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post #1 of 12
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I hope someone responds. I live in a townhome with 3 other guys, I recently fell in love with a kitten at a fsoter home, but my application got usuruped by a resident of that county. I ended up going to a petsmart with my roommate and his brother (who will be moving in with us in a few months), and we all foudn ones that we 'liked.' The brothers got a pair of brothers and i seperated mine (male) from his sister who was not playful and mean (the vet was happy we were seperating). Now the kitten i was in love with is available again, and they want me to adopt him. Would it be a good idea to have the fourth so my cat has a companion, like the brothers? What would the work load and price differeces be in the DC area... I need honest advice, this is about me and the kitten(s) being happy. I am a new cat owner and it wont help if i get bad advice (because you want to save multipel kittens). We keep the three kittens in the same room (studio size) during the day when we are at work. How would you all handle this situation and why?

Hope this is the right forum
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
I hope someone responds.

I live in a townhome with 3 other guys, I recently fell in love with a kitten at a foster home, but my application got usurped by a resident of that county. I ended up going to a petsmart with my roommate and his brother (who will be moving in with us in a few months), and we all found kittens that we 'liked.' The brothers got a pair of brothers and i seperated mine (male) from his sister who was not playful and mean (the vet was happy we were seperating). Now the kitten i was in love with is available again, and they want me to adopt him. Would it be a good idea to have the fourth so my cat has a companion, like the brothers? What would the work load and price differeces be in the DC area... I need honest advice, this is about me and the kitten(s) being happy. I am a new cat owner and it wont help if i get bad advice (because you want to save multipel kittens). We keep the three kittens in the same room (studio size) during the day when we are at work. How would you all handle this situation and why?

Hope this is the right forum
post #3 of 12
Four cats in a studio-sized space will be fine provided you let them out to be in the rest of it whenever you are home, however keeping them in there is kind of unnecessary unless you have a good reason for it.

Adopting two cats together is recommended in many cases. If you plan on not living with these same people for decades, then I would advise getting two now. Why, because your cat will be used to having company, and when you eventually move out he will miss it. Cats that have always been onlies are usually perfectly alright, but usually cats from multi-cat households like having other cats around, and if they don't they'll let you know and fast. Since these are all kittens, it is very very likely that they'll enjoy being together.

Two kittens are not that much more work than one. However, you do need to make sure that you have the financial ability to provide vet care for all of the cats, not just routine, but the ability to pay for emergencies. I have pet insurance to help with this, emergency-only coverage starts at around 100$ a year per cat, when they're young.

Also, for four cats you need about five litterboxes. At least one on every floor of the townhouse. The ideal number is one for every cat, plus one more.

I am not just trying to save one more kitten... Honestly, having a new cat owner have a good experience the first time saves more kittens, because you will be more likely to have more cats throughout your lifetime.

In short, you should get another one if you feel you can afford it. You have already made a lifetime commitment to one cat, so two isn't much different. The price difference between one and two is not that great, litter and food are pretty cheap comparatively, and you can budget for routine check-ups, their neuter if not done already.

Welcome to cats, and welcome to TCS.
post #4 of 12
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Bah you werent supposed to talk me into it ;-), that all makes sense, they will be allowed to roam more once they are a little older, and we clean up the rest of the townhome... Three 20 something year olds you can imagine. Money is not a very big issue courtesy of the law firm I am working for.

Thanks for the input, everyone else aggree?
post #5 of 12
The only way it will work without territorial wars is to have different levels for the cats to get up on. Shelves, ramps, condos, elevated beds, so they have the illusion of space for them. Four kittens will be fine, to be perfectly honest, but kittens grow quickly and four cats in a townhome if they have to share one room while you are working can get pretty hairy. Letting them have the run of the place would be the better choice.
post #6 of 12
I can't speak for everyone, but I can't wait until I have enough money to have two. I am still a student (senior at Ohio State) so one is plenty for now. I can imagine what your townhouse looks like with three guys my age living in it. Probably alot like my apartment, but with less girl stuff in it.

We have some very good articles about introducing cats, as well as kitten-proofing your home, elsewhere on the site. As well as explanations of why you should not declaw and why it it usually better to keep them inside.

You've come to the right place. Any questions that pop up, someone here will have an answer for.

