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It would be silly to have 4 cats isn't it ?

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Catfriend1978 Wed 29-Nov-17 15:51:39

We already have 2 - one boy (5) and one girl (7), a friend of mine wants to give me her 2 kittens...I said yes to one but not 2..because 4 cats in a 3 bedroom houses with a garden in London would be mad isn't it ?

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 29-Nov-17 15:52:40

I have four in a three bed flat

MsHarveySpecter Wed 29-Nov-17 15:52:42

TBH once you've got 2 I'm not sure another 1 or 2 make much difference!

MsHarveySpecter Wed 29-Nov-17 15:53:03

Assuming you can afford food and vet bills or insurance

MikeUniformMike Wed 29-Nov-17 15:53:13

Take neither. It would be unfair on your cats.

Wolfiefan Wed 29-Nov-17 15:53:48

You can't take just one! shock
We had four at one point when I was a kid. As long as they are all amenable and you can afford them I can't see an issue. Have you space for litter trays and places they could all sleep?

Emillee Wed 29-Nov-17 15:53:56

I had 6 in a 4 bed once....

BirdieBeeBella Wed 29-Nov-17 15:57:11

I have 4 in a 2 bed. I went from 1 to 3 and now 4, no difference between 1 to 4 tbh. We also have a dog.

Fauxtatoes Wed 29-Nov-17 15:58:12

I've got 4 in a 3 bed apartment. Do it!!

Tedster77 Wed 29-Nov-17 15:58:58

I have 4. They are no more work than 1. The only ‘stress’ is one is pain in the arse for peeing on clothes, towels etc!

Homesunderthehammer27 Wed 29-Nov-17 16:01:21

I'd always take 2 kittens as they will entertain one another when they are small and hopefully bond as they get older, but as an owner of 4 cats, I'd say it comes with challenges around behaviour and 2 cats is plenty.

EachandEveryone Wed 29-Nov-17 16:01:42

If they are allowed out then I don’t see that there would be much difference. Insurance will be a lot though and a cattery if you use one.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 29-Nov-17 16:13:18

We had four.

Catfriend1978 Wed 29-Nov-17 16:36:27

They would be all insured but what worries me is that I read about multi-cats house being more prone to disease like Fip for example.

crazycatgal Wed 29-Nov-17 17:02:41

I've had 4 cats for 6 years now and none of them have ever been ill.

Lunde Wed 29-Nov-17 17:04:55

We said no more when we had 4 cats .... but.... then we spotted an extremely malnourished, abandoned young cat trying to eat bird food and eat snow - investigations found that she was living under an old barn - so now we have 5! All are insured and vaccinated annually - they don't seem to be especially prone to illnesses.

Catfriend1978 Wed 29-Nov-17 17:06:08

Crazycat - do you manage to give the same level of attention to all of them ? I'm working from home so it's an advantage, I can top up bowls, letting cats in and out, cuddles etc..

Wolfiefan Wed 29-Nov-17 17:07:23

Vaccinated and neutered. Can't see it being a major risk. The problem would be when people have loads of unneutered pets out at all hours. Not vaccinated etc. I'm guessing!
I wouldn't take one. Both or neither.

crazycatgal Wed 29-Nov-17 17:28:37

@Catfriend1978 Yes they all seem to get a lot of attention and nobody seems left out. For example - one cat doesn't really come for cuddles on the sofa but she sleeps right next to me and she wants cuddles morning and night and one loves sitting on my lap on the sofa but loves to sleep alone at night. Sometimes I wake up from a nap with all 4 lay on me 😂

Catfriend1978 Wed 29-Nov-17 17:51:32

I love cats so much - you have me almost convinced smile

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Wed 29-Nov-17 18:06:30

Four cats have worked well for us in the past. We are down to two now but will be getting a couple of kittens in the near future to bring numbers back up again. Battersea do require at least one bedroom per cat - looking at the picture I'm not sure why. grin

thecatneuterer Wed 29-Nov-17 18:25:02

Four cats is nothing in a house like that. My house is similar and I have 22 or so. And that doesn't really seem like that many. And they are all fine and happy.

It's rubbish that it would't be fair to your existing cats. I'm sure they would all learn to coexist happily.

You definitely can't just take one though. You can't split the kittens up.

Tinselistacky Wed 29-Nov-17 18:27:15

The new cat won't love you if you don't take it's friend op!!
Once had 6 in an average house with a dog!!

Effendi Wed 29-Nov-17 18:29:22

Pah! 4?
I have 14!

thecatneuterer Wed 29-Nov-17 18:30:05

Just a quarter or so of the cats in my house - and they all get along fine.

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