two-kitty-love-sm Quite a few years ago, 16, to be exact, when Chuck and I were “adding to our furmily” (a couple kitties at a time), the lady we got them from asked us if we were “going for ‘cheaper by the dozen'”.

And by the time we ended up, we had 6!

Actually, we had some of the same thought processes that many “new pawrents” might–such as for us it’s a good idea to adopt two cats at the same time so they can keep each other company, especially if you work or are otherwise away from home for any length of time.

Now whether the lady had posed that to us or not, we would still have gotten more than one as they were the cutest little furballs and we loved them before we even met them–she had sent their photos to us.

However, in the veterinarian realm of things, Oscar E. Chavez, DVM, MBA, Member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, postulates, “The general answer would be no, don’t get two cats, unless they are young and of similar age, and/or were raised together.”

He further states, “It’s more likely to stress your cat out than provide a companion.” Says Dr. Chavez, “People assume cats do well in multiple cat households, but that’s far from the truth. Cats are not small dogs. They are not pack animals, and they prefer to be solitary most of the time.”

I can see where he’s coming from as we had a situation with our “first furmily of four”‘; those furbies consisted of Snowflake and Muffy (two females), who pretty much grew up together. After they had both reached about 7 or 8 years of age, we introduced two more kitties; Scooter (female) and Jonny Cat I. These additional two were “up there in age, too”; maybe 6 or 7 each.

Scooter and Snowflake bonded well. Jonny and Muffy bonded. But when the four came together–well, they were never really together as Muffy seemed to not be able to “abide” Scooter. There was hissing when they were around each other (fortunately no paw fights) and Muffy always took a “wide berth” around Scooter when she walked by her. Additionally, sadly, Muffy spent a lot of her day in the basement away from us all.

Dr. Chavez added, “If you do decide to introduce a new cat, the introduction must be slow, all interactions must be supervised, you must have at least one more litter box than cats, and each cat should have his or her own territory, climbing area, bed, etc.” Additionally, “Cats do not share readily.”

So while expanding a cat household is not recommended by at least one veterinarian, the bottom line is it will be your decision. Especially since you know your cat and how he or she may interact with a new addition. And for every “no, don’t do it, because of this or that” there could be instances where the intermingling was successful.

All in all, if you go slow and put your current cat first, with care you ought to be able to add a furball if that is what you decide you want to do.

And while I’d love to add to another furball now, I’m holding off as I just don’t think these “senior cats” would eagerly accept another one. Unless the addition would be a kitten of sorts–who is eager to “walk all over them”.

Yours in deciding furmily expansion,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Perhaps your “new” kitty would like something like this to cuddle with when his in-house pals (your other cats) lose interest.

Quotes from Dr. Chavez, via The Daily Cat