Post Published on April 5, 2014 | Last Updated on February 21, 2021 by Jenny
Are you considering adopting more than one Ragdoll kitten? Here are things to consider before doing so. If you are a Floppycats’ reader that adopted more than one Ragdoll or did not – please also share your experience in the comments below! I get this question a lot and would love to have a comprehensive post to send to folks.
If I bring home two rather than one, will they bond with each other and not with us? And will they spend so much time with each other that they’re not interested in any other cats – or people?
While this is a common fear in cat lovers, fortunately it’s an unfounded one. Just like us, cats have the room to create a bond with different people, and the other pets that they live with, without having a preference for one or another. This depends largely on the cats and their own personalities largely as well.
A cat who likes to sit contentedly on a lap for hours at a time and cuddle will probably like to do so whether or not another cat lives in the home. On the other hand, a cat that prefers to be on their own probably won’t spend a great deal of time with you or the other cat. And just as often pet owners have reported that the bigger problem is that one cat may have jealous tendencies, and become upset should you spend too much with another cat as they vie for attention.
Are Both Kittens Healthy?
Don’t forget to also think of your own needs when it comes to buying multiple cats. Make sure that both are healthy, and be sure to ask the breeder about their current relationship and if they’ve had issues in the past or have always gotten along.
Can You Afford The Price of the Kitten, Vet Bills, Cat Food, Cat Litter x 2?
Also think about what you can afford, not only in terms of litter, food, and vet bills; but also the time it will require taking on more than just one pet. Asking the breeder for a discount when buying more than just one can also help with the financial side of owning pets.
There are many concerns that come with buying and caring for a pet, and when you’re buying more than one, you also take on many more of those concerns. Remember to go into it with the same open mind you would when caring for just one, and to embrace the individual personalities of cats you get, and all of you should get along just fine.
Questions to ask:
- Are both babies healthy?
- Can you afford 2x the litter, food, vet bills?
- Do you have the time needed to dedicate to both of their needs?
- Does the breeder say they get along now?
- Does the breeder offer a discount if you buy two – like $50 or $100 off?