Although cats as generally solitary hunters, it doesn’t necessarily mean they like living alone. But there’s this trending common misconception that cats are loners and are best kept as solo pets.
Which, of course, explains why many cats today are living alone without experiencing the benefits arising from relating with other felines.
The truth is that most cats are very social and enjoy being in pairs. If you are planning on adopting a cat, read on and find out why two cats are much better than one.
1. Two Cats Help Each Other Cope with Boredom
We typically leave our cats behind for many hours every day while we go to work or attend to other activities. So, when you only have one cat, it is likely that he or she can become very bored, which often leads to unfortunate outcomes.
For example, the cat can become depressed, overweight or even start developing bad behaviors. Therefore, if you are coming home to shredded curtains and toppled vases, it is time to consider getting your cat a good friend.
Living with buddies keeps them entertained throughout the day, thus keeping them away from trouble. Whether it is playing or just cuddling, two cats can keep each other company and stay happy.
2. Cats Teach Each Other Important Life Lessons
One of the major recommendations for adopting two cats is bringing them to your home when they are still young so that they can develop together and build stronger bonds.
By design, kittens are vibrant energy machines, and once you adopt them, you will find that they are quite playful.
While playing is perfect for keeping them entertained and occupied, it also serves an important role of teaching cats the essential life skills.
Some of the life skills include how to use the litter box properly, proper posturing for balance and many others. Since cats learn through observation, having two cats helps make the learning process easier.
3. Two For One
Most shelters are overcrowded, and they look for creative and appealing ways of getting more pets to become adopted.
A common trend in cat adoption nowadays is “adopt one and get one free” type of deals. Some shelters use this strategy to help ensure even the less-adoptable cats get a chance to be adopted.
Your second cat could essentially be a huge bargain.
4. Save Two Cats at the Same Time
A rewarding reason as to why two cats are better than one is the fact that you have given the invaluable gift of love to the second kitty.
Most shelters are forced to kill some pets to maintain a healthy environment and avoid overcrowding.
By choosing to adopt two cats, you get to save these two precious fluffy lives and give them a chance at living a life that is full of happiness and love.
You will also enjoy seeing the two cats play together and the great warmth that cats bring into a home.
5. Avoid Weight Problems
Feline obesity is a huge health concern that every cat owner should take seriously and address immediately without delay.
Obesity will negatively affect your cat’s healthy desire for engaging in physical activities, thus compromising their quality of life.
Also, a significantly overweight cat can also develop serious health complications like diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis. As mentioned above, two cats will stimulate each other and spend more time playing. Your two cats will be more active and avoid just sleeping throughout the day.
They will get the exercise they need and therefore not likely to put on unnecessary weight or get any weight-related health issues.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when adopting two cats or more:
Take kittens from one litter
Kittens from one litter are already comfortable with each other and will have an easier time settling in their new environment without any difficulty.
Introduce the two cats gradually
Generally, it is much easier to incorporate two kittens together as compared to full grown adult cats. This behavior is because cats are naturally territorial and thus they need to be given time to accept a new cat into the home.
Remember that you need to adopt kittens or age mates with similar activity levels for easier integration.
Rey and Reina aren’t siblings, but they are best friends. They were each rescued individually, but were adopted as a pair—and they love each other just like family!
One of the most important ways we can support the behavioral and emotional development of a kitten is to make sure they’ve got a friend. Despite the common belief that cats are solitary animals, they’re actually incredibly social beings who thrive when they have feline friends from an early age. That’s why I always recommend adopting two kittens, or adopting a solo kitten only if you already have another young cat in the home for the kitten to befriend.
It may come as a surprise to hear this, but two kittens are actually half the work of one! Giving your kitten a buddy will improve the lives of the cats while also making your life easier.
Seven Ways That Kitten Friendships are Beneficial
Learn by Observation – Kittens learn by observation and will more quickly pick up skills like using the litter box or grooming if they have another kitten or cat to teach them.
Focus Play Aggression – Having a friend means they can take out their play aggression on one another (instead of on you.) They’ll also teach each other good boundaries about biting and scratching. Read about biting behaviors in kittens and how having a playmate can help!
