It Takes Two

April 29th, 2019

Deciding on whether to add a new addition to your household is a lot to think about, with many factors to consider. Petplan explore whether pets should be kept in pairs or are best left alone.

Cats

In the wild, cats are naturally solitary animals. This has been passed down to domestic cats, meaning they are very happy to live on their own. However, this does not mean to say that they would not also enjoy a little company. Providing a feline friend can be beneficial as the cat has someone to play with and someone to provide both physical and mental stimulation.

When taking on more than one kitten, it is best to take two from the same litter. However, if it is not possible, you can still successfully raise two kittens from separate litters, provided that you introduce them from an early age. The ideal age would be before seven weeks old.

If you are considering introducing a new cat to an existing household, you will need to take time to gradually introduce the new cat. It is possible to do so successfully, but only with patience.

Dogs

Wild wolfs need packs to survive, as do domestic dogs. Although, the difference being that domestic dogs will regard their owners as their pack. So it is possible for just one dog to live with a family very happily. However, they will benefit from a canine companion.

Adopting two littermates is quite different to kittens. Training two puppies at the same time can be a bit of a nightmare. Trying to teach one puppy to do something right whilst they watch the other puppy do it wrong is very confusing for a puppy learning. It is also hard to get the puppies to concentrate on learning. Littermates can also adopt problematic behaviours such as separation anxiety from each other and destructive behaviours.

To successfully bring a second dog into your home, it is better to have your first dog fully trained. It is also important to choose breeds and personalities which go together. In other words, do not bring home a big dog that is loud and playful, if you already have a small one who is very quiet and shy. Opposite sexes are thought to adjust to each other better, just make sure you desex your pets first.

Mainly, it is important to consider whether you have the resources to care for another pet. Do you have enough space to fit a new pet? Will you be able to afford the costs involved in owning two? If so, a proper introducing and persistent training will mean your new pet will settle in just fine.

 

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the writer. Content published here does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Petplan.

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