in a way when he toddled across to us from the basket of kittens.
    I always used to think one of each are more likely to get along than 2 males or 2 females but then when Popsy came into our lives she and Ebony became the best of friends very quickly.
    Now I know it’s more about purr-sonality than which sex they are.

  3. I totally agree with this we had Ozzie then when he was about 5 months old we got Alfie to keep him company whenwe were at work. Ozzie kept hitting Alfie on the top of his head to start with then in no time at all Ozzie adopted him. They used to snuggle up and Ozzie would wash him, the funny thing is Alfie would try to suckle Ozzie (even though he was already 10 weeks when we got him) and Ozzie would let him until he got too close to his tender bits then it was game over!! lol 🙂

    They are 4 and a half and 4 now and get on well most of the time with the odd fall out then all hell breaks loose! They don’t snuggle anymore because the are big boys now.

    Honey came to us 18 months ago with 4 beautiful kittens (the local CPL asked me to help out) I found homes for her kittens and although we didn’t really want another cat because we were worried the Alf/Oz balance would be upset (I believe there is a fragile balance in all cat households) we kept her anyway as no one would take her and because she is very sweet natured. She has never so much as spat at either Alfie or Ozzie never mind hurt them. So my fears never materialised; the balance was maintained they all get along really well and its Honey amd Ozzie that snuggle now and yes! they keep each other company when I’m at work 🙂

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