Choosing A Second Cat

As much as cats love their owners, another feline friend is usually a cat's closest companion. An extra cat friend (or partner in crime) provides extra mental and physical stimulation, not to mention a warm pillow to sleep on.


Two cats sleeping together one using the other as a pillow
Two cats sleeping together one using the other as a pillow

How To Choose Another Cat

So you’ve decided you want another cat. Well, there are a few things to think about before you jump in. You need to think carefully about the temperament, age and sex of both your current cat and your new cat.


Temperament

First of all assess your current cat’s purrsonality. The most important thing to think about is that you choose cats with similar energy levels otherwise you may be faced with a couple of squabbling cats. If your cat is quiet and shy, the worst thing you can do is get a cat with a boisterous temperament. Choose another quiet cat so that neither one gets bullied by the other.


Two cats of similar age and temperament getting along
Two cats of similar age and temperament getting along

Age

The next thing to think about is age. Cats of the same age tend to get along a lot better. Introducing a younger cat to a older cat with less energy might cause some problems.

If you already have a cat you might have asked yourself “should i get another cat for my older cat?” Although it is best to get cats of similar age, an older cat might enjoy a younger play partner, and even take the younger cat under it’s wing (or paw) - almost like an adoptive parent.


An older cat licking a younger cats face cleaning its coat
An older cat licking a younger cats face cleaning its coat

Sex

The final thing to consider is sex. Fighting for dominance is more common in cats of the same sex, so it’s best to get a male and a female.


Two female tabby cats getting along like sisters
Two female tabby cats getting along like sisters

If both of your cats think they are the alpha cat they will endlessly fight for the top position.



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