Originally Posted by KatBudz
Some people on this forum may disagree with me, but kittens need to be with other cats/kittens to become properly socialized, and also not to be lonely and bored. When I volunteered for an animal shelter in my area, the shelters rule was no cats under 6 months of age could be adopted out unless the people adopted another cat with it or had a cat at home.
I do agree w/ you that kittens are FAR better off w/ companions, and single kittens often drive owners nuts as a consequence.
However, most of the most important inter-cat socialization skills take place in the litter. Kittens who lose their litter early (before 8 weeks at BARE minimum, and 10-12 is better) may have issues relating to other cats (and to some degree to human beings, in that they will not know not to bite hard, etc).
My point really is that true socialization, as regards other cats, really is accomplished in the 5-12 week period. Cats who got that time w/ the litter will usually have no problem getting on w/ other cats (assuming carefully done introduction, etc.) later on, even if they lived w/out other cats for a while.
If it is at all possible, your b/f should think about adopting another kitten for the one he already has, because at only 15 weeks of age, the kitty really should have a play mate, I mean, people can only be there and play with the kitten for so long, with work and a social life, most people can't devote the time to keep a kitten company. But at the same time, sometimes it can work out with just the one. But in my personal opinion I believe a kitten should with with another cat or kitten.
I agree. It is VERY much best, and I, too, know rescue groups that adopt kittens out ONLY in pairs unless the adopter has a kitten under 5 mos at home already. Otherwise, the return rate is just too high.
That said, plenty of people DO make it work, and AS LONG AS the owner is willing to deal with the fallout (annoying kitten at 2 a.m., kitten-attacks from all angles, bored-kitten-shredding-couch), there's not much one can do about it.