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One Vs. Two Kittens???

post #1 of 19
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My dog died in July and I have decided we will go the cat route this time. I work full time with two kids. Interested in getting a kitten from a shelter. The question is do I get just one or make it two??

Thought it would be nice for companionship since I work a lot and we are involved with a lot of sports.

But I have some people tell me that the cats won't bond as well with the humans because they have each other.

What are some thoughts on one vs two?

post #2 of 19
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

Interesting question yours my friend.... have you ever had a kitty before? do you know something about the kittys?, do you have the economic sources to have some expenses of they I mean...vaccines, litter box etc......all this stuff you should to considerate before an adoption my friend...... furthermore the kittys has other characther I mean they are more independients than the Dog Character my friend..... here on the site you can find lot of informatión.... I hope you can decide wise!... good luck!..

See you on the forums!
post #3 of 19
yes, they do bond to each other, but it also depends on the cat's personality. You can get siblings and one could be more of a "seeker" than the other - you know, people-oriented.

If you are gone that much I would definitely advise getting two, especially if they are kittens. They have soooo much energy and it's good for them to have a playmate. Maybe consider slightly older kittens instead of little fluff balls... you know around 6 mos... not as cray-zee as babies or as in need of as much ....

And there are lots of adult cats that need homes. We have a bonded pair in rescue right now -brother and sister - three years old -- who are just lovely lap warmers.. sweet as pie. Lots of purring and head bonks!

Cats can live quite a long time if well taken care of and they don't get any of the mammalian diseases, like cancer. My boyfriend's cat lived to be almost 21 years old! 15 years is not out of the question. Get a good reference book, too, like Cats for Dummies, and read up.
post #4 of 19
My cat is much happier now she has a fur brother. She is also a lot more affectionate.
post #5 of 19
i've done both - a single, solitary kitten & a pair of kittens. i'd recommend getting the pair, assuming you can afford 2 adoption fees, double vet bills & the difference in food & litter costs. two cats keep each other company when you're not home, & are much more fun to watch than a single cat. & you get 4 times the snuggles! [because 2 cats are 4 times more loving than 1 cat is - it's a multiplicative type of thing...]
post #6 of 19
Hello and welcome to TCS neighborhood.
post #7 of 19
Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site Having more than one is good, especially if you will be away from home a lot. However, you also have to make sure you have the resources to care for them. My cats really enjoy each other's company, but they also have lots of love and affection for the people in their home as well
post #8 of 19
I much prefer it when people adopt kittens in they generally are less "destructive" as they have each other to play with.
post #9 of 19
Hello and Welcome to TCS!

My two younger kitties grew up together (they are siblings) yet they have never really bonded..must be rivalry!

Good luck if you decide to get two, you never know, they may get on really well!
post #10 of 19
i think you should choose two kittens from the same cage usually most shelters keep litters of kitten together in the same cage if they are getting a long in the same cage it should not be a problem at your house and they would most likely be litter mates good luck i think it is better to have two also its alot of fun to watch them play together good luck with what ever you choose
post #11 of 19
when i got my pair, [littermates - Pixel & Mouse] i chose Mouse [had always wanted a blue cat] & told the owners of the mom i wanted her & her best friend from the litter [secretly hoping it would be the blue pointed male!]. they told me that the black/white bicolor was her best friend. they were lifelong [7 years :sniffle] buddies. Pixel, having always been with at least 1 cat all of her life, has adapted the easiest to any new arrivals.
post #12 of 19

Two is great, if you can afford it. Make sure you factor extra cost for vaccines, food, vet care, etc. If it is not a issue, then go for it!
post #13 of 19
My girls are from the same litter and totally love each other and us. I would advise getting two since they would keep each other company since you are away a lot. Except for vet costs, two do not cost that much more than one. And watching the two play is sooo entertaining.
post #14 of 19
With kittens, its better to have 2 if you have no other pets. Cats will bond with people just as well as each other.

I would pick out brothers, simply cause I think the boys are better pets and more outgoing then females are.

And if they are younger then 4-5 months old (ideal time to adopt is 10-12 weeks minimum, they do better in pairs.
post #15 of 19
boys are cheaper to neuter, too.
post #16 of 19
I agree that you should have more than one. It is no guaranty that they will become the best of friends, but I have certainly seen it happen. In my experience, they will at least tolerate each other.
post #17 of 19
I have 3 half sisters and Coco.
Best thing I even did was go back a year after I got Sasha and get her half sister Oreo. I would get two kittens and the sex dosent matter. My Girls all get along great. The first kitten I ever got was a male named Henry and he seemed sad so we went back a few days latter and got his brother my Frisky that died from a male blockage at age 1. I would go for 2 cats in the same cage if you can.
post #18 of 19

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious dog.
My opinion is that it is always best to have at least 2 kitties if you have the budget to care for them.
As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.
post #19 of 19
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