Cat owners have been sharing their top tips of what they wish they knew before they got a second cat. If you’re considering adding another cat to the family, check out this advice so you’re as prepared as possible. From practical considerations about introducing cats to one another and managing territorial dynamics to ensuring each cat’s individual needs are met, this collective wisdom will equip you with a solid foundation for a harmonious multi-cat household.
Don’t Assume They Will Be Friends
Because cats are all different, they may never become truly friendly with each other. While you might have dreams of your cats being the best of buds, sometimes the best you can hope for is tolerance.
They Will Wake You Up at 3am
If your cats do get along – and sometimes if they don’t – they may spend a lot of time chasing each other. And one cat owner said that it WILL happen at 3am, and they will wake you up chasing each other over your bed!
Slow Introductions Work Best
It’s almost unanimous that slow introductions work best when adding a new cat to the family. Make sure each cat has their own space to adjust to the presence of the second cat and take your time – weeks even – to integrate them together.
All Cats Are Different
Cats – even those from the same litter – will all have unique personalities, just like humans. Don’t assume a second cat will like the same things your first cat does, including the same food or toys. Treat them as you would treat two children.
Dedicate Time to Each Cat
You need to be able to dedicate time to each of your cats separately and not just treat them as “the cats.” Make sure that each cat has the appropriate amount of attention from you.
You Need the Emotional Capacity for Two
It’s not just about attention – you must ensure you can love two cats equally. It wouldn’t be fair to bring in a second cat if they don’t get the same devotion from you as your first.
Feeding Time Can Be Tricky
Even if the cats are getting along, feeding time can be tricky. One owner told of how they had to buy crates just for mealtimes to stop the bigger cat from always stealing the food of the smaller one.
It May Not Work Out
Sometimes when you get a second cat, it just won’t work out. You’ll follow all the steps to integrate them properly, and they just won’t ever get along. Then you’ll need to consider keeping them apart permanently or rehoming one.
There May Still Be Tiffs
Even if your cats do get along great most of the time, there may be occasional arguments and fights. Usually, if the cats get along, these aren’t too big a deal but be prepared for cats to get a little moody with each other every now and then!
Make Sure There Are Plenty of Toys
Playtime is essential for cats, especially indoor cats like Ragdolls that need exercise and stimulation and spend more time inside or in the garden. Please make sure you get plenty of toys so that cats aren’t fighting over their favorites.
You Should Have Got Two at First!
Many cat owners will say that you’ll realize you should have got two cats at first! While a second cat doesn’t always work out, it often does, and you may wish you’d committed to getting a second sooner than you did.
You’ll Still Want Another Cat!
One owner made it clear – even if you get a second cat, you may still want more! Just be careful not to overextend yourself so that you always have the time and love for every cat you buy.
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Sometimes you’ll catch your kitty in a compromising pose – as these cats prove.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,