Tips for Owning Multiple Cats

The cat is one of the most popular pets in the world, and with good reason. Kitties are clean, lovable, and lots of fun. These adorable furballs are also quite versatile, and can do well both as only pets and with other furry roommates. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Fluffy will always get along with other kitties, however. If you have multiple cats, read these tips from a Fayetteville, NC vet on helping your feline friends get along.

Separate Facilities

Cats don’t like to share bathrooms. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to have one litterbox per furball, with at least one extra. Scoop all litterboxes daily, and clean them thoroughly about once a week. You’ll also want separate food dishes.

Lots of Toys

Make sure you have plenty of kitty playthings, so your furballs don’t end up squabbling over who gets to play with the squeaky mouse toy. Cats all have their own specific preferences, so offer your frisky pets a good variety.

Equal Attention

Make sure to pay your kitties equal attention. You may find yourself with two or three cats on your lap while you’re watching a movie, but, in our book, that isn’t a bad problem to have!

Playtime

Play with all of your cats, both separately and together. This will help your feline pals burn off excess energy, and can also help them bond. Plus, your furballs will probably be a bit tired after their play sessions. Tired kitties are much more likely to fall asleep than chase each other around!

Retreats

Offer safe retreats for your feline friends. You can use kitty tents or condos, boxes, or even spots under or behind furniture. That way, if any of your cats feels scared or wants privacy, they always have a place to go.

Veterinary Care

Make sure all of your cats see the vet at least once a year. Keeping up with vaccinations and parasite control is very important in multi-cat households! Spay/neuter surgery is also strongly recommended.

Kitty Furniture

When buying cat furniture, look for pieces that can accommodate all your kitties at once. You don’t want Fluffy and Mittens fighting over the pet tent!

Do you have questions about your kitties’ health or care? We are here to help! Please reach out to us, your Fayetteville, NC animal clinic, for all of your cats’ veterinary care needs.