Kitty Post December 2020: Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One By Sallie Rhodes
Updated: Jan 1, 2021
Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One
What’s better than one adorable, playful kitten? Two adorable kittens! Aside from doubling your fun, there are definite advantages to adopting two kittens instead of one.
Kittens adopted in pairs tend to be happier, healthier, and better socialized pets than those adopted singly. Contrary to the stereotype, cats are highly social creatures who need the companionship of their own species. This goes double for kittens.
Two kittens are easier to care for than one. Kittens crave constant stimulation. A pair of kittens will keep each other entertained. As a result, they are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors such as attacking furniture, plants, and electrical cords.
Because cats are predators, pouncing and biting are instinctive behaviors. A pair of kittens will play hunt with one another instead of attacking you. This type of play teaches them important boundaries related to scratching and biting.
Kittens are particularly active at night. A single kitten will often keep its owner awake with jumping, pouncing, and other hunting behaviors that are directed at toes and anything else that moves. Two kittens will keep each other occupied with fun and games until they finally tire and fall asleep.
In most cases, an older cat is not the right companion for a new kitten. The roughhousing and energetic play that is characteristic of kittens may be annoying or even threatening to an older cat. Nevertheless, a pair of kittens may end up forging a good friendship with an older cat because they will have each other for aggressive play and can cuddle up with the older cat when it’s time to rest.
Beltsville Community Cats has kitten pairs available for adoption right now, and boy are they cute! Check them out on BCC’s Rescue page at www.beltsvillecats.net.