Our cats are our first pets, and when we first decided we wanted cats, there was no doubt that we were getting two. In fact, it was two, or none. Having two meant more cost and responsibilities, but it also doubled our love and joy. We put ourselves in the shoes of our pets, and we know that’s what we just have to do. Of course, before you decide to get two, you have to be sure that you can commit and afford for at least 15 years.
Every living being thrives on love and companionship. Even if we can be home to keep the cat company, we can’t speak their language, we can’t lie in the sun with them, we can’t lick & groom them, or play fight with them. You have to be a cat too, to do that. With two cats, we know that they’re never lonely when we leave home everyday for work.
2) Learning to be gentle with others
Cats learn from play fighting. They learn how rough they can play to not hurt the other party, they learn what’s right and what’s not. And this learning will also be reflected on how they react to us when we handle them.When they first fought with each other, it didn’t end up that well. Sometimes they hissed at each other, other times they ended up with some bitten or clawed wounds. But as times went by, that never happened again. No matter how aggressive the fight might look, we were assured that they know what they are doing – it’s just pure play. Now that they have learnt how hard they can bite or claw to not hurt the other, they learnt that’s how they should treat us as well. It’s not something we, as humans, can teach them easily. And of course, it’s so funny to watch them fight – it’s lovely.
3) Less destructive
In short, they love to scratch, they HAVE to, it’s their natural instinct. And they do that even more often when they’re bored and lonely. If you do not want your sofa and carpet to end up in shreds, give your cat scratch poles, give your cat a friend.
Once again, it’s their instinct to groom to keep themselves clean. When they’re younger and more flexible, they could clean themselves at the most awkward places, but there are still spots, like the back of their head, that they will never be able to lick clean. Having two cats means they can groom each other at those difficult areas. And when they grow old, and get stiffer, having another cat around can keep each other kempt.
Having Toby & Pepper, we never look back ❤