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Should I adopt one or two kittens? — 3 Comments

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  2. I had a single cat in the past. Now I have two. I was originally looking for a single at after my previous cat had passed, but then the rescuer suggested “why don’t you take her brother too? If it doesn’t work out, bring him back after a week, he’ll still be a kitten, I’ll be able to find another home for him.” Of course, the moment I brought them home, I knew I’d not be able to give either of them up.

    Having said that, I don’t agree with requiring adoption of two cats. Kittens grow up. Having two cats instead of one can bring a number of issues:
    1. Veterinary costs. Two weeks after I’d brought my kittens home, I discovered they have ringworm. Treating it cost $$$ especially as I knew I couldn’t handle giving them dips, so I paid the vet to do it. I am fortunate in that I can easily afford it. Many people can’t.
    2. Possibly different health conditions requiring different diets when they grow up. For example, my boy, Hansel, is overweight while my girl, Gretel, is thin. Hansel eats her food, so she gets thinner and he doesn’t lose weight. People suggested feeding them in different rooms, but it’s not practical as they don’t eat their food all at once. Sure, I could try and make them, but if Gretel eats too much at once, she throws up. So I have to watch when they eat and remove her food when she leaves then gives it back when I see her looking. Doesn’t work very well when I have to go to work.
    3. Two cats may be bonded as kittens or even siblings as mine are, but they may stop liking each other when they grow up. I am fortunate that my cats still get along, but sometimes I wonder if their play fighting is still play fighting. Hansel is 1.5 times the size of Gretel, so she always ends up running away. At other times, they are OK, though, but stuff can happen.

    4. People who already have a cat at home may not want or be able to adopt two more. 3 is a crowd.

    So while I think people may be encouraged to adopt two kittens, making it a requirement may result in more kittens not getting adopted as people would just walk away. Additionally, it may result in more surrendered adult cats when kittens grow up and people realize they cannot handle two cats.

  3. While two kittens are certainly better not everyone is in a place where they can have multiple pets. Push comes to pull a kitten adopted to a qualified home is one less in the system. I might add that two cats are double the food, litter and yearly veterinary costs plus flea treatments and other necessities.

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