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Is it ok to get 2 kittens from the same litter?

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Mckayz Mon 05-May-14 06:59:47

We are planning on getting a couple of kittens soon. I was wondering if it is ok to get 2 from the same litter. I know it is recommended that you don't get 2 puppies from the same litter but wasn't sure about kittens.

Also are 2 males better or 2 females?


KatieKaye Mon 05-May-14 07:04:07

Two from the same litter would be lovely! As you are planning to get two of the same sex, it doesn't matter which sex it is - I've had 2 female cats in the past and also two male cuts. Currently we have two brothers from the same litter.
Hope you get your cats soon!

JaneZane Mon 05-May-14 07:05:16

We've always had two from the same litter and it worked brilliantly smile
Last two times we've had one male, one female. As long as you get them neutered promptly grin that works well.

ImAMonkeyMess Mon 05-May-14 07:06:56

We have brother and sister from the same litter. They are just over a year old and get on famously, though their personalities are chalk and cheese.

Mckayz Mon 05-May-14 07:09:43

Thanks everyone. We are all very excited.

JaneZane Mon 05-May-14 07:13:42

Some might say that bed was too small for two cats...

Neena28 Mon 05-May-14 07:14:48

I have a ds and a Dd and matching ds and Dd cats! They've both been done. Had them 4 years ish now they're lovely and kids have 'one each' altho in reality ds' s is the more cuddly and Dd adores him!

sashh Mon 05-May-14 12:47:24

I've fostered a couple of sibling pairs, they are lovely, they groom each other, play together and sleep together.

One piece of advice that you will not need for a long long time, when one passes away of old age, let the other one see the body.

OwlCapone Mon 05-May-14 12:51:42

Also are 2 males better or 2 females?

I would say that any combination is fine. The only slight edge males have is that neutering is easier and doesn't leave them with a huge bald patch and stitches smile

RabidFairy Mon 05-May-14 12:53:12

I've never heard that recommendation to not get two siblings from one dog litter. Genuinely curious now, why is that?

MILs neighbours cat had kittens and we went along to get a companion for the kitten we already had. The last two kittens were ginger brothers, totally lanky and gorgeous. We took both home and promptly named them Fred and George grin They are brilliant companions for each other. I'm sure your kittens will be the same.

BertieBotts Mon 05-May-14 12:56:39

I didn't know that about dogs either. With cats we've always had two sisters or two brothers.

BertieBotts Mon 05-May-14 12:57:04

IME I prefer females - males tend to spray even when neutered.

BertieBotts Mon 05-May-14 12:59:05

Oh sashh that's sad sad Why is that? We lost one of our cats when she was 2, unfortunately we couldn't recover the body as it was in the middle of a dual carriageway. Her sister pined for a long time and totally changed her behaviour, but became much more of a homebody and lived to a decent age, she was about 15 I think?

bigbadbarry Mon 05-May-14 13:02:36

Sibling pairs are lovely. We have had two sets (one was girl-girl and one girl-boy). Sadly in each case one was killed on the road sad
When i was a kid we had non-sibling pairs of cats who invariably hated each other!

AreYouFeelingLucky Mon 05-May-14 13:14:11

Bertie that's why. They pine and grieve, otherwise. Bizarrely, they move on much quicker quicker if they are allowed to see the body.

bigbadbarry Mon 05-May-14 13:18:23

(My current cat didn't even seem to notice when her brother died, no pining or anything. She followed me around for all of a day. Heartless so and so!)

OwlCapone Mon 05-May-14 13:28:48

They don't necessarily pine.

tabulahrasa Mon 05-May-14 13:52:00

Dogs don't bond properly with humans if there are two and often go on to develop behavioural issues...short article here.

Cats are very different and it doesn't cause the same issues.

sashh Mon 05-May-14 14:02:47


They seem to accept death. If they see the body they know what has happened, if they don't then they think the other one is missing and will look for them.

Yes some don't pine, but it takes seconds if you can do it.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 05-May-14 14:05:42

I have two from the same litter, a boy and a girl. Wr got them snipped promptly and they get along smashing.

qazxc Mon 05-May-14 14:14:29

Once they are neutered same sex/different sex makes no odds really.
I find that maybe neutered males tend to be a bit more soppy and stupid than females but it will largely come down to the character of the individual cat.

Birdsighland Mon 05-May-14 21:57:52

JaneZane, you lucky thing! What strapping bundles.

Birdsighland Mon 05-May-14 22:24:27

Sorry, JaneZane. Just saw your other thread. thanks

StrumpersPlunkett Mon 05-May-14 22:27:21

we have sisters from the same litter and they are like chalk and cheese.
Both very lovely though

JaneZane Mon 05-May-14 22:28:00

No worries bird, I chose to put up the pic, they were so cute when they were little but as adults they rarely slept squashed together. My older cat and the black/tortie teamed up after the first year (which is just as well in light of recent events). Still happy to show him off, he was a handsome devil wink

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