Here are some examples of when it's better to get two kittens:
|Who would they play with if each were alone?|
- When we are starting from scratch, and have no cats.
- When our present cat is too old to keep up with a kitten.
- When we have chosen a kitten who needs close companionship.
There are many shelters who encourage double adoptions, from offering a discount for a second cat to making sure cats leave the shelter in twos.
It's not just finding twice as many homes. It's much easier to get our cat's playtime and social needs meet when they have each other. This keeps our cats friendly and social with humans, too.
Some cats enjoy their solitude. But some cats really need lots of fellow cat playtime, like Alphas, or need a cat friend, like a Beta, or can use the reassurance of a fellow cat, like a Gamma.
If we are going to enjoy cats, we are going to want more. So getting cats two at a time create less friction and more fun... right from the beginning. To revitalize an older cat, or resolve a two cat conflict, Third Cat can be magic.
For an example of how this worked for a reader of mine, see Dear Pammy, It’s true about Cat Civilization.