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thaegumathteth Thu 27-Jun-19 02:02:08

Rehoming a kitten soon having lost out much loved old cat last year. We are 2 adults, 8 year old and 12 year old and a 10 year old very loving, very excitable, Betty stupid cocker spaniel.

I’m wondering whether we’d be better getting one kitten or two? I’ve asked the rehoming centre and they’ve said its up to us really.

Any advice?

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TransFannyUltrasound Thu 27-Jun-19 02:13:47

Based on no pet experience other than a rescue cat who was a complete arsehole, I’d say get two kittens for double the fluffy cuteness! And post lots of pix please.

MmeBufo Thu 27-Jun-19 02:19:19

Yes, get two kittens. Male and female or two females. Never two males.

Can Betty definitely be trusted with them?

notangelinajolie Thu 27-Jun-19 02:20:22


MereDintofPandiculation Thu 27-Jun-19 08:26:11

We had two male kittens. They were lovely and maintained a friendship all their lives, usually sleeping within a few feet of each other.

Then next time we had kittens it was 2 males again, followed shortly after by another male kitten. They were more independent but tolerant of each other.

We've also had a male and a female; and currently two females. I can't say I'd go for any particular sex in the future.

Two kittens do a lot of entertaining of each other which is useful when you have to get on with other things. And from their point of view it spreads the load re stroking duties.

Ginlinessisnexttogodliness Thu 27-Jun-19 08:27:38


Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Thu 27-Jun-19 09:09:03


Beamur Thu 27-Jun-19 09:12:14

Two are no more trouble, and will entertain each other.
Generally I'd say get 2 boys or boy/girl rather than 2 females. But that rather depends on the personality of the cats but sometimes females are less keen on sharing space.

Loveislandfan Thu 27-Jun-19 09:14:47


viccat Thu 27-Jun-19 09:17:46

Two is definitely better, they grow up much healthier and happier with a friend of their own age/size.

And I don't think whether they are males or females matters. I have two of each and all get along although the boys are better friends with each other than any other pairing (and they are not the biological siblings). Ask the rescue to identify an already bonded pair if possible.

RickOShay Thu 27-Jun-19 09:22:01

Definitely two.
I have two sisters and a big dog.
They all get along splendidly grin
Watching the cats gives me a lot of joy.

thaegumathteth Thu 27-Jun-19 09:51:50

Thanks everyone!

Dog (not called Betty no idea why it said Betty instead of very!) can definitely be trusted - he is as soft as butter.

The kittens will both be from the same litter if that makes a difference?

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ifonly4 Thu 27-Jun-19 15:51:48

Two will be double trouble, but lovely and you're more likely to have one around. They will probably be crazy the first few months, running everywhere together, so hopefully could cope with your dog. Either way, they'll need a quiet spot somewhere. Obviously you need to look at your budget. Either way, as a thank you for our posts, photos please when you have themsmile.

You'll get mixed messages about the right combination. We had a boy and a girl originally, who just tolerated eachother. My two boys are 16 months now, are independent in that they come abd gi as they please, but they still go around calling eachother, washing eachother - it's lovely (my boy wouldn't let my girl do this after six months).

Liz38 Thu 27-Jun-19 16:51:41

Two, definitely. To start with they get confidence from each other, explore together and learn together. As they get bigger and braver they will probably start to do their own thing.

My neighbour's two 3yo boys still sleep cuddled up together. My initially very bonded pair of girls scrap sometimes, cohabit contentedly most of the time and fight to be at the back when they go to the vet grin

Congratulations on the arrival of little furry feet.

Passwordz Sat 29-Jun-19 15:46:38

Ooh just having this dilemma too.
Feels indulgent to get two but friends with just one said he/she was super needy.

Wolfiefan Sat 29-Jun-19 15:49:23

I got two sisters. They hate each other!
I would vote brothers or (if you can guarantee the neutering ASAP) brother and sister. But not tortie sisters. Oh no.

justilou1 Sat 29-Jun-19 15:52:52


justilou1 Sat 29-Jun-19 15:53:10


lljkk Sat 29-Jun-19 15:54:29

I've had 2 brothers twice & it was fine. Not sure what problem is supposed to be. Yes they squabble; cats squabble, the aren't famous for being nice to each other.

Betty will be told who's boss in no time.

lljkk Sat 29-Jun-19 15:54:42


Icequeen01 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:02:49

Definitely two! I’ve got two rescue boys and although they aren’t joined at the hip now like they were when they were little they always look for each other when the other one is not around.

Mamaslave18 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:04:47

I have two sisters who don’t get on. They adored each other for 3 years but now hiss at each other. It’s causing the more nervous of the two to wee around my house.

Icequeen01 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:07:38

How could you say no to two?

EL8888 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:09:42

@justilou1 Iove it!

Another vote for 2. We have 2, it’s lovely for us and they have each other. Sometimes they play together and sometimes they do their own tbing

Drum2018 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:11:57

We got 2 males, brothers, had them neutered at 6 months and they're great. They have the odd squabble, but nothing major - more play fighting. They are spoilt rotten by the kids. We had them in the house for one night when the arrived, but moved them out to the shed with a cat flap and they are happy there. They do come in during the day for a while.

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