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Does My Adopted Cat Need a Companion?

Companions provide friendship and stave off loneliness and boredom.

By Sylvia Ottaka

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Q: I adopted a young and active male cat about two months ago. We’re still working a few things out, but overall we get along great. My problem is, I’m afraid I’m leaving him alone too much. I leave for work at 8 a.m. and work two jobs, sometimes not getting back until 10 or 11 p.m. I’ve bought him toys to keep him occupied and leave a light and the radio on for him, but my heart breaks when I hear him trying to turn the doorknob when I leave in the morning. I am thinking about getting a second young male to keep him company during the day, but I’m afraid my one-bedroom apartment isn’t big enough.  I’m also concerned about the costs associated with owning a second growing cat. Can you help steer me in the right direction?

A: Congratulations on the adoption of your cat!

Your new kitty has been with you for two months and is still getting accustomed to his new family and home. Like people, animals do need time to adjust to their new surroundings.

I do recommend getting a companion for your cat since you do have long work hours and he might be lonely. You should adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Many offer low-cost adoption which include vaccinations and spay/neuter. The shelter or rescue staff will be able to assist you in selecting a friend for your cat. Take your time and get to know as many cats as possible. It will be best to choose a cat with an activity level that resembles the cat at home. It is important to find out if the cat you are interested in will get along with other pets and if they have interacted with other cats while in their care. Once you meet a cat you feel might be a match, ask the staff if he can play with another cat so you can see how he reacts.

Exploring pet insurance will help reduce the cost of yearly vaccinations and health exams. Pet insurance is similar to people insurance,;they offer many different plans and it is up to you to pick the one that is best suited for you and your pet’s age and activity level.

The cost of food and litter will double with two cats but the two will share the same litter pan and water bowl. In the end, your cat will be a happier and friendlier feline with a companion. The two will need time to bond but once they do they will play, sleep and spend the day together.

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Hadley    Boise, ID

9/13/2011 3:00:08 PM

This is a great article about whether a cat needs another companion to keep him company. I work for a pet insurance company (where my pet is also insured) called Pets Best Insurance LINK and we have a resident vet on our staff, Dr. Jane Matheys, who wrote a blog addressing this very same question. Here is the post: LINK/blog/caring-for-your-new-kitten/.

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