Behavior

May 2015 Issue

So You Want to Add One More Cat?

Consider expense, time and the real determinant: the impact on your household’s current pet population

If you’re debating whether to bring home a new cat, you may stop and wonder: Do I dare add one more? We love animals, but the point comes when we should stop adding them to our households and hearts, whether due to our current pet population, expense, time involved in caring for multiple pets or this basic point about feline nature: “Cats are mostly happy as only cats,” says animal behaviorist Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., emeritus professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. It may seem that a second cat could provide companionship for your lone feline or that a new kitten could enliven an old cat, but Dr. Houpt cautions, “If you have a cat, there are lots of things you can do to improve the quality of his life — but getting another cat is not one of them.”

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