The Right Number of Cats?

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  1. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I’ve noticed a lot of postings regarding cats in the ‘After Hours’ area.

    Having just acquired a second cat, I’m curious as to what each of you think is the correct number of cats. And why.

    I have some views as to the correct number, but I’ll wait until I see what some of you think before commenting.
     
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    I presently have three, in the near future I'm gaining five more due to marraige. Eight's too many but that's the way it goes.
     
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    I think the minimum should be 2. Every kitty needs a friend.

    Beyond that, I would say it would depend on how much you enjoy cats, how much room you have and how many you can afford to feed and keep healthy.

    If I had unlimited financial resources, I'd probably have a dozen. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd agree that it's generally best to have more than 1, unless you're a shut-in who is always home and can provide your pet with constant companionship.

    There probably shouldn't be too many more cats than people who like them in the household, partially to make sure you can give them enough attention and care. Also to make sure they don't take over.

    In my city, a household is legally permitted only three pets.
     
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    Since I'm allergic to cats, zero seems to be the right number to me. [​IMG]

    On the other hand, my wife's name is Kat, so 1 might be the right number. Although if I could clone her, I think I'd prefer 2.

    Oh well, probably none of that is very helpful to you, but you asked. [​IMG]
     
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    Does the (relatively) short life span of cats enter into anyone’s view as to the correct number of cats?

    I’ve had it suggested to me that two is not enough, as when one dies, the survivor morns too deeply.
     
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    What does "relatively short" mean? Given proper care, living well past 10 years is common and 20 isn't unheard of. Granted, plenty of people cannot or do not do this...
     
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    At one point, we took care of 23 cats (98/99). We're down to a manageable 9 at the moment. And the first cat that's lived with us is still here today.
     
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    I don't think there is a right number or a universal truth here.
    I respect the argument for 2. It certainly seems to have benefits. but..

    There is no way Ali would let another cat in the house. He is just self-centered, selfish, spoiled etc.
    My friend has(had) two cats though, they were awesome together, but they were not very friendly outside of themselves. Since Frued has died, Franky has blown up in weight and doesn't do much at all. How sad for him to lose his best friend.
    Myself, I enjoy the single cat family.

     
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    I also strongly prefer a single cat family since all the cats I have ever had have always done extremely well without a second cat and have always been very loving and affectionate to all the humans in the house and always have made an effort to spend time each day with each person in their house with lots of happiness and purring all around. [​IMG]
     

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