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post #1 of 12
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I'm sure this has been discussed before but I can only find information about having 2 cats. I just moved out with one of my friends and my sister and we have 2 cats. The cats we have now are a girl that is 7 months and a boy that is 8 weeks. The girl is spayed and the boy will be neutered when he's old enough. It took a few days for them to warm up to eachother but they are inseparable now. One of my other friend's cats just had kittens and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to add another one? Our house is big enough to house three if space will be a problem. Thanks so much for the help!
post #2 of 12
i have FOUR cats... and two ferrets... a husband and a two year old daughter in a 2 bedroom apartment lol if im doing it you can do it! but i also make sure each pet has individual attention a day and i have funds set aside for vet care.
post #3 of 12
I don't see why not. If you can afford them, the food, litter, toys, and vet costs, especailly neutering then go ahead and get another kitten. Remember that the kittens should be with their mothers until at least 10-12 weeks so don't let your friend try to give them away too early.

Also, your 8 week old can be neutered as soon as he hits 2lbs. He should be 2lbs. right around now so you can probably have him neutered asap. Just don't wait until 6 months, he may start spraying and become agressive and even try to get outside and mate well before then.
post #4 of 12
Just remember - one box (at least) per cat is needed, but that never stopped us from acquiring more babies!
post #5 of 12
honestly since we got our third cat theirs been more peace in the house


my 2 cats use to fight all the timebut now with the third cat everyone lives happy??? I really DO NOT UNDErstand this???
post #6 of 12
GO for it! Like Jen said if you can afford all the costs then by all means adopt one or two of those kittens!!
post #7 of 12
I have four cats, two boys and two girls. Sometimes there ARE issues, but basically I have one happy family.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Larke View Post
Just remember - one box (at least) per cat is needed, but that never stopped us from acquiring more babies!
actually, if you're good about keeping the boxes scooped, you can get by with less... i have 4 cats & 3 boxes, & it usually isn't a problem. unless, his majesty Chip decides there is not one clean enough for him.
post #9 of 12
Ok, 3 boxes, 4 cats, seems to me people spend more time cleaning multiple boxes than necessary.

We have 6 cats and only one box. The box is cleaned 2-3 times a day.
We use scoop-away and it works great. Not once has any of the 6 cats done their business outside the box (the box is a high-sided box and there's usually 3-4 inches of litter in it).

We're in a 2 bedroom duplex, multiple boxes just isn't feasable, cat accessories would end up taking up more room than the two of us do!

Used to be we had only 3, but took in 3 feral kittens from a neighborhood cat (neither mom nor dad were feral), kept them in the bedroom locked up and away from the other cats for about 3 weeks. They had us around at night and at other times while we got them used to us, then introduced them to the adults with no problems at all (at the time). Got the parents fixed, so they're happy now. Only problem is, we just couldn't give the kittens up, so now we have 6!

The adults are Mia (calico/tabby), Oreo (black/white and always looks like she's grinning), Mario (Siamese mix, not sure with what, but he's big and very soft of fur). Kittens are Leo (looks like a small lion, blonde tabby), then there's the two grey/white, almost twins, but can tell them apart by a small black spot on the nose of one. They are Simon and Garfunkle (Simon has the spot).

Andy
post #10 of 12
when i was growing up still living at home with my parents we had 6 cats (all rescued off the streets) and we only had 2 litterboxes that we kept fairly clean...and none of my cats ever had a problem with it. i never heard the litter box "rule" until i started coming on this site. i have 2 cats (one of the ones from my parents house) and a new one we just adopted a while ago (tiger 4 yrs and emma 4 mnths) and only 1 litter box and it's just fine.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by llandyw View Post
Ok, 3 boxes, 4 cats, seems to me people spend more time cleaning multiple boxes than necessary.

We have 6 cats and only one box. The box is cleaned 2-3 times a day.
We use scoop-away and it works great. Not once has any of the 6 cats done their business outside the box (the box is a high-sided box and there's usually 3-4 inches of litter in it).

Andy
You will often see multiple boxes suggested-even for a single cat- just because some cats do not like to urinate and defecate in the same litter box. In other cases cats will not use the box if they don’t feel it is clean enough or in more extreme cases refuse to use it if it has anything in it. In some multicat households one of the cats may start to bully or block the other cats from using the box, so several boxes in different locations are suggested to help avoid accidents. All cats our different in what they will tolerate and prefer, so when counseling new adopters we would always try to suggest more boxes and other ways to make things more attractive to the cat to help them avoid any potential problems in the future.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by llandyw View Post
Ok, 3 boxes, 4 cats, seems to me people spend more time cleaning multiple boxes than necessary.

We have 6 cats and only one box. The box is cleaned 2-3 times a day.
We use scoop-away and it works great. Not once has any of the 6 cats done their business outside the box (the box is a high-sided box and there's usually 3-4 inches of litter in it).

Andy
i understand - & if mine could be cleaned personally that often, i might be able to do with less. but i'm gone anywhere from 8-12 hours during the day - i don't like coming home to clean up poo on the bed or elsewhere! if having an extra box or 2 prevents that, i'm all for it! mine are also automated boxes, again - so that they stay scooped even when no human is there to scoop.
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