Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | August 4, 2010

Double Adoptions can be Doubly Good for Household

Mork Misses Mindy - Adopt 2!

Second Chance Humane Society has been rescuing a plethora of loveable cats and kittens this summer and now they need to get them into loving forever homes.  As such they thought it would be a good time to promote the benefits of adopting more than one cat.  To encourage this action Second Chance is offering a financial incentive by waiving the adoption fee for adopters of a second cat. Since all adoptable cats at Second Chance, like myself, are spay/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped, this really makes adopting two cats very affordable.

Now let’s discuss the additional benefits to adopting two cats, particularly two that are well matched and have enough physical space to live together comfortably. More than one cat creates a feline friendly environment of exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation that single cat dwellers don’t have. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), cats housed together have more opportunity to “just be cats” by socializing and playing with each other, and this means they are less likely to be destructive or engage in other problematic behaviors.

For example, one of the Second Chance staff has a single cat and she sometimes complains about being awoken in the early morning hours by her cat seeking a playmate, while another staff member sleeps through the night because her cats play together and let her sleep.  There are the emotional factors to consider as well, until recently I was housed with my sister “Mindy” here at the Shelter.  We arrived together but she was just adopted without me.  Now I am lonely and missing her. 

Amidst the benefits of adopting two cats together I should also mention a potentially negative side of this to those who have single cats, it is referred to as “cohabitation anxiety.” Adult cats with a history of living alone are sometimes better off remaining solitary, unless you can provide enough space so that the cats are essentially living alone in the same home. Additionally, be aware that cats can take a long time to accept each other, sometimes months to stop the squabbling and start hanging out together.

When creating a multi-cat home and deciding which cats to adopt, consider that cats have varying levels of activity and sociability- primarily based on age, previous experience and exposure to other cats. Thus, pairing kittens, adolescents, and young adult cats typically meets with success, as can pairing a kitten with an experienced adult female.  In some cases, a calm, mature adult with a history of maternal or social behavior can tolerate the inappropriate behavior of a younger cat with limited social skills, and in the process “teach” the youngster more socially acceptable behavior.

Should you decide to make yours a multiple-feline household, please keep in mind that your cats are not likely to become best buddies immediately so be cautious when introducing cats to each other.  But realize that by adopting more than one cat you are not only saving an additional life but you are creating a better home environment for your new pets.  So when adopting a cat, remember there are plenty of cats like me, “Mork”, who prefer other cats to solitude. 

My name is Mork, I seek a home with others like me, Na-nu Na-nu.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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