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Adopting Two Kittens: What to Expect
Imagine this: You go down to the local shelter and find two kittens who are litter-mates. They are of course bonded to each other and it melts your heart just watching the two of them sleep together and have fun with each other. So, you wind up adopting two kittens instead of one.
Oh boy. What have you gotten yourself into?
While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, it will at least give you an insight into what it's like to own two kittens.
Double the Trouble
You betcha. Twice the kitten means twice the amount of trouble that they can get into. Often one will egg the other on and more often than not when one learns a bad habit, the other is sure to pick up that habit.
Definitely be sure to be on top of bad habits that start to form right away. This includes jumping on tables, chewing on plants, climbing on forbidden objects, going where they're not supposed to, scratching, etc.
With our two kittens one of them is a more cautious then the other. One will always find trouble first and the latter will follow suite. Also be aware of different personalities between your kittens. One form of discipline may work better for one of them, while it doesn't work for the other one.
Double the Cost
While cost is not something that comes to mind right away, be sure you're aware that having two kittens means twice the amount of food, twice the amount of poop and twice the amount of vet bills.
Be responsible and do think about the animals as well. If they're going to be locked up in a cage all do, try to think of there well being. Is it right for them to grow up that way? If you're barely making it by with bills, can you really afford to have an animal, let alone two?
Cat food, litter and cat toys are expensive, especially kittens. They require special food and need a lot of stimulating toys and new experiences to keep them occupied.
This is probably the most endearing and fun part about having litter-mates. The forever bond is already established and they will always have a friend for life. Having two kittens gives them a friend that they can always play with, which helps out when you are doing chores.
Watching our two little munchkins play and chase each others' tails is hilarious. And I still am a sucker when they curl up next to each other and groom one another.
What's your experience with raising two kittens?
Kitten Proofing and Problem Solving
Twice the amount of kitten means that there's going to need to be twice the amount of fun. It's good to let the kittens play together, but it's also nice for them each to have their own bed or toy for them to play with. Sometimes your kittens will want to play by themselves, so be sure that there are plenty of toys for them.
Give them lots of stimulation. I've found that the best way to keep them out of trouble is to provide them with their own stuff. If they're climbing on on the counters or wanting to jump, I'll build them a cat box tower or give them boxes to play with. You don't always need to shell out a bunch of money, sometimes the best toys are the ones that are leftovers (like cardboard boxes to chew on, twisties off your produce bags, etc.)
The more things that your kittens have to keep them busy, the easier it is to keep them out of trouble.
Bonding with Litter-mates
Of course litter-mates will bond for life, but that doesn't mean that there won't be room left in their kitty hearts for you. You can provide a whole different level of "play" and fun for them.
Just remember to be patient with them. Every cat is different so how you get them to bond to you and how long it'll take will vary.
I always like to keep in mind that as kittens they're more interested in toys, treats and each other than they are with me. Most of the time they end up being exhausted and will be more snuggly once they're gotten their playful romp or their nightly laps around the house out of them.
Having two kittens is a whole different experience. I could never imagine raising two of them if I didn't have an extra pair of hands to pet them and help train them.
Two kittens means that there will always be someone for them to play with, which is great for people who can't spend all day playing with them and want them to have company throughout the day (which of course is not necessary, but it's nice!) These are the first kittens I've had, and the very first pair I've adopted, so I'll be sure to update this as I learn more about them.