Care Tips for Multiple Kittens and Cats
Should You Have Multiple Cats?
Multiple cats in a household can be lots of fun.
With your new kitten selected, a great cat name picked out and lots of cool pictures and videos snapped up, you may be asking yourself, “If one kitten is this much fun, wouldn’t kittens and cats playing together be twice the fun?” The answer may be yes or no or somewhere in between.
The decision to make it a one cat household or whether multiple cats may be more fun is debatable. In considering the cat qualities of your particular pet, there may also be a question of whether to breed or not to breed. Introducing multiple cats into the household creates a unique cat psychology with other pets.
Will My Cats Get Along?
Kittens and cats in the same household may or may not get along, much as the relations among human siblings can vary. Kittens who are raised together from a very early age generally get along better than those who are introduced later into the established household.
Cats in the wild are territorial by nature and even domesticated household pets can share some of these qualities.
Female household cats that are allowed to breed will naturally gravitate toward their young and provide kitten care until a certain age of maturity has been reached at which time they may become competitive with their offspring.
Sibling kittens such as brothers and sisters who are raised together may make the best companion pets, provided they are spayed and neutered at an early age.
Male and female cat compatibility can vary depending upon the age at which they are introduced to one another. Again, the younger the better in regards to the kittens age of introduction to one another.
A younger kitten can be successfully introduced into at established household of an older cat, however the process needs to be done carefully and slowly. The resident cat needs to be respected as the original territorial owner.
Sharing of blankets can help cats accept new cat-mates.
The resident cat and the new kitten should be allowed to observe one another from a safe distance and putting kittens in a cage may be advisable.
Initial hostility and hissing may occur, however this is often more of a show than a real threat of violence. One technique that can ease the process is the sharing of blankets prior to introduction which rubs the scent of one cat onto the other.
The decision to breed a household pet is also a complex one and can affect not only the resident cat but the offspring and other household pets as well. The average size of a litter of kittens is 3 to 5, which is often more than one household can reasonably accommodate.
The burden of so much kitten care and adopting out or giving away the kittens maybe more than you bargained for. Also, if you’re unsuccessful at the endeavor, you will be responsible for raising all of the remaining cats and integrating them into one household.
As the cats mature and become more competitive and territorial, the situation may become intolerable. A better alternative to breeding might be visiting a local cat shelter and adopting one of the many waiting kittens for adoption already on the planet.
No matter how many kittens and cats you decide to responsibly bring into your household, a world of adventure is guaranteed.