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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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More than one cat?

I've had to go back to work and my employers decided they wanted me full time. Because I broke my hand a month ago I can't drive my car (I have a stick stift and it hurts to shift gears) so my boyfriend and I carpool. This leaves Zillah at home for no less than six hours a day.

Not only ths, but at night he attacks me about every ten mintues (no exageration) after four in the morning. Zillah is at an age where this means he's pretty fierce.

I'm getting pretty fed up with being the only object of his affection. I can deal, of course, but I am thinking it may be easier to get Zillah a companion. That way he won't be lonely during the day and when he gets super riled up at night has some one else to attack.

My boyfriend isn't fond of the idea. I don't think it would be that much more work. I know a lot of people with one cat, on the other hand I know a few with multiple cats as well. In both situations the cats seem happy. Zillah seems to be social so I think he would get along with another cat near his age.

So I really just want more opinions. Do you think it would be a good idea to get another kitty or just the one?
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I say get them in pairs!!

I loved just having Tierney, but I was soohappy when we got Teagan. We were amazed at how well then got along, and how much easier Teagan was as a kitten than Tierney, cause she has someone to play with all the time. Don't get me wrong, she still loved human attention, but she didnt' need it as much!

If I dog forbid ever was without cats, and wanted to start over, i would get at least 2 at the same time. It's the best!

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Personally I would get another cat... its not any more work. It is slightly more expensive as two are using litter and eating etc... but they share toys.

You have to scoop litter anyway so scooping a little extra waste is nothing and your are scooping out food anyway so that doesn't make a difference. They only extra work maybe picking up after them when they chase each other - but I have seen mine make more mess chasing a fly!

Mine are happier with a companion although some cats don't like other cats so ask around about the other cat you are getting to get one that suits you and your cat.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 03:49 PM
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If your boyfriend is really that against it, I would try to discuss all of the pros and cons with him before making any decisions (no point in getting really excited about a new kitty if its never going to happen).

Also, don't get another cat simply for your current cat... get one because YOU want another one. Make sure you can afford food, supplies and vet bills for two cats.

That being said - a second cat may be the best idea. A lot of people think cats are solitary creatures but many enjoy the company of another cat (or two, or ten...) and do very well with a buddy to play around with. I personally don't think mine would enjoy it (he's very jealous and gave me the cold shoulder for weeks when I brought home two foster kittens).

Talk it out and decide what is best for everyone in this situation, but I'm thinking a second cat would help out a lot.

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When I rescued my three black kittens. I thought to myself "Great!!!! Now there are five cats, that's FIVE times the love!!!"

It turns out the cats are MUCH more likely to be enjoying each other's company than mine

They like each other so much, they just hang out with each other all the time.

Another kitten would make your cat VERY happy.
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I'm also for another cat. But they may both want to play in your bed at 4:00 AM, so another solution to that little problem is to keep the bedroom door closed. Then you only have to deal with your boyfriend.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh I want another cat. I love kitties. I could care for two as easily for one. My only reservation is my boyfriend. He's never had cats before and I'm not sure he knows exactly what to expect. (it doesn't help that my neighbor across the hall has kittens) I'm hoping that what other people have to say may help us come to a better decision for the both of us.
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I'm also for another cat. But they may both want to play in your bed at 4:00 AM, so another solution to that little problem is to keep the bedroom door closed. Then you only have to deal with your boyfriend.
I live in a studio with a loft. It didn't take Zillah long to figure out the stairs. The only door I have is the one to the bathroom and I don't want to leave him in there all night. Good idea though.
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as a slave to 3 of my own I say go for it!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 08:57 PM
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I'm all for getting another kitty. As everyone said, the extra work is minimal and they do play with each other. Also he won't be so lonely when you're at work. But cats are nocternal so as Tim said you may (probably will) have two cats racing around at 4 am but YOU won't be the focus of attention. I find mostly I can sleep through it. Whereas with one cat they want YOU to play and won't leave your feet alone! Besides I really think they sould have their own company. No matter how much we love them and pay attention to them the reality is we're not going to lick their faces and roll all over the aptartment with them. Well, not as much as another cat will anyway! I have a 6yr old and a 9 mo. old and watching them together is an absolute joy.
So again, if you can afford another one, and your boyfriend is willing, I'd definitely go for it!

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