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One wonderful thing about cats is that they can be quite versatile. Fluffy can do well as an only pet, but she is often just as content with some feline roommates. While many multi-cat households have happy furballs that get along, this isn’t always the case. Cats can be very jealous and territorial, and they’re not always thrilled to share their domains with other kitties. Read on for some great advice on keeping the peace between multiple cats in this article from a local Oconomowoc, WI veterinarian.
Cats don’t like sharing bathrooms. As a rule of thumb, you should have one litterbox per kitty, with at least one extra. Scoop all of the boxes daily, and replace the litter at least once a week.
Regular veterinary care is very important for people with multiple pets. You don’t want to take a chance on one of your furbabies getting sick, and passing the illness along to the others! Keeping up with parasite control and vaccines is also crucial.
Playing with your cats all together can help them form good associations with one another. You’ll also want to be sure that your kitties have plenty of fun toys to play with when you’re away. Our feline friends all have their own tastes, so offer a variety.
Our feline friends can be quite jealous. Don’t play favorites! Give all of your furballs equal time and attention. Of course, you may find yourself with all of your kitties trying to curl up in your lap at once, but, in our book, there are worse problems to have!
Ideally, you’ll want separate feeding stations for all your kitties. Your furry buddies may be able to share a water station, but you’ll need to wash it daily. An automated waterer is a good option for people with multiple kitties. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.
Make sure that you get enough kitty furniture to accommodate all of your furballs. You don’t want Fluffy and Mittens fighting over the pet tent! You may find it interesting to note that if you get a cat tower with multiple stories, the kitty on top is usually the boss cat.
Please reach out to us, your local Oconomowoc, WI animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your kitty’s health, behavior, or care. We are always here to help!