Friday, 13 June 2008

One cat or two?

You will regularly see on our site pairs of cats who need to be re-homed together. You may also have noticed that, sometimes, they take longer to re-home and perhaps you have wondered why we just don't split them up. It is usually because the cats are very, very close to one another. Perhaps they were litter siblings and have never known life without one another. Or, they may be from different litters, but have lived together for years.

Very often their emotional attachment to one another is very deep and very touching and, in those circumstances, it would be cruel to separate them. Of course, it worries us when it takes a long time to re-home them, but we believe that we must wait. When there is no particular attachment between pairs, even if they have come in together, then we do sometimes separate them.

What are the benefits of having two cats together? There are many reasons. They are company for one another and, if you are out at work all day, it is far easier to leave them for longer periods of time without having to worry about them.
They amuse one another and play together. Especially with younger cats, this can be a good thing, particularly if you are not the type of person who likes to play toys with your pet.
It is also very interesting to watch them interact and watch out for each other. Also to see them curled up together as they sleep.

We realise that the cost of keeping two cats is higher and you are the only ones who can know whether you can meet that cost, so you would need to balance that against the undoubted joys of having a cat pair.

At this time, we have a few cat pairs available for re-homing. I happen to think that they are all special, but they do have distinctive characteristics, just like us. Why not pay them all a visit? We never put any kind of pressure on anyone, as it is important that owners have the cats which are right for them and also important that cats have the new home which is best for them. You can take your time and visit as often as you like.

Next time you want a new pet, please consider one of our cat pairs.

Also please look at our latest success story, where we hear how Tizzy and Munch have settled down well in their new home.

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