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If my current cat is not helping as an emotional support animal, can I adopt a second cat?

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

It depends. Before adopting a second cat, there are a number of important considerations to take into account:


1. Aggression: If your current cat has a history of aggression towards other animals or people, it is probably not suitable to introduce another cat.


2. Age and Energy Level: Consider the age and energy level of your current cat and the potential new cat. Cats with similar energy levels and play styles are more likely to get along well. For example, a cat with an assertive and very playful personality might not get along well with a shy or quiet cat.


3. Introducing Cats: Consider the process of introducing the new cat to your current cat. Introductions should be gradual and supervised to allow the cats to get accustomed to each other's scents and presence. This process can take time and patience.


4. Space and Resources: Assess whether your living space can accommodate another cat comfortably and has space so that the cats can be separated from each other. Each cat should have enough space for eating, sleeping, litter boxes, scratching posts, and play areas. Ensure you have enough resources, such as food, litter, and toys, to meet the needs of multiple cats.


5. Time and Attention: Evaluate whether you have enough time and attention to give to each cat individually. Cats require social interaction, playtime, grooming, and feeding. If you are frequently away from home or have limited time to devote to each cat, it may be challenging to provide adequate care and attention.


6. Health Considerations: Ensure that your current cat and new cat are healthy (e.g, do not have FIV) and up to date on vaccinations.


7. Financial Responsibility: Assess the financial implications of adding another cat to your household. Cats require veterinary care, including vaccinations, routine check-ups, and potential medical emergencies. Factor in the costs of food, litter, toys, grooming, and other supplies for multiple cats.


8. Long-term Commitment: Consider the long-term commitment of owning multiple cats. Cats can live for 15 years or more, so think about the implications of caring for multiple cats throughout their lifespans.


Deciding whether to get a second cat requires careful consideration. While many cats can eventually get along with each other, there is no guarantee that they will. If you work with Cat Companions, we do our best to find adoptable cats that have shown compatibility with other cats.

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