Two Cats Are Better Than One
By having two or more cats, you are able to enjoy the true social nature of cats and their relationship with each other.
Cats who have a playmate tend to be more socially well-adjusted and avoid behavior problems like shyness, biting, hissing, being frightened and hiding in the company of people they don't know.
Cats need stimulation during the day, just like humans. Studies have shown that some animals left alone most of the day in the house have brains that weigh up to 25% less than the brains of cats who live in the street.
In Switzerland, an anti-cruelty law was passed that requires people who are buying/adopting dogs and cats to acquire two instead of one, since it is the nature of an animal to have company of his/her own kind.
Cats who have a buddy are less likely to ruin furniture out of boredom.
If you must work long hours or travel for a couple of days, two or more cats keep each other company and are more tranquil during your absence.
It's more likely that people bring back an adopted cat due to behavior problems when only one has been adopted, rather than two.
Your cat will remain more playful and youthful into his/her later years with a companion. Cats are much less likely to gain weight due to lack of movement if they have a buddy.
The work load to care for two cats remains relatively the same as with one.
You don't need more space for a second cat!
Reprinted from the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary Newsletter and Doing Things for Animals.