Entertain & Enrich – When your kitten has a buddy, they’ll always be entertained, active, and enriched. And a happy cat makes a happy home!
Keep Out of Trouble – One mischievous kitten can be destructive if left alone, but two kittens tend to keep each other occupied and out of trouble.
Easier Intro to Adult Cat – If you have an adult cat at home, two new kittens may be easier to introduce into your family than one. While one kitten may nag an older cat, two kittens will keep each other company while the older cat watches from a distance.
Comfort in Friendship – Having a pal will help your kitten settle into a new home. Just like humans, kittens have an easier time feeling comfortable trying something new if they’ve got a friend to do it with them.
Bonded Pair Adoption – It’s easier to adopt a bonded pair than it is to introduce a new cat later. Adopting a dynamic duo ensures that you’ll have a harmonious home for years to come!
It’s Like I Always Say: One Kitten is Half a Kitten. Two Kittens Are a Whole!
If you’re set on adopting only one kitten, I recommend doing so only if you do have another playful cat in the home already. A kitten can certainly adapt to life with a young cat, and will benefit from the feline mentorship. However, I strongly advise against adopting a solo kitten into a home with no one for them to befriend!
Want to Introduce Two Kittens From Different Litters?
That’s great! Kittens don’t have to be blood relatives to become best friends. Just be sure to have a quarantine period and introduce them carefully! Watch this video to learn about how to safely introduce a kitten to a critter from another litter:
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Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created kittens in litters!
Kittens need interaction with other kittens for healthy social development.
A kitten learns a lot in the first several months of life from its mother and littermates. Separating a kitten from its mother is often a necessity for adoption purposes, but taking it away from its littermates and isolating it can delay the kitten’s development emotionally, socially, and sometimes physically. Kittens who are able to remain with one of their littermates or a similarly-aged companion tend to be healthier and happier, and in the long run, better socialized pets than those who are isolated from others of their kind at an early age.
Even loving, caring, humans are not adequate substitutes for kitten companionship
Even if a person is fortunate enough to be home quite a bit, the amount of attention a lone kitten will demand is likely to occupy more time than the person has available. A pair of kittens will definitely still want to interact with people, but can keep each other occupied. Most cats, regardless of their age, are highly sociable and are truly happier living with other cat companions. This in turn makes them better pets.
Kittens are curious and crave constant stimulation
Out of boredom, a single kitten will often entertain itself by chewing plants, climbing drapes and furniture, unrolling toilet paper, exploring electrical cords and sockets, etc. Kittens who live with other kittens may sometimes do these things as well, but if they have another kitten to tumble around and play with it is less likely they’ll need to entertain themselves with behaviors like these, which can be destructive and dangerous.
Kittens bite and wrestle with one another—this behavior is normal
You can’t preventa kitten from doing what comes naturally, any more than you can force a two-year-old toddler to sit still. Though it’s not acceptable for a kitten to bite and wrestle with its human companions, in the absence of having a littermate or companion its own age to play with, this is precisely what a single kitten will want to do. Even if you are willing to allow (and can tolerate) this behavior from your kitten, by the time the kitten matures, you will end up with an adult cat who has developed very bad habits (i.e., biting and scratching as “play”).
Kittens are very active at night
A single kitten is likely to keep people awake at night with constant jumping, pouncing and other “hunting” behavior. With a companion to play with at night, this behavior is minimized because they will have each other to chase and play games with until they too fall asleep.
A single kitten is not a good companion for an older cat
Kittens have boundless energy. They want to play and run constantly which typically overwhelms and irritates an older cat. Likewise, a kitten is apt to be frustrated that its companion doesn’t have its same level of energy. At the very least, this can lead to two very unhappy cats. At worst, behavior problems such as litterbox avoidance or destructive scratching can occur as one or both cats act out their frustrations on their surroundings. It’s unlikely that the two will have a close, bonded relationship, even after the kitten matures, since their experiences with one another from the beginning of the relationship are likely to be negative. An older kitty is better matched with a cat closer to its own age and temperament.
