Why We Suggest Adopting Two Kittens
VOKRA always suggests adopting two kittens if there is no other cat in the home or the other cat is old. We do not suggest this to get kittens out the door, but to make things happiest for both the adopter and the kitties.
They have grown up in a gang of litter mate pals, often with a mom to snuggle up to as well. Imagine suddenly being moved on their own to a new home, with new smells, people and ways of life. To have a sibling (or sometimes their mom) move with them makes it so much easier.
People ask if it will take away from how the cats are with them. No, we don't find this. They want their human attention but have each other when you are out. They run off energy while you are at work so you don't have a kitten on your face at night. You can put them in a separate room if they are still keeping you up and they then have each other. While they're young and do daft things, they can be kept in a small safe room during the day or when you can't watch them, and they have each other to goof with instead of getting into trouble all over again.
Each year we have people saying, "Oh, we'll try it out and see if he is lonely." And then they are back in five months or so, saying we were right and wanting to adopt another. But the hard time is right at the start. That's when they really need a pal. Introducing a new kitten into a home later, with one already there, is much trickier than just right at the start getting the pair who are already best friends.
Eleven Reasons to Adopt Two, Not One
1. You're saving two lives instead of one.
2. One kitten almost always becomes lonely.
3. One kitten can drive an older cat nuts.
4. Two kittens will "self-train" in litter box skills.
5. When really young, they can be kept in a smaller room, out of harm's way.
6. They help each other burn off energy.
7. The incidence of behavior problems is lower with two kittens.
8. Curiosity overcomes "food finickyness".
9. They act as pillows for one another.
10. Having two kittens is insanely fun.
11. They will each have a friend for life.
If you are considering adopting a kitten, think about your best friend and
then ask yourself whether you would deprive your kitten of the enrichment a friend
brings to life.