There are numerous benefits of being a cat owner. Even studies have shown that by just watching cat videos one can feel full of positive energy. If you already have a kitty at home, have you ever considered getting a second one as a companion for your kitty? Though, cats have a repute of solitary animals, they can thrive on forming close bonds with other creatures. Sometimes certain changes in behavior like irregular sleeping, eating or grooming habits may indicate that your cat is lonely and could benefit from some feline companionship. Below mentioned are some of the key signs that your cat needs a companion:
If your cat usually won’t leave you alone and follows you around all the time, it could be a sign that he needs more social interaction.
If your cat is looking sort of messy and doesn’t like to groom himself as much, it could be a sign that he is lonely or upset. In turn, obsessive grooming could also be a sign that your cat might benefit from a buddy.
If your cat is eating too much or too little than usual, it could be a sign of boredom and lack of social stimulation.
Knocking things over or tearing apart furniture while you are not at home, could also be a sign of boredom or illness in your cat.
Other issues such as litter box issues, unusual sleeping habits or a change in your cat’s routine can also be the signs of stress or loneliness.
Last but not the least, if you notice that your cat has become lethargic and have low-energy level, it could be a sign that he would be benefited from having a feline buddy around.
Though, all the above-mentioned points could be a sign that your kitty needs a companion, it could also indicate a medical condition. Therefore, before assuming that your cat is lonely, make sure to bring it up with your veterinarian. If you and your vet think it’s a good idea to bring home a second cat, there are few important points that needs your attention, have a look:
Choose a perfect match
You must choose a cat whose age and personality are quite similar to your kitty at home. Also, make certain that the new cat has similar temperament and energy level to your first cat.
Have enough space for your cats
Usually, cats do not like to share little spaces. Therefore, before you get another cat, make certain that you have enough space for them to live together comfortably.
Find out whether your cat likes other cats or not
There are some cats that genuinely do not get along with other cats. Especially, the adult cats that have spent their lives alone, they can hardly adjust to living with other cats. Without knowing whether your cat would tolerate a second cat in the house, you may end up as referee in an unending catfight. Therefore, before planning to get a companion for your kitty, it’s better to know him and his relationship with other felines.
Make sure your new cat is free from any disease
Before you bring a new cat into your home, make sure that he has been tested for FELV (Feline Leukemia Virus) and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). If not tested, these diseases can be transmitted to your existing cat and can put your kitty’s health at risk. Also, make sure to get your new kitty’s physical examination done to prevent the chances of any infectious illness. Another most important thing to look at is that your new cat should be up-to-date on his shots, including rabies and feline distemper.
Give enough time to your cats
It is important to note that after you bring home a new cat, both the cats will require your love and attention. Even if they can’t yet play together, make certain to give them equal time. Therefore, you must set aside at least 20 minutes twice a day to play with your furry buddies.
Bringing home a fur-baby can be one of the greatest things in a cat owner’s life. By keeping all the above mentioned points in your mind you can not only get your cat a better companion but also together they can be lifelong best friends.