Most Rescues requires that young kittens be adopted in pairs unless you have an existing kitten or young cat at home. This policy is to ensures that the kittens we rescue, nurture, and love are adopted into homes that offer the best possible environment for their social development and life. We understand that some people will still want to adopt a single kitten. Most rescue groups have similar policies regarding kittens, therefore, we suggest you adopt from a local animal shelter to help save a life.
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Bonded pairs are common in nearly all animals, and cats are no exception. In fact, you’ll often find that there are more bonded pairs of cats in homes, animal shelters and rescues than any other kind of pet.
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat or kitten, your perfect match could come with a forever friend. Before you say no to having two cats in your household, consider some benefits to adopting the two together.
What is a Bonded Pair?
Despite their independent natures, cats are social creatures that need companionship to thrive
A bonded pair of cats have spent most, if not all, of their lives together, either being raised as kitten siblings or long-time companions. As a result, the relationship between a bonded pair usually runs deep.
Bonded relationships can run so deep it can greatly affect one or both cats’ well-being if the pair is broken up. This is why shelters and rescues work extra hard to keep the pair together, knowing that separating them could cause problems with eating, behavior and their overall health.
What makes bonded cat pairs so special? Double the snuggles and fun, of course. But there are a few more reasons why you might consider adopting two instead of one.
Pairs are Happier
Despite their independent natures, cats are social creatures that need companionship to thrive. Left alone, a cat can develop behavioral problems, and in some cases, even show signs of depression.
Cats in bonded pairs, on the other hand, are more likely to be better adjusted. Much of this comes from how the two interact and share day-to-day activities, like eating and playing together, and finding comfort in each other.
Pairs are Healthier
Just as with humans, anxiety can cause all sorts of health problems in cats, including hair loss and heart problems. What’s more, a cat with anxiety can develop stress eating, which only makes health problems worse.
Cats that come in pairs tend to be healthier and live longer than single cats because they often get more exercise, which keeps their hearts healthy and reduces their stress. Additionally, exercise lessens the risk of having an overweight pet, and can add years to their life.
Pairs Learn from Each Other
No matter what their age, cats learn valuable life and social skills from their mother, siblings and other cats. However, these lessons may not stick in a cat that’s left alone, which could lead to behavioral problems.
In bonded pairs, cats continue this education with their built-in companion and playmate. Through hunting, socializing, playing and observation, bonded cats continually learn from each other how to behave at their best, and the consequences of their actions.
Pairs Stay Entertained
Work and social obligations can make it difficult to keep one cat entertained. And when boredom strikes, a cat can become agitated and destructive.
A two-cat household offers plenty of opportunities for cats to stay entertained by providing a good amount of social interaction and mental stimulation. Whether they’re wrestling, snuggling or exploring their surroundings, bonded cats are happier and less bored than their single-cat counterparts.
Pairs Make Happier Pet Owners
While food and vet visits can double with two cats, so do the benefits of having a bonded pair.
Because two cats tend to live happier and healthier, there’s less chance of bad or destructive behavior, which means less damage to furniture and belongings, and happier pet owners. But the best reason of all to adopt a bonded pair: double the affection.
If you’re browsing pet shelters with plans to bring home a furry feline friend, chances are you’ve come across the occasional bonded pair: two cats seeking a forever home together as a dynamic duo.
While double the cats may seem like double the work, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, there are several benefits to bringing home a bonded pair of cats. If you’re on the fence about whether to adopt a bonded pair or stick with a solo, read on to see if bringing home bonded cats is right for you.
What is a Bonded Pair?
While cats may give off the impression of being independent, antisocial creatures, this isn’t quite true. Cats are instinctively social creatures, no matter how aloof they seem—and some are more social than others. Specifically, a bonded pair consists of two cats who have formed a deep, special connection, and are essentially best furry friends for life!
Bonded cat pairs are commonly litter mates, but they don’t necessarily need to be related in order to form a strong bond. Perhaps they were introduced to each other at a young age, or spent a significant amount of time together growing up.
