Cat training is vital when introducing new cats. Not such a problem when cats that have been raised together from a young age — particularly siblings — are more likely to be happy growing up together. Bear in mind that not all cats like the company of other cats.
People often think it’s a good idea to get two cats so that they can keep each other company, especially if they are out all day.
Cats are sociable animals, but they are also very territorial. You need to be careful if you plan to introduce a new cat into the home where one is already in residence. Bear in mind the ages of the cats involved. An older cat that is well established in the home, for example, may not take kindly to a playful kitten as a companion.
Some cat owners feel it is a good idea to keep two cats, so that they can keep each other company. People are especially likely to decide that this is best if they are out at work for most of the day and they feel sorry for their cat. If you introduce a new cat into the home when you already have an established pet cat, there may well be problems. It is possible that two cats can learn to tolerate each other under these circumstances, though they may not be the best of friends. In fact, cats are far more likely to get on together if they are raised with each other or if they are siblings.
It is a commonly held view that cats are solitary, selfish animals, coming together only to fight and mate. This is fairly true of cats in the wild, but is not exactly true of domestic cats. Unlike dogs, cats are not pack animals, although they do organise themselves into social groups. Whereas they can enjoy the companionship of other cats, they are also highly territorial animals. Once a cat has become a pet in a home it will naturally feel territorial about its environment and its owners. It will not necessarily take kindly to suddenly having to share its home and its owner with another strange cat. It is better to have two siblings, or raise two kittens together; they stand the best chance of accepting one another’s rights, and of forming a lasting relationship.
One of the advantages for a cat living together with another feline is that if they ever have to be boarded out at a cattery, they will at least have a familiar cat with them. Being boarded out at a cattery can be a very stressful experience, and a companion they are used to may ease the strain.
Unrelated cats grow up happily if they are introduced at a young age.
Cats generally prefer to avoid each other and thus keep out of trouble.
The Lion is the only truly social wild cat, living in packs called prides.
The only lasting relationship that occurs naturally between cats is that between a mother cat and her kittens, though even this is not long lasting and doesn’t usually last beyond puberty. If you have a problem cat, click here.