Top Reasons Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One


The decision to adopt a kitten is an exciting event, but not to be entered into lightly. Kittens require an enormous amount of care, which, of course, is compensated by the extreme pleasure of watching them grow and develop. Sometimes, it is better to adopt two kittens, whether this is your first cat or an addition to a feline family.

One kitten can become lonely.

A kitten left alone during the day can become lonely and bored, which sometimes can lead to mischief. Two kittens will never be lonely, therefore, are less likely to get into trouble.  Many rescue groups encourage the adoption of pairs, especially when the owners do not currently have a cat, or in a senior cat household.

Two kittens will "self-train."

Kittens learn by copying. If one kitten is quick to learn appropriate behavior such as litter box use, etc, the other will be likely to copy. They also help each other with grooming.  Wash up after meals soon becomes a ritual with two kittens.

 They help each other burn off energy.

Trying to keep up with the energy of a single kitten can sometimes be very exhausting.  Two kittens will wear each other out, leaving their human free to just enjoy watching them.

 Two kittens equal fewer behavior problems.

Many people who experience behavior problems with one kitten will often adopt another.  Mischievous behavior is often the result of boredom.  By adopting a playmate, your kitten will be too busy to seek out negative attention.

 Curiosity overcomes "food finickyness."

One kitten may be finicky about food, but two will not because they become curious about what the other is eating.

 They act as pillows for one another.

Kittens will often play so hard that they simply flop where they are, and more likely than not, they will flop next to (or on top of) each other. There is no sight so endearing and peaceful as two kittens curled up together for a nap.

 Having two kittens is insanely fun.

No doubt kittens are fun, but having two is twice the fun. Watching two kittens play together can be hours of entertainment and laughs.

One kitten can drive an older cat absolutely insane.

An older established cat will probably accept two kittens better than one. One kitten will seek out the older cat as a playmate and will tease and pester the senior cat, which can lead to stress.  The kitten in return, will be "rewarded" for his playful efforts with hisses and swats. Two kittens will expend their energy in play with each other, leaving their older "aunt or uncle" to relax in peace.

 An older cat is less likely to get jealous.

The already established cat is less likely to become jealous or stressed because the two kittens will be busy playing with each other, allowing the older or senior cat to still spend quality time alone with the owners.


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