While it’s not as common, it’s also possible for two adult cats to become bonded while living together, even if the second cat was brought home at a different time than the first. However, simply living together isn’t the same as being a bonded pair.
How to Tell if Cats are Bonded
While they still have their own individual needs and personalities, bonded cats tend to do many things together. Some pairs have stronger bonds than others and do nearly everything together, while others are content with their own space as long as they know their feline counterpart is nearby.
If you find your cats sleeping and snuggling together, it’s a sure sign that they have formed a strong bond. This is especially noteworthy because sleeping is when cats are at their most vulnerable, meaning they feel safe and secure with each other. Bonded cats may also rub their bodies and faces together to exchange scents, which is a sign of comfort and familiarity.
When they’re not sleeping and/or snuggling, they may simply sit or stand near each other and touch tails; intertwining tails may also be another method of exchanging scents. They may also groom each other , which is a sign of love and affection in addition to simply being efficient!
Bonded pairs are also each other’s primary playmates. They will play (and play fight) together , often with a good understanding of their furry counterpart’s limits.
When separated, you may notice your cats calling out to each other to find each other. If one cat is away (at the vet, for example), you may notice excess vocalizing and distress in the kitty who’s left behind while she searches for her pal.
Pros and Cons of Bonded Pairs
Some may find double the cats to be double the fun, while others may find it to be double the work. Taking home two kitties at once may or may not be the right choice for someone looking to adopt for the first time, so take some time to research the pros and cons of bonded pairs before making a decision.
With a bonded pair, your cats each get a built-in playmate. Instead of wondering whether your pets will get along , you already know that you have a bonded pair of best friends.
Having a built-in playmate is beneficial for two reasons: socialization and exercise. In addition to being relatively well-adjusted if you happen to bring home another pet down the road, your two kitties will have each other to chase and “hunt” in order to satisfy their prey drive . Not only does this give them opportunities to run around, it prevents unwanted destruction around the house from a stir-crazy cat.
With the constant companionship, bonded pairs tend to experience less separation anxiety when you leave for the day. Because they have each other, your kitties won’t need to rely as heavily on human interaction. Plus, they’ll have the comfort of each other during any potentially stressful transitions, such as moving from a shelter or foster home to their new forever home.
Of course, there’s also the benefit of giving two cats a comfortable home. You can get double the love without necessarily having to double the effort. After all, if you’re already prepared with toys, food, and a litter box… what’s one more cat?
Because many potential owners only want one cat, bonded pairs are susceptible to longer shelter stays as they wait for the right person to bring them home.
Some pet owners worry about the additional expenses, such as pet insurance and vet visits, not to mention extra toys, food, and supplies. However, if your cats share a strong enough bond, they likely won’t mind sharing toys, food, and a litter box , either.
That being said, keep in mind that there may be unique issues, such as only one of the cats having food allergies or being especially picky about their food and litter.
Additionally, in the event of separation—even if temporary—both cats will feel anxious until reunited.
What Happens when a Bonded Pair is Separated?
Think of your bonded cats as soulmates who should absolutely not be separated, as this can be a deeply traumatic experience. There’s a reason shelters identify bonded pairs and don’t allow them to go to different homes.
Unfortunately, sometimes separation is inevitable. If one cat gets lost or passes away, remember that it’s just as heartbreaking for the other cat as it is for you. Keep an eye out for signs of depression such as loss of appetite, lethargy, reclusiveness, or excessive clinginess. It’s important to work through the grieving process together, giving your cat extra attention to help her cope with the loss.
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PAWS’ Old City Adoption Center is open! It is housing cats and prioritizing approved adopters with appointments. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Dog adoptions are by appointment at our Grays Ferry location or directly from foster homes. Our Northeast Adoption Center remains closed to browsing. PAWS cats are also now available for adoption at PetSmart, 1415 Washington Avenue!
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When you adopt a pet from PAWS, you truly save a life. PAWS is the city’s largest rescue partner and is dedicated to making Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.
- Cat (6 months of age and older): $60
- Kitten (under 6 months): $100
- Pair of Kittens (under 6 months): $150
(Fees do not include PA sales tax.)
