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Two is Better than One: Adopting Kittens in Pairs

Last Updated on July 30, 2021 by Holly Anne Dustin

Congratulations, you have decided to add a kitten to your family. Now take the leap and consider adopting a pair. There are many reasons adoptions are more successful when we adopt kittens in pairs. A single kitten can become lonely and bored, leading to mischief and mayhem. A pair of kittens will adjust to their new home faster, entertain each other, and teach each other manners. Adopting kittens in pairs might sound like extra work for you, but it really isn’t.

Reasons You Should You Adopt Kittens in Pairs:

They will each have a friend for life.

One of the best way to improve the life of a young cat is to get him a friend. Cats have a reputation of being solitary creatures who prefer to live alone. In actuality, they are very social animals. Kittens will thrive when raised with a feline friend. Companionship makes for well-adjusted pets.

Kittens that are raised together usually get along as adults.

It is easier to adopt a pair of kittens than to introduce a second cat later. Kittens typically socialize well with everyone. Their companion doesn’t have to be a biological sibling to have a successful social pairing. Kitty will make friends and bond with a similarly aged kitten.

Adopting two kittens does not lead to littermate syndrome in kittens as it does in dogs. Littermate syndrome is a social ‘disorder’ characterized by intensive bonding of two littermates to the exclusion of others. These littermates often suffer from separation anxiety, are typically very fearful, hard to train, and have poor social skills.

Keeping kittens together, on the other hand, supports their social development instead of hindering it. Kittens who are separated from their litter too soon are more likely to have problems developing “manners” or appropriate social skills. They do best when left with their mom and littermates for at least 12 weeks. Separating them earlier can delay their emotional and social development.

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Two Kittens are Easier to Train:

Kittens learn life skills from each other. Observing their siblings will help them figure out litterbox skills, grooming, scratching posts, and eating. Kittens raised in a litter will be less likely to be picky about trying new things. The curiosity about what their sibling is doing will overcome their natural resistance to unfamiliar objects or foods in their space.

Kittens learn by observation and by interacting with their littermates. Playing with her siblings teaches Kitty how hard is too hard to bite a friend. They pounce, chase, ambush, roll and wrestle to burn off all their energy. They learn to interact with objects, they toss, hold, and paw toys.

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Pairs of Kittens are Happier Kittens

One kitten can become lonely and bored. Kittens need a playmate, especially if their human works all day. They need stimulation to develop properly. Even for kittens with humans around, socialization with humans doesn’t replace socialization with other felines.

Being adopted is exciting, but it is a big change for a little kitten to be away from his mama cat, his siblings, and his home or rescue. A solo kitten will be scared, lonely, and confused. Adopting a pair of kittens makes the change easier. The kittens have a feline friend to help them through the adjustment period. A shy kitten can learn to adapt by following the example of a more adventurous, outgoing kitten.

If you plan to bring home a kitten as a friend for an older cat, think again. One kitten will drive an older cat nuts. Kittens need to run, climb, and play. They have to burn off their energy and an older cat isn’t likely to have the patience for that constant level of play. It will frustrate little Kitty that his new friend doesn’t want to engage with him.

If you adopt a pair of kittens, your older cat will watch his new young companions with amusement as they wrestle and run. And be grateful they can play with each other instead of pestering him. All the cats will be happier.

Pairs of Kittens Become Healthier Cats

Adopting kittens in pairs will keep your cats fit and at a healthy weight. Pairs will keep each other active. Older cats raised with a friend are more likely to get the zoomies together, ambush each other, and race each other to the top of the cat tree. Active cats are less likely to be overweight. They are less stressed. Healthy cats live longer, happier, lives.

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Pairs of Kittens Have Fewer Behavior Problems

Solo kittens, especially those that leave their mom and siblings at a younger age, are more likely to suffer from aggression, anxiety, and behavior problems. Single kittens don’t know to “speak cat.” They don’t understand how to show affection, ask another cat to play, or share territory. They will be harder to blend if you decide to get another cat later in life. These are the cats that attack your ankles, pounce on you in bed, bite, and scratch while playing. Some in the rescue community call this “single kitten syndrome.”

Bored single kittens create their own entertainment. They climb your curtains, get up on your counters, unroll your toilet paper, dig in the trash and chew up your chargers. Kittens in multiple cat situations can still do these things, but with a sibling to run around with, they are less motivated to create mayhem. Adopting kittens in pairs makes for better socialized pets.

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Pros and Cons of Having Two Kittens:

Pro:

  • Reduced loneliness and anxiety for the kittens
  • Reduces boredom and behavior problems
  • Kittens will have an easier time acclimating to new experiences
  • Kittens learn positive skills from each other
  • Cats will be healthier and happier
  • Double the fun and double the love for you

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Cons:

  • Medical expenses. Also, double the supplies, litter, and food costs.
  • Space requirements to provide all your cats the sufficient territory they need as they grow
  • If you have cats in the household already, you’ll have to blend in two new cats instead of one.

Save Two Lives by Adopting Kittens in Pairs

Trying to keep a single kitten occupied, safe, and happy can be much more of a challenge than you expect. Adopting two kittens is better than one because two kittens can play together, learn from each other, and keep each other company. And it is twice the fun and love for you.

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