If you’ve been working from home for the past year or so, like many other pet parents you might be worried about leaving your cat alone when you return to the office. Won’t your cat be lonely, and does she need a mate to fill the void while you’re at work?
There’s a lot to consider when you’re deciding whether to bring an additional pet into your home.
If you’ve noticed that your once energetic cat seems to have less interest in playing, bringing a mate into your home might help your cat to get active again. Your cat may enjoy wrestling, chasing, and even cuddling with his new friend. It’s also good to socialize cats with their own kind. Having another feline in your home can stimulate your cat mentally in a way that you can’t. It may prevent your cat from getting into trouble due to boredom. You might even notice the feline duo inventing games, engaging in kitty talk with one another, grooming each other, and taking on similar traits. Having a feline mate to engage with also allows your cat to be a cat. However, there is more to consider than just how wonderful your home will be with an added cat.
Firstly, another pet means greater financial obligation. The cost of owning another pet will increase and you want to be sure you can afford the extra expense. Next, you will want to provide each of your pets their own space and introduce the new cat into your home carefully to give this new arrangement the best chance of success. Whether you bring in a kitten, or an adult cat who needs a forever home, do your research. Carefully contemplate the age, gender, and temperament of the new pet, and whether this new friend will get along with your cat.
Finally, you should only bring an additional pet into your home if you are truly committed to the extra time, work, and care another pet will need. You want to give your cat a mate but ultimately, you are making the decision for your cat, and you want to make the right decision.