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2 Kittens, or 1?

post #1 of 12
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We're definitely going to buy a kitten soon, but after reading about having 2 kittens, I'm not quite sure whether to get 1 or 2 (siblings). Having 2 would mean the 2 siblings would be a lot happier, a lot more occupied and easier to handle. They will play together, snuggle up together, and this can be a real treat to see.
However, when we got Simba (our male kitten) about a year ago, he accepted the family as his friends. I can remember snuggling up with him as I went to sleep most nights. He did play with our elder cat of 4, Gumball, after about a 6 month period of Gumball ignoring little Simba, but Simba looking upon him as if he were a god.

My question is, if we do get 2 sibling kittens, will they stick together and not really accept the family as much as a single kitten would? Would you be able to snuggle up with, hug and pet them, without them wanting to return to their brother/sister? Or would it be like our experience with Simba, both of them accepting us, and wanting to be affectionate toward us? Also, I kind of want our Simba to be involved with the kitten/kittens, because he is still in that playful cat state. Would 2 kittens see him as a threat? Or would they look upon him as Simba looked upon our elder cat 1 year ago?
post #2 of 12
We had siblings...two sisters.
They got along well with the others, but they did prefer each others company to that of the other cats.
They played with the other cats but would seek each other out for mutual grooming and when they slept they always slept curled up together.

They got along well with and were very loving toward all the humans in the house...I keep saying "Where" because one of the Sisters passed away recently.

If you introduce them to the other cats slowly things should be okay, but you have to remember that just like people sometimes cats tolorate each other without ever really becoming friends.
It's really hard to say for certain that they'll "look up" to him it depends a lot on each cats personality.

I do have to add though that the siblings were here first and we added the others later...just the opposite of what you'll be doing.
But like I said every cat is different and things depend a lot on their personality.
post #3 of 12
I got 2 together... brother and sister. They are very affectionate towards me, especially the male. He sleeps on me every night. The female wanders around the house at night. Sometimes they will sleep together, but not usually. They are both lap cats, and will groom each other in my lap. I will never just get one cat again. Get 2!!
post #4 of 12
2 is always better than one! I actually got my cat, Suki, first...then realized she needed a playmate and got another kitty..and BOTH of them are pretty affectionate and loving towards the family. Plus, they keep eachother company when we are not home and LOVE grooming eachother
post #5 of 12
We got two siblings, brother and sister. We were worried that one kitten/cat would be lonely when we were out, and decided that for an indoor cat to never be lonely was better than for us potentially to have a single, more human-focussed cat.

They do get on really well, and often sleep together and groom each other. However, they are not constantly looking out for each other or being clingy to each other. And they love us - they are happy, affectionate lap cats in the making (they are almost six months old)!

I would recommend getting two if you can - but I'm sure many people who have just one cat would say their cat is very happy!
post #6 of 12
i got a pair almost 10 years ago, & altho they loved each other, they also loved to snuggle with me, too! it also made me feel better knowing they had each other when i was at work all day. i recommend getting a pair.
post #7 of 12
Another very good reason to get 2 littermate kittens rather than one is that when they come into your house, they will play with each other and this actually decreases the stress on the resident cats. If you bring in a single kitten, it will try to engage with your resident cats and it will stress them out initially. With 2, the resident cats will watch them for a while then engage with them when they are ready to. So introductions are a lot simpler.

I have a number of sibling pairs in my household. They bond with each other, bond with other cats and bond with us. It's a good thing all around.
post #8 of 12
When we got Sophie we had the option of taking two or just the one, and we made the mistake of taking just one.

For our home, it would have been better getting two that could play with each other so that he wouldn't be constantly trying to play with our senior cat, who is now very angry and annoyed all the time.

I guess it depends on the situation...I wish we had gotten two, because just the one seriously changed my older cat's personality.
post #9 of 12
When we got Sophie we had the option of taking two or just the one, and we made the mistake of taking just one.

For our home, it would have been better getting two that could play with each other so that he wouldn't be constantly trying to play with our senior cat, who is now very angry and annoyed all the time.

I guess it depends on the situation...I wish we had gotten two, because just the one seriously changed my older cat's personality.
post #10 of 12
I just want to add, make sure the two you get (if you adopt two) actually like each other. My first childhood cats were sisters, my dad picked them out from a friend's litter and brought them home. Unfortunately those two kittens were very, very different in personality and didn't get along very well. It turned out all right for me, since my favorite kitten bonded very strongly to me and no one else. The other kitten was pretty much a loner (and still is, 17 years later).
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by momto3cats View Post
I just want to add, make sure the two you get (if you adopt two) actually like each other. My first childhood cats were sisters, my dad picked them out from a friend's litter and brought them home. Unfortunately those two kittens were very, very different in personality and didn't get along very well. It turned out all right for me, since my favorite kitten bonded very strongly to me and no one else. The other kitten was pretty much a loner (and still is, 17 years later).
when i got Pixel & Mouse, i chose Mouse from the litter, because she was blue, & i had always wanted a blue cat. i told the owner to pick her best friend from the litter for my 2nd kitten [secretly hoping it would be the blue point male] & that was my tuxie, Pixel. they were best friends until Mouse went to the bridge.
post #12 of 12
Since Saedie is alone she wants my attention 24/7. If I ignore her she will sit by my feet and meow until I play with her. I really don't mind it, but if you are always busy and out of the house a lot getting two kittens would probably be better.

When you have two kittens, they might not bond with you as much as one kitten would. It really depends on the cats though. Some may like people more than cats and some like cats more than people.
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