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How many cats is too many?

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Kayleighann Sat 03-Oct-15 15:25:05

Hi, we have 2 cats a male 6 and female 4. Both moggys both neutered. Both indoor cats. I have seen some persian kittens and am thinking of buying one.
Is 3 to many cats?
Will my 2 be ok I don't want anyone to start marking there territory!
My current 2 cats are not friends, they tolerate each other they don't fight but they sleep separate never get to close to each other but do eat nxt to each other.
Will bringing in another disturb the peace?
If I do is it better to get male or female or wud it not matter ?

LemonPied Sat 03-Oct-15 15:27:38

There's no such thing as too many cats.
But adding another cat to an already not best friends cat dynamic might upset the balance.
We've used felliway with decent results in the past.
Why are they indoor cats?

MyBlackCat Sat 03-Oct-15 15:33:33

I think the formula to follow is your current number of cats + 2

Therefore you can always get one more wink

bigbadbarry Sat 03-Oct-15 15:36:04

I got a third cat this year (adopted it for a friend who had to rehome him) and I have to say it's not been great. The original two were good friends; one gets in with the new cat and the other completely hates him. It is definitely improving gradually with time but with hindsight I probably wouldn't do that again.

eddiemairswife Sat 03-Oct-15 15:36:34

I ended up with 5 at one time. Not by choice..... they sort of arrived in dribs and drabs via student son, FIL's neighbour, rescue centre....At present I have two - 1 from Cats' Protection, the other has decided here is better than his other home. All have been outdoor cats.

Kayleighann Sat 03-Oct-15 17:52:17

They are indoor cats as we live near a main road. My first cat got run over and broke his leg and tail and vet said we should keep him as a indoor cat.
He is a grumpy cat and has been since a kitten. He wasn't socialised so just hid all the time wen he was little. He's loads better now but not a cuddly cat. My other cat is very cuddly and dog like, follows us everywhere. She tries to snuggle in with the other cat but she gets a paw round the head if she gets to close.
I think she would like a friend who wants to cuddle her lol altho no guarantees they would get on, but Persians are said to be very accepting of other cats so hopefully they would xx

Madbengalmum Sat 03-Oct-15 17:55:05

Believe me three cats is soooo much more work than two, inconcievably so.
Stay as you are, i did it and they all fell out and it has not been until i lost one through old age that things have settled down.

Mamamoose1 Wed 11-Nov-15 13:13:12

I've had four before, all cats got on great. Two were street cats from Romania. I rehomed the senior cat with my sister, the other cat i adopted, had epilepsy, I wouldn't have been able to rehome him, due to his condition, sadly he died after spending nearly a year with us, just after getting his epilepsy under control, which was extremely sad, so now we are left with our two cats. I think because I've fostered cats in the past, had cats in and out of our house, they've adapted to accept other cats.

whatsinthename Wed 11-Nov-15 13:20:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

juneybean Wed 11-Nov-15 13:22:13

Persians are daft as a brush but are high maintenance in terms of grooming and insurance.

stopfaffing Wed 11-Nov-15 13:26:26

I have two brothers. They get on in antagonistic harmony, from sleeping together to stalking and pouncing on each other. I would not upset the balance by getting another cat, although I would love to.

Costacoffeeplease Wed 11-Nov-15 14:13:51

I have 15 - 'nuff said

whatsinthename Wed 11-Nov-15 16:38:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Costacoffeeplease Wed 11-Nov-15 18:21:43

I'm not in the U.K. so probably won't have the same food here, sorry

lizziejayne66 Tue 22-Nov-16 20:41:07

i also have 15 cats

Mumofazoo Tue 22-Nov-16 20:42:20

I have 3 and there hasn't been any problems.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 27-Nov-16 12:39:30

I've got two Persians. I have fostered a few times and there has been no problems with my two and the others. One of the foster cats wouldbtvstay in the spare room. I was expecting trouble but there was no problem. The rescue I got my girls from has two exotics I desperately want to have but I think my house is too small for 4 cats.

Badcat666 Sun 27-Nov-16 12:45:56

God, I've had as many as 9.

Always had a drip feed of unwanted kitties and basically everyone got on o.k after the initial week of sulking around. We always introduced them slowly and made sure the newbie had a safe place (normally one of the bedrooms) for the 1st couple of weeks. Nothing like a pile of cats all asleep on each other or trying to go for a walk with about 5 cats following you! grin

graveyardkate Sun 27-Nov-16 12:54:58

My aunt had 19 at one point; all indoor cats and all rehomes. That was too many; even she knew it!
I would think very carefully about introducing a new pet into an already existing household. I don't think it's fair on the cats, especially as they can't go outside and get away from it all if they don't like it. Maybe different if you found yourself having to give a home to a cat that would be on the street otherwise, but to add a new kitten to what you admit is already not the happiest of feline homes I think is just selfish. It might work out, but there is no guarantee and you might find yourself dealing with all sorts of nasties including inappropriate tilleing which believe me is no fun at all. Sorry, you did ask :-(

graveyardkate Sun 27-Nov-16 12:55:31


Hoppinggreen Sat 03-Dec-16 21:32:05

For us it was 4
I had 2 and then took in a stray. Then another stray decided to adopt us and I didn't think it would make much difference but suddenly it felt like there were cats everywhere!!!
Now we have a dog as well I think I won't go above 2 cats again.

CatBallou2 Tue 03-Jan-17 00:54:28

I have 3 cats, all rescues. The most recent rescue is an alpha female and I have to keep her separate from my other 2, as she attacks them. I would love for the 3 of them to be friends, but I can't get them to that point. Generally, cats don't seek the company of other cats, I think you're just lucky if your cats happen to like each other and become friends.

UnbornMortificado Tue 03-Jan-17 01:14:55

Costa I was just coming on to say a poster had 15 grin

I think thecatneuterer might have more.

TrustySnail Tue 03-Jan-17 01:24:45

It all depends on the cats and your circumstances. Three is not at all an unusual number, though.

If they're indoor cats, the usual litter tray allowance is 1 per cat plus 1, so that might be a be a consideration if space is an issue - have you room for 4 trays?

VimFuego101 Tue 03-Jan-17 01:24:45

3 was fine but 4 tipped me over the edge. The 4th (a boy) upset the dynamic and bullies the others, and now none of them really get on with each other or want to sit on laps.

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