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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-08-2008, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is one cat ok?

Hi there,

Sorry.. I'm sure this has been covered but when I try to search the forums I get an error message.

I'm moving into a 2 BR condo next week and would like to get a furry companion. I've fallen in love with a 2yr old male cat that I saw for adoption in a petstore. My family has had cats before but when we got them, we got them as kittens. We chose to get two so that they could grow up together and play with each other (and stay out of unwanted mischief!)

So my question is... is it alright to get a single adult cat?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-08-2008, 09:57 PM
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One adult cat is wonderful. Cinderella was two when she adopted me and we had the best relationship when it was just the two of us. Cats sleep most of the day, so it's not likely that they're lonely when you're gone. And adults are harder to find homes for, so it's extra special when someone adopts one.

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thank you for looking to adopt an oldr cat. Most people only want a kitten. Is this a rescue that is offering the cat? Petsmart and many other stores let the rescues use their site - good for the cats and the store.

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One cat is fine, there are even some that prefer to be alone. The first cat I had as a child was the only one for 14 years. Just remember, for some of us cats are like potato chips...

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, that's good to hear. He's at a petsmart, but they are working with an animal care and adoption centre in the city I'm in.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 09:10 AM
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When we adopted from an agency it was via store like that. The people from the rescue league had marked which cats seemed to prefer to be only cats and which seemed to prefer the company of other four-legs (including dogs and/or small children).

So be sure to check with the people who are dealing with the cats there and ask which ones want to be only cats and which ones want to be with other cats.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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I adopted a two year old adult and she appears to be fine as the only cat here. The people at the shelter said she'd be better off as an only cat. Maybe check with the people who work there if he'll be all right on his own?

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Many of us have "only" cats and they're doing just great. We adopted Murphy as a 2-year old from the SPCA, and they had labeled him as a "must be an only cat" because of not getting along with the other cat in his previous home. Now that we've gotten to know him, it's easy to see that he relishes being the only cat. He's an attention nut, and I'm sure he wouldn't want to share our attention with another cat!


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One cat is just fine. I've got three and I often wonder if one would have been enough.

Check with the adoption agency to find out if they think the cat that's the target of your affection is a one-cat cat or whether it would be better in a group. It's hard to tell in the setting the cat's in now, but hopefully they've had some time to observe the cat's behavior before being put out in front of the public.
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Re: Is one cat ok?

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... play with each other (and stay out of unwanted mischief!)...
Two cats will play with each other, but they'll still get into mischief. Maybe even more than a single cat. They'll knock things down while chasing each other, and give each other ideas.

But I'm still glad I adopted two kittens instead of one.
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