Behavior

January 2011 Issue

Two’s Company — Sometimes

Should you adopt a second cat? You should consider the difference in age and mix of personalities first.

Cats are naturally solitary creatures; in addition, they are also naturally independent and self-sufficient traits that we alter and/or suppress when we domesticate them. The idea of a second cat can be very alluring: "One cat is so entertaining and such a wonderful companion two would be twice the fun!" Or, "I want to do my part to ease the burden on my local shelter and give one more cat a good home." These are common thoughts for cat owners and may, in fact, be true; however, the decision to add a second feline family member should not be taken lightly. A second cat can either add joy and companionship, or it can add strife and mayhem.

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