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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi all!
I grew up with cats and had a cat for 13 years after moving out on my own. After she died I felt like she couldn't be replaced so for the last 5 years I have been alone (well...there is my wife and 2 boys!). I'm now ready to get a new friend but I have a question. I have always had just one cat at a time. Is it any better to have two? Do they keep each other company or is it just constant fighting for turf? Thanks for any advise.

Rob B.
post #2 of 21
If you get a young cat, about 2 years or younger, I would strongly advice gettting two cats. You will go nuts with how energetic they are when they are young and how many things they get into. An older cat will do very well alone and often times would prefer not to have another young cat bothering them and trying to get them to play. Cats get along very well after they adjust, the younger the quicker. Our cats couldn't live without eachother and have a fit if I take one out of the house. Enzo is especially sad when one goes to the vet. When our female was spayed he layed around crying for the next two days.

Good luck with your cat search!
post #3 of 21
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #4 of 21
I always recommend adopting in pairs and littermates if you can find them. They will keep each other company while you are away, and if they are young when you get them, they put a lot of energy towards each other and won't drive you completely batty. Of course if you want a single cat, the older shelter cat is a great choice!

Welcome to the site and please post pictures once you adopt!!
post #5 of 21
I also agree to adopt in pairs. Cats are social animals, if you adopt in a pair, when you/your family can't spend time with them....they have each other.

There is also the fact that you could adopt a kitty who doesn't like other kitties, they are harder to place. You can often find adult pairs....or like PJ & Punky in my siggy who are 5 months old & bonded completely....
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the replies and welcomes. I think I am really leaning towards getting 2. I am going to try for littermates which shouldn't be a problem out here where I live. Lots of farms with "Free Kittens" signs by the road. I'll be sure to post pics as soon as I find my new family members. I'm getting sooo excited! My wife keeps laughing at me cause of the big dorky grin I get every time I talk about it. I waited too long!
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post #8 of 21
Welcome to TCS! Good luck in your search for kitties, and keep us updated!
post #9 of 21

Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Hopefully you can find kitties to add to your family
Two kittens are always fun & they always have each other

Best Wishes to you & your family! Enjoy the forums
post #10 of 21
Hi Rob, welcome to TCS.
So glad you've joined us!

I always had just one cat until 7 years ago, when I adopted my 2 kitties, who are litter mates.
Daily, they have a play fight for turf....
good exercise.
I would never adopt just one cat again unless it was an older kitty from a shelter.
I hope that you stay with us here at TCS and when you adopt, be sure to share pictures.
post #11 of 21
well seems like u already decided but i wish i adopted 2 at the same time - same age ....even though I have 2 now, 1 6month and another 8 week, not a huge age difference but it would have been easier to handle them together!

One thing for sure, you will LOVE them! :-D

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Originally Posted by MD Ever View Post
Thanks all for the replies and welcomes. I think I am really leaning towards getting 2. I am going to try for littermates which shouldn't be a problem out here where I live. Lots of farms with "Free Kittens" signs by the road. I'll be sure to post pics as soon as I find my new family members. I'm getting sooo excited! My wife keeps laughing at me cause of the big dorky grin I get every time I talk about it. I waited too long!
post #12 of 21
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)
It would be terrific if you can to adopt to some poor soul from a shelter!.....
See you on the forums!
post #13 of 21
Hi there Rob we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

As you can see from my siggy, my two indoor kitties get along just fine. One is nearly 4 years, the other nearly 3 and they didn't meet until 2 years ago. They very quickly became inseparable.
post #14 of 21
Welcome, Rob!
post #15 of 21
Greetings from another newbie, and have fun looking for your new kitties - having had one cat only and also multiple cat periods, I think the key is how much time and attention the cat(s) will have and, secondarily, how "people-oriented" you want a cat to be.

Like, if your family always has someone around the house and everyone loves cats, and you want a cat to be socially oriented to people, then get one cat. On the other hand, if the house is going to be empty except for feline(s) during the day, or if you like the idea of seeing cats relate to one another as cats as well as to the human household, then get more than one.

You note I don't say, then get two...because if you're like me and you are taken to see a litter of cute little fuzzy kittens, you might come away with more than two...
post #16 of 21
Hello Rob, my name is John, welcome to the site
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well again, thank you all for the welcomes. I found my new friends. We got them from a shelter in our area. Nora is almost 5 months old and Domino is almost 4 months old. Not quite littermates but they spent time together in the shelter and they get along great. They are acclimating very well to our house and are great with the kids. Anyway, here they are...

Domino (Dom)


Nora


the two together


I'm in love already!!!
post #18 of 21
I vote for two. My first cat was much happier when I got the second. Two cats will take care of each other's incessant playing needs -- I don't think we poor humans can play enough to satisfy them.

Wrote that before reading that you'd just gotten Nora and Domino - they're adorable! Many many years of happiness with them.
post #19 of 21
OH my what a perfect name for Domino!!! They are both adorable! Welcome to TCS and Congrats on the new additions to your family
post #20 of 21
What absolutely gorgeous babies you have there!! Congrats!! I think you have definitely made the right decision
post #21 of 21
Oh my goodness...
Domino & Nora are adorable together.
I can see why you fell in love with them.
Congratulations
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