The following services are included in the adoption fee. Before going home, your new cat or kitten will be:
- spayed or neutered;
- vaccinated for: panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calici (for kittens, the first in a series that should be completed at your veterinarian’s office or by returning to a PAWS clinic) and rabies (for cats three months and older);
- dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed after adoption);
- treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly after adoption to stay flea free); and,
- microchipped. Your Found Animals microchip will be registered in your name at the time of adoption and your contact info can be updated any time.
Cats must go home in a cat carrier for safety; you can bring one with you or purchase at our adoption centers.
Ready to get started? This brief online form is the first step to bring home your newest family member.
Reed and Rowan, 6-month-old purring machines, are the longest residents at the Clifton Animal Shelter in New Jersey. The siblings were brought to the shelter with their mom and two brothers who have all gone to forever homes.
Photo courtesy of Clifton Animal Shelter
“We call them the dream team. They sleep on top of one another, and they purr while sleeping, eating and playing,” said Liz Taranda, vice president of the shelter and cat room manager. “They are lap cats who love to be held together while giving nose rubs to whoever is holding them.”
The brothers are bonded and will only be adopted into the same home. It’s not unusual for shelters and rescue groups to encourage potential adopters to adopt a pair of kittens rather than going home with one cat.
The Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue in San Jose, CA, requires that young kittens be adopted in pairs unless adopters have an existing kitten or young cat at home. According to the shelter, this policy is not based on a desire to increase adoptions but rather to ensure that kittens are adopted into homes that offer the best possible environment for their social development.
There are many benefits to adopting kittens in pairs
Besides saving two lives, there are many advantages to adopting kittens in pairs. Kittens tend to need more time and attention than adult cats and two together will keep each other company. The acclimation to a new home will go smoother, too, because a bonded pair of kittens won’t need separate transitional rooms. All they require is one litter box and two dishes (also true when adopting an older bonded pair of cats).
Kittens need interaction with other kittens for healthy social development.
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“When you adopt a pair of kittens you get double the unconditional love,” Taranda said. “Having two kittens together also makes it easier if you have to go to work every day. They are at home cuddling and spending time together instead of feeling lonely and crying at the door all day waiting for you to come home.”
Staff at the Clifton shelter never try to convince potential adopters to take two kittens if they only came looking for one cat. It’s not unusual, though, for visitors to go home with double the fun after observing kittens interacting with one another in the playroom. Sometimes it’s an older bonded pair that wins the hearts of visitors.
That’s what happened to Tracey Pirozzi when she visited the Clifton shelter after losing two of her cats within six months of one another. She wanted a companion for her one remaining cat. A longtime volunteer and animal advocate, she asked to meet cats overlooked by other visitors. Pirozzi ended up adopting a pair of bonded 4-year-old siblings and named them Mystique and Mikah. They were hard to place because they were black, older cats who couldn’t be separated. The pair has settled beautifully into their new home.
“There’s definitely an advantage to adopting two cats together,” Pirozzi said. “They keep each other company and play together, which definitely deters them from getting into mischief.”
Bonded siblings Mystique and Mikah love sharing the same home.
Image courtesy of Tracey Pirozzi
Why it’s a good idea to adopt kittens in pairs:
- Kittens need interaction with other kittens for healthy social development. A kitten learns a lot in the first several months of life from its mother and littermates. Kittens who are able to remain with a sibling or a similarly-aged companion tend to be healthier and happier, and in the long run, better-socialized pets than those who are isolated from others of their kind at an early age.
- Even loving, caring, humans are not adequate substitutes for kitten companionship. A pair of kittens will definitely still want to interact with people but can keep each other occupied.
- Kittens bite and wrestle with one another—this behavior is normal. Though it’s not acceptable for a kitten to bite and wrestle with its human companions, in the absence of having a littermate or companion its own age to play with, this is precisely what a single kitten will want to do. Even if you are willing to allow (and can tolerate) this behavior from your kitten, by the time the kitten matures, you will end up with an adult cat who has developed very bad habits.