Good luck! You know you and the kitten you are going to go get are fated to be best of friends! I want pictures!
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well we just want to keep them in this room till we do clean up everything, but I figure if I get my own, we will keep two upstairs and my two in my room (I dont want 4 kittens running aroudn my 3 thousand dollar TV ). The second kitten was my top choice too, the personality I LOVE, and it is straight grey/silver with matching eyes.... (But i know that isnt a sole reason to pick a kitten, just an extra perk). The one I have now does not seem very loving, but he did curl up on my chest last night, :-p so I am a dork, but I do understand it was the first night he was there, and I am sure he will warm up.
post #8 of 12
I don't know about prices in the DC area, so I can't give you a detailed response. If you take the second kitten, it won't add much to your workload - you'll have at least another litterbox to clean (ideal is one box per cat, plus an extra, but you may be able to make do with fewer, depending on the kittens). With 2 (or 4) cats, you can buy bigger cans and split them, so feeding two kittens/cats isn't twice the expense of feeding one. There's no "quantity discount" regarding veterinary costs, however. Both kittens will have to be neutered, vaccinated every year, and could, of course become ill. Do you have the funds to cover vet costs for both?
I believe getting your kitten a lifetime companion/playmate is a very good idea, as I assume your living arrangements may change at some point.
post #9 of 12
Kitten's personalities do not solidify until about 10 or 11 months. So you may have on your hands a bunch of lap cats, or a bunch of leave-me-alone cats. The fact that he curled up with you after just having met you is a very very good sign! He must trust you already.

The chances of cats harming your tv is pretty small. Most cats have no interest in the funny box their people seem so attached too, although occasionally if something super interesting is actually on tv, they'll bat at the screen. If you've got a glass screen, there are really no worries.

I love silver kittens too. As you can see my babygirl Zissou is a silver tabby.

Make sure to take Hissy's advice. She's like, a cat wrangler. If money is no object, a floor-to-ceiling cat tree would be kitty heaven. Someday... I say... Someday. You can get a very very nice one for just a couple hundred, and a decent one for about 150$. Check out some of our sponsors, one makes really really nice stuff.
post #10 of 12
I live in the DC Area, and take my pets to a pretty expensive vet. Vet care has been about $500 each for the first year, and $150 each for this year so far. You can find vets a lot cheaper around here, I'm just attached to mine.

I recommend having 2 cats grow up together as permanent friends. Just be aware that even as kittens they might be hostile to eachother when they first meet but that is no indicator on how they will be when they are older. Paris hated Cairo when they were first introduced, but now they are inseparable.
post #11 of 12
If you're handy, a 5-6" sono tube from the hardware (6' tall) plus some good indoor/outdoor or flat (nonloopy) carpeting, a good staple gun, and 2-3 plywood shelves (15" x 10") make a great cat tree (need to be fixed to room corner or ceiling) and are a lot cheaper than bought ones. A thin rope/fat cord knotted at the ends (4-5') and jiggled slowly away from the cats will make them crazy - do let them catch and chew the knot for a minute, as will marble sized foil balls to chase. Be prepared for territory skirmishes, and a few throw ups (mainly if changing their food without first mixing it a few times with the old if you decide to change it). They'll go through the terrible two's at around 5-10 mos (females less so) so keep a sharp eye out for little things you either care about, or that could potentially hurt them, including loops of venetian blind cord hanging down, etc.
post #12 of 12
Having companion animals is the best thing ever. I had a solo ferret that was a lot happier with a second and the same was true with my cat. Both got a friend at about 2 years of age and they were much happier for it. Seeing as you'll have 3 cats it's not like your's won't have a companion, but when you end up moving apart your cat will be very lonely. My older cat Milo was a solo cat for 2 years before I got Tigger. Took her a few weeks to adjust but they became pretty good friends. They didn't play together all that much because Milo is a pretty mellow cat and tigger wasn't. But when Tigger passed away after 1 year, she was devistated. So were we, but she didn't have any way to deal with it. We got her and us a new kitten in less than a week and we all felt better.

So even if you decide that you can't do 4 cats now, which really doesn't sound like a problem for you, keep in mind that you will have a very sad cat if the other 2 aren't around anymore.
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