Know the Facts of Multi-Cat Households
- Nearly one half of cat-owning households (49%) already own two or more cats. 1
- The average household has 2.1 domesticated cats. 1
- 35.4 million U.S. households own at least one cat. 1
- Regionally, cat owners keep more cats per household in the south (3.2 cats) than any other region; New England (1.9 cats) and Midwest (2.4 cats). 2
- 46 percent of cat owners consider their cats to be members of their family. 2
- Despite community efforts, less than 20 percent of owned cats are adopted from animal shelters. 1
- More than 75 percent of cats that enter animal shelters will not be adopted. 3
And the Benefits
- If you are getting a kitten, get two! Multiple cats are just as easy to keep as one and allow for a smoother transition when cats need to adapt to additional life changes. 4
- Cats that are raised with other cats are more accepting of newcomers than those who are raised in social isolation. 4
- Cats living in a one pet household are more likely to cause mischief while left alone due to the lack of activity and feline companionship. 4
- Felines from a Multi-cat household are less likely to suffer from either depression or separation anxiety. 4
- Major symptoms of feline separation anxiety syndrome include inappropriate elimination, destructiveness, and aggression. 4
Show Your Cat How Much You Care
- Try to provide playful interaction with you cat twice a day! Tempt your cats with fun toys to avoid inappropriate mischief.
- Stay positive! Encourage good behavior with praise and attention. Correct bad behavior by providing positive alternatives such as a toy or scratching post.
- If you have more than one cat, make sure to have more than one litter box. Place the litter box in a relatively quiet spot to provide privacy.
- Let your cat act out its natural predator instincts! The best toys are those that allow cats to be interactive with jumping and pouncing. (Don’t substitute a hand or finger as a play object.)
- Provide your cat with a clean, dry place of their own. A cat bed can provide a private safe haven for your cat to escape to.
1 American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA)
2 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook (AVMA)
3 National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy
4 Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, Dr. Cookie’s Guide to Living Happily Ever After with Your Cat