- A single kitten is not a good companion for an older cat. Kittens have boundless energy. They want to play and run constantly, which typically overwhelms and irritates an older cat. Likewise, a kitten is apt to be frustrated that its companion doesn’t have its same level of energy. It’s unlikely that the two will have a close, bonded relationship, even after the kitten matures since their experiences with one another from the beginning of the relationship are likely to be negative. An older kitty is better matched with a cat closer to its own age and temperament.
Source: The Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue in San Jose, CA.
Cat Behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett’s article Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Doubleoffers good information on the benefits of adopting kittens in pairs.
Cats are surprisingly social creatures, though the range of sociability varies. You may have noticed that there are felines who do not enjoy the company of other cats, and some even struggle to be in the same vicinity as other cats. However some cats form very strong bonds and become what is generally known as a bonded pair of cats. These cats become dependent on each other, and to ensure their happiness (and even health) must be adopted together.
How do you know two cats are actually a bonded pair?
It is not hard to tell when two felines become a bonded pair. Once they bond they will spend the majority of their time together. They will eat at the same time, play with one another, groom one another, sleep together and lounge together. If they are apart and one of them shows or vocalizes any type of distress the other will quickly appear out of nowhere to protect his friend.
This is not to say that bonded pairs don’t take time to themselves, and just like human siblings, there may be fights, and even times when they avoid one another all together.
There are cats that live in the same household for years and simply co-exist, and then there are bonded pairs that are inseparable. It is very important for rescuers to know when two cats from the same home can be adopted out separately, and when they must go together.
Separating a bonded pair is very traumatic on the cat. They will mourn the loss of their companion, they can become depressed, and even develop behavioural issues.
This is why it is so important for shelters to adopt bonded pairs together no matter how long they have to wait for a home.
When can cats become bonded?
Usually as kittens
- Strong bonds between cats often happen when they are young.
- Litter mates adopted together are most likely to form this very strong connection. Like any siblings they will fight at times, but they will become inseparable and very protective of one another.
- Two kittens adopted from separate litters can also form this same type of connection. They will become as bonded as any biological duo. They may initially hiss at one another, but this will not last very long, especially when they are very young.
Sometimes as adult cats
- Older cats who are social can become very close when they find themselves in the same home. Though it generally takes longer for adult cats to become bonded (if it happens at all).
- There is generally a hierarchy to figure out, emotional baggage to sort through, and boundaries to draw. Cats are very individual and not all personalities will merge as nicely as others. For example, shy cats tend to become very attached to confident and submissive felines, but may be completely overwhelmed by confident and dominant ones.
And even at unexpected times…
- The most interesting feline bonds are the ones we see forming at the shelter. Two seemingly independent felines will suddenly become attached after arriving at the shelter from two completely different backgrounds.
- There is usually a distinct progression of the relationship. One cat follows the other one around while the other one pretends to be bothered by the intrusion. Then over time the latter “gives” in and accepts the former. It’s like a well-choreographed dance. The bottom line is that once the bond is formed it is as strong as any other, and the cats need to be adopted together.
Adopting a Bonded Pair of Cats
If you are looking for a feline companion for your cat then a bonded pair may not be your best choice. Your cat may become the “odd” man out. However if you have more than one cat, or if you have no cats, then bringing a bonded pair home is a great idea for many reasons:
- They will never be lonely and you don’t have to feel guilty if you need to be out all day.
- You already know that the two cats you’ve adopted will get along.
- They will adjust faster to their new home if they have a trusted buddy by their side.
- Having two cats isn’t much more work than one, but it certainly is twice the love.
- You are saving two lives.
Some people worry that a bonded pair may not be as affectionate to their human family since they already have a best friend, but that is rarely the case. The relationship between the cats is different than the relationship they have with us. We play a different role in their life, and let’s remember – they need someone to snuggle with when they are fighting with their “sibling”.
By: Magda Romanow
Magda has been involved with animal rescue groups for 22 years. She opened up her own cat shelter 18 years ago and it has grown tremendously ever since. Katie’s Place specializes in hard to place cats. They are a “last chance” shelter. The shelter is always full, as is her home.
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