Cat Colonies: How Many Cats is too many? 2, 5, 9?
You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘I’m one cat away from being a crazy cat lady.’ But how many cats is too many?
Big cats live in colonies and spend much of their lives in family groups, while domestic cats are considered more solitary. Cats are territorial animals that don’t always get on with each other, and introducing a new cat to your other pets can be challenging.
This article will answer the question, ‘how many cats is too many?’ We’ll also give you some tips to help you introduce a new feline to your home.
How many cats is too many?
Not everyone is a cat lover. If you have a big family or live with other people, then you should consider their needs when adding new pets to the home. When keeping more than one cat, you need to provide enough space for each pet, their food bowls, and bedding. It would help if you also made sure there are enough litter trays for each cat and a few spare ones in case of breakages or accidents.
As with any living situation, there is no ‘normality’ in cats colonies. Some owners have eight cats living in harmony, while others have three cats fighting. However, if your cat is constantly aggressive or hiding under the bed, there might be too many cats in the colony already.
Two cats that get along with each other are considered a healthy amount. Keeping more cats can often lead to conflict and stress as the cats compete for resources such as food, water, and litter boxes. Whether or not you have two or more cats, it’s essential to provide enough space both indoors and outdoors so your pets have access to their own private areas.
Choosing your new cat
If you’re thinking of getting a second or third cat, it’s best to adopt from a shelter. That way, you can pick the cat that fits best into your lifestyle and is similar in personality and energy levels to your first cat.
Introduce the new cat to your existing pets slowly. Adult cats are territorial, and introducing a new cat to the family can be difficult, especially if they’re not used to sharing their space with other animals. The cats may be hissy or even start fighting, but in time will get used to each other.
If you have more than one cat, you’ll need plenty of space so that they can live together happily. It’s better to have a large area for your cats rather than keep them in a small apartment. If you have too many cats living in close proximity to each other, there are more likely to be problems.
Introducing a new cat to the family
If you already have one cat but want to introduce a second, try introducing them gradually with the help of an expert like a veterinary nurse or certified animal behaviorist. It’s often difficult to have two cats from different litters living together in harmony. Whether the cats get on or simply co-exist and avoid each other will depend on the individual cats’ personalities.
Rather than introducing cats, it may be best to get two kittens from the same litter or adopt two or more cats that have already been living together from an animal shelter. In general, cats that have been together since they were kittens get on better with each other.
If you have more than one cat, you need to monitor their health and behavior closely. Check that the cats aren’t bullying or ganging up on each other and always have a space where your cats can retreat if they need time alone. A certified animal behaviorist can provide advice on how to handle your cat colony if there are any problems.
Here are some tips for a successful introduction
- Introduce cats slowly
- Leave the new cat in a separate room for the first few nights. Let the cats get used to each other’s scents by swapping blankets.
- Let the cats smell each other under a closed door.
- Let your new cat explore other rooms while your other cat is out. This will allow the cats to get used to each other’s scents before they meet.
- Let the cats meet when they are both relaxed. Always supervise the meetings and encourage your cats to play together.
- Be sure to give your old cat plenty of attention during this time so that he doesn’t feel jealous of the newcomer.
How many cats is too many? This question isn’t easy to answer. Cats can live happily in colonies of four or more as long as you have enough space, take the time to introduce them carefully, monitor their health and behavior closely, and be prepared to neuter your pets to avoid unwanted kittens. If this sounds like too much work, then it’s best to keep your first cat and stop there!