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How to Tell if Your Cat Wants Another Cat

How to Tell if Your Cat Wants Another Cat

Cats often seem like aloof, solitary animals but they are actually very sociable creatures who thrive on building intimate ties with other animals. Below, our Villa Rica vets discuss getting a second cat as a companion for your first, and how to introduce them to each other.

Does my indoor cat need a friend?

If your cat's behavior changes, such as erratic sleeping or eating patterns, this could be a sign of loneliness. If your veterinarian agrees, here are seven signs that your cat would benefit from feline companionship.


If your cat meows a lot, follows you around, and won't leave you alone, they may be asking for more social interaction. This very demanding conduct could signal separation concerns.

Excessive Grooming

Obsessive grooming, which is commonly used to self-soothe, could also indicate that your cat would benefit from company. If your cat exhibits unusual grooming habits, don't assume he's lonely; it could be a sign of a medical issue. If you notice your cat is unkempt and not grooming himself as much, this could indicate that he or she is lonely or sad, but you should first consult a veterinarian.

A Shift in Sleeping Habits

A change in sleeping habits can also indicate loneliness. If the cat sleeps a lot and no longer interacts with you, it could be because she is lonely and has developed melancholy. However, as with any other habit modification, it is critical to rule out any medical issues first.

Litter Box Issues

Unusual litter box habits may be a sign of loneliness or stress. You should contact your veterinarian right away if your cat who was previously litter box trained starts to urinate in other parts of the house. Because cats are creatures of habit, when they alter their routine, it appears to humans as though a neon sign is blinking.

Odd Eating Habits

Is your cat eating more food than usual? It could indicate that someone is bored or uninterested in social situations. Cats, like humans, may turn to food when faced with a lack of options. Alternatively, the cat may stop eating because it is sad. If your pet's eating habits change, consult your veterinarian immediately as this could indicate a medical problem.

Getting a Second Cat

If you've consulted your veterinarian and have determined that there are no medical issues, it could be that your cat is just longing for a friend.

Despite this, it can be challenging to gauge a cat's readiness for cohabitation with another feline, but a slow introduction process will ensure a positive start. Following are some suggestions for actions and inquiries to ponder:

  • How is your cat getting along with the other cats in the neighborhood? If your cat is agitated or angry when other cats enter their territory, it could be a sign that they would not accept sharing their home with another cat. Bengals, for example, are ideal as solitary cats.
  • Cats who are related get along better than cats that are not related.
  • Younger cats are more likely than older cats to accept new feline members of the household.
  • Because of the lack of hormones, neutered cats get along considerably better than unneutered cats.
  • Is your house large enough to give each cat their own space where they can get away from other cats if they want to?

What should I do if one cat dies?

After the death of a cat who shared a home with another cat, it is natural for owners to want another cat to keep their remaining cat company. We recommend giving your surviving cat some time to adjust to life without their mate before getting a new cat or kitten. Cats have distinct social needs, so even if they have been living happily with another cat for many years, they may no longer feel the need for another companion.

How can I tell if my cats like each other?

Cats with a strong bond will frequently exhibit clear indicators that they consider themselves to be members of the same social group. These indicators include grooming, sleeping, or lying next to each other. They may regularly greet each other by touching noses or making a small meow as they pass.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your cat is displaying any of the symptoms above, contact our Villa Rica vets to book an examination for your kitty. While it may be the case that your cat is craving more social interaction, there could be an underlying health issue causing your cat's behavior.

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