Originally Posted by TNR1
but I have 2 cats and my boy cat wakes me up at 6 AM EVERY DAY.
I gotta tell you this story because my father shared it with me this weekend and I thought it was so funny.
My parents at one point in time had two cats, Sylvester was the older male cat who ruled the house, and Butterscotch was the younger meek female cat.
My father always got up VERY early in the morning to go to work and for the most part he would feed the cats before he left and therefore no one was woken up. But if he forgot to feed them, Sylvester would take it upon himself to go bug my mom until she went down to feed them. Sylvester would eat moist food and dry food, but Butterscotch only ate the dry food.
Well eventually Sylvester passed away of old age, and suddenly Butterscotch ruled the house. And with her new position she would wake my mother up and all she would eat was moist food... It was as if she really wanted the moist food all this time but Sylvester wasn't sharing it with her.
I thought that was pretty funny... But pretty indicative of 2 cat households. There was a time when I only had two cats... Isabelle my oldest and Audrey her daughter. Isabelle was the queen of the house and she bullied her daughter all the time. I thought it was just a mother/daughter thing. But, I found the same kind of dominant cat / submissive cat situation with my friend Bill who has 2 cats too. His older dominant boy just wouldn't let his little sister get any attention, he was just such a bully. And every time anyone started petting his sister he would butt right in and push her out of the way. I don't know if this rule applies to all 2 cat households, but so far I've yet to see it disproved.
When I got the 3rd cat I found the oldest playing with the youngest and the third cat seemed to lessen the friction between the older two. Then when I got the next three the whole dynamic changed and now none of the cats are entirely dominant and none are entirely submissive. The household is much more peaceful and I see a lot more love and affection between the cats.
Also, I think if you bring in a kitten... bring in 2 so they can play with each other and not bother the older cat quite so much. Siblings are really good as it seems to me like they know they're brothers or sisters for many years of their lives...