It can be tempting to have more than one cat as a pet, especially if you think that they might be lonely. However, there is a lot you should consider before making a decision. It’s not a small step to take if you want your pets to be happy. Think about the following things:
- What will you do if they don’t get along? Would you have the space to keep them separately? Is there a friend or neighbour who could take the cat? If you’re rescuing a pet, it may be difficult and upsetting to have to take it back, but this might be the best option if your pets just don’t get along, as they could end up hurting each other.
- Do you have space? If your cats go out of doors, it’s probably ok. If you have a housecat though, you may find it more challenging to keep two cats together happily as they will be territorial. This is especially true if one cat has lived there significantly longer.
- What do the experts say? Speak to a cat behavioural expert and see what their opinion is. It could be that your cat has something else wrong with it and you are mistaking it for loneliness.