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Cats often seem like aloof, solitary animals but they are actually very sociable creatures who thrive on building intimate ties with other animals. Below, our Murfreesboro vets discuss getting a second cat as a companion for your first, and how to introduce them to each other.

Does my indoor cat need a friend?

If your cat's behavior changes, such as inconsistent sleeping or eating patterns, this could be an indication of loneliness. If your veterinarian agrees, here are seven signs that your cat would benefit from feline company.

Clinginess

If your cat meows frequently, follows you around, and refuses to leave you alone, they may be requesting more social connection. This demanding behavior could indicate separation issues.

Excessive Grooming

Obsessive grooming, which is commonly used to self-soothe, could also signal that your cat would benefit from company. If your cat exhibits peculiar grooming habits, don't assume he's lonely; it could be a sign of a medical issue. If you find your cat is unkempt and not grooming himself as much, this could indicate that he or she is lonely or sad, but you should first contact a veterinarian.

A Shift in Sleeping Habits

A change in sleeping habits can also suggest loneliness. If your cat sleeps a lot and no longer interacts with you, she may be lonely and suffering from melancholy. However, as with any other behavior change, it is crucial to first rule out any medical difficulties.

Litter Box Issues

Unusual litter box behaviors could indicate loneliness or stress. If your previously litter-box-trained cat begins to urinate in other areas of the house, you should contact your veterinarian straight once. Because cats are creatures of habit, when their pattern changes, it seems to humans as if a neon sign is blinking.

Odd Eating Habits

Is your cat eating more food than usual? It could indicate that someone is bored or uninterested in social circumstances. Cats, like humans, may turn to food when faced with a shortage of options. Alternatively, the cat may stop eating because it is depressed. If your pet's feeding habits alter, visit your veterinarian immediately since this could suggest a medical problem.

Getting a Second Cat

If you've consulted your veterinarian and have determined that there are no medical issues, it could be that your cat is just longing for a friend.

Despite this, determining a cat's preparedness for living with another feline might be difficult, but a slow introduction process will assure a favorable start. Here are some ideas for actions and questions to consider:

  • How is your cat getting along with the other cats in the neighborhood? If your cat dislikes other cats entering their territory and becomes agitated or angry when this occurs, it could be a hint that they would not accept sharing their home with another cat. Bengals, for example, are ideally suited to being sole cats.
  • Cats who are related get along better than cats that are not related.
  • Younger cats are more likely than older cats to accept new feline members of the household.
  • Because of the lack of hormones, neutered cats get along considerably better than unneutered cats.
  • Is your house large enough to give each cat their own space where they can get away from other cats if they want to?

What should I do if one cat dies?

After the death of a cat who shared a home with another cat, it is natural for owners to want another cat to keep their remaining cat companionship. We recommend giving your surviving cat some time to acclimate to life without their spouse before obtaining a new cat or kitten. Cats have distinct social needs, so even if they have been living happily with another cat for many years, they may no longer feel the need for another partner.

How can I tell if my cats like each other?

Cats that have a deep link will frequently show evident signs that they regard themselves to be part of the same social group. Grooming, napping, or lying next to each other are examples of these cues. They may greet each other on a regular basis by touching noses or producing a little meow as they pass.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your cat is displaying any of the symptoms above, contact our Murfreesboro vets to book an examination for your kitty. While it may be the case that your cat is craving more social interaction, there could be an underlying health issue causing your cat's behavior.

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