Adopt Two Cats

Why Adopt Two Cats Instead of One?

  • You're saving two lives
  • One cat can become lonely
  • By having two or more cats you are able to enjoy the true social nature of cats and the relationship they have with one another
  • The workload to care for two cats remains relatively the same
  • You don't need any more room for a second cat
  • Two cats provide each other with exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation
  • Cats that have a companion of the same species tend to be more socially well-adjusted which can help prevent behavioral problems
  • Two cats are cleaner than one cat as they groom one another 

Want a Companion Cat or Kitten for Your Older Cat? Things to Consider:

Be cautious about getting a kitten, because:

  • Tiny kittens can sometimes be viewed as a threat by adult cats.  Kittens under 16 weeks are still babies & can be physically hurt by older cats. In nature a kitten remains with its mother until about 6 months of age, so it always has a protective mother to help if another cat becomes aggressive
  • This is not the case when a kitten is adopted without its mother
  • Most adult cats have no experience of kittens and don’t relate well to them
  • Adult cats won’t naturally take on a parenting role to kittens
  • A boisterous ‘over the top’ kitten can be very wearing for an older cat 
  • If you are really determined to get a kitten then consider getting two rather than one - this way they use their energy up annoying each other and not on the older cat. Kittens want to play - adult cats don’t!

Consider a more mature cat, because:

  • Where a kitten’s individual personality is still being formed, a more mature cat is definite in its preferences and behavior.  We get to know and love our more mature residents so we can provide you with insight as to how they may respond to your individual circumstances and requirements  
  • We can help you to identify a cat of similar age or energy level as your existing pet, and who shares character traits that are complementary with your pet so that they are more likely to bond.  For example, a quiet or timid cat may be better off with a quiet or timid play mate of a similar energy level than a lively kitten who wants to explore everything and play all day
  • If you are unsure whether your existing pet will accept a newcomer or not, why not consider fostering a mature cat as an interim step?  
  • Cat Haven has an extensive Foster Care program where quality foster carers provide respite care for some of our residents while they are waiting to be adopted.  We guarantee that fostered cats remain Cat Haven’s responsibility prior to being returned to the shelter for adoption 
  • And, who knows?  Maybe a cat that you foster with us will turn out to be the new family member that you were looking for!  If they do, then you have the option to adopt them and give them their forever home. 

Did You Know?

In Switzerland, an anti-cruelty law was passed that requires people who are buying/adopting cats or dogs to acquire two instead of one since it is the nature of the animal to have company of his or her kind.