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One or two kittens?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've already made my mind up on getting a kitten. I got all the essentials and a few toys waiting for the kitten. My problem is should I get one or two kittens? Could someone list a few pros and cons with adopting a single kitten and the same with a pair of kittens? Money isn't really a big issue right now. I do have a lot of spare time at the moment so I can pay lots of attention to a single kitten, but I don't know how long that will last.

currently I own two aquariums(salt/fresh) and a hamster. This will be my first kitten. I don't really know where to start. Any suggested articles online would be great!
post #2 of 17
Welcome to tcs! If you feel you have the finances to properly care for two new additions to your family and plenty of love and attention to go around, two new kitties will be perfect! You also need to go by your feeling with each kitten.
post #3 of 17
If you can afford it I'd say definitely get 2. 2 kittens together will keep each other occupied and will be company for each other as they grow up. 1 kitten can be very destructive on his/her own! I had 2 the first time round and they spent most of their time playing with each other. I've got 1 kitten now (and an older cat) and it's a lot harder keeping him entertained.
post #4 of 17
I say two. Especially for if you would like to add another cat later on, there is supposed to be less issues about introducing a new member. Though, I'm sure there are always exceptions.

I got two on my second round of cats, they are litter mates, and they adore each other. It was the best decision.
post #5 of 17
I would get two Kittens, that way they have each other when you are not home, to play with and to be companions. I think it's great that you can have two kitten grow up together.
post #6 of 17
When we got Harley, 1 year ago - we adopted only him. This was our 1st cat, and I really wasn't ready to handle 2 at the same time!

Harley turns 1 this month, and we will be adding a new addition to our furfamily in the middle of July. I think Harley really needs a friend, we are gone all day at work, and I always feel really bad leaving him home alone.

Good luck with your decision!
post #7 of 17
Yep, I definately say get 2 if you can afford them and the vet bills!! I would totally have 2 if I could count on them both never getting sick But since that won't happen...one little sicko is all I can handle right now.

Having 2 would be so exciting for you
post #8 of 17
i think its a personal choice. i have noticed myself (other people might disagree) that when u have 1 kitten it tends to be more sociable towards people more loving and enteract towards humans. then when there is too they tend to be that way with each other and not so much with humans. im not saying thats always the case. ither way though 2 is always better than 1. the more there is to love.
post #9 of 17
I have been thinking about getting a buddy for LuckyGirl... but I have to wait till she goes in for her 7month check up to be sure the Bartonella is gone...
post #10 of 17
I've always only ever had one at a time. But, when our daughter moved back home and brought Mika with her (Mika is a full sister to Bijou), I have to admit that watching them together is a joy to behold. Both are very affectionate with us as well as with each other. We truly feel blessed to have them both and I can't explain the joy and love we feel when we just look at them cuddled together sleeping, or cleaning each other, or playing and chasing each other.

I believe that 2 are absolutely better than 1 if you can afford it.
post #11 of 17
2 are definitely better, heck 4 is even better But like someone else mentioned they keep themselves entertained so they're not bored and climbing your leg for attention Also you would be giving a home to one more homeless kitty and that is always a good thing where are you planning on getting your kitties from?
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I've always only ever had one at a time. But, when our daughter moved back home and brought Mika with her (Mika is a full sister to Bijou), I have to admit that watching them together is a joy to behold. Both are very affectionate with us as well as with each other. We truly feel blessed to have them both and I can't explain the joy and love we feel when we just look at them cuddled together sleeping, or cleaning each other, or playing and chasing each other.

I believe that 2 are absolutely better than 1 if you can afford it.
You are so lucky to have 2 beautiful cats in your home!

They are gorgeous!
post #13 of 17
I only got one kitten at first and he was really hyper and got into everything. When he was almost a year old, we got a 6 week old kitten and they didn't get along at all at first. If I could have, I would have gotten 2 as kittens, especially because Milo had a sister in the cage with him that I wanted to adopt as well but at the time we didn't have the room or money.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Wow! Lots of responses overnight. I guess I'll stick with just one right now since this is my first time. Thanks for the info.
post #15 of 17
Welcome! I vote two kittens. it's more fun for everyone. But, remember, as already stated, it's also double the cost, so if you have financial restraints, one would be better, for the cays' sakes. Good luck with you new kitty or kitties!
post #16 of 17
I have 2 kittens myself. They keep each other company and play with each other and I don't think that they would be nearly as happy as they are if they didn't have each other.

Usually if you say go to adopt a cat through cat rescue leagues they generally only let you take a kitten if you take two of them. It's just healthier for them developmentally speaking.

Contrary to popular belief cats need company. Especially if you are going to leave the house cause then they aren't as lonely.

Whatever you decide best of luck. You'll enjoy having a cat friend!!
post #17 of 17
I normally only have one cat at a time.

The only thing with getting two at a time is make sure they are both old enough and litter trained and fixed. ( I had to learn the hard way (weren't trained properly))

Other than that I would definately have 2 at the same time if I could afford it.
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