4 Reasons to Adopt a Bonded Pair

The only thing better than snuggling up with a sweet, fluffy cat? Snuggling up with two cats! Aside from doubling the fun (and the amount of love), there are several reasons why you might want to consider adopting more than one cat. Read on to learn why we think adopting a bonded pair, or adopting another cat as a friend for the feline family member you already have, is one of the best decisions you can make!

Foster cats Bowie Lane and Carmichael love three things: catnip, licking you when being pet, and most importantly — each other.

Foster cats Bowie Lane and Carmichael love three things: catnip, licking you when being pet, and most importantly — each other.

They can learn from each other

Cashew helps his brother Acorn learn to be braver by setting a confident example.

Cashew helps his brother Acorn learn to be braver by setting a confident example.

Kittens and adult cats continually learn survival skills and life lessons from each other through play and observation. Playing can teach hunting and social skills, while observing consequences for certain actions can help cats understand and define boundaries.

My fur-nephew Mycroft is an excellent example of this. A shy and reserved cat, he was a solo guy for several years before my brother and his wife adopted him. They introduced him to his new brother Wolf, an outgoing and playful younger cat. Wolf has no qualms about walking up and demanding attention from visitors, and through watching Wolf interact with humans, Mycroft has become much more friendly and social. It’s been amazing to see Mycroft come out of his shell even more.

They’ll keep each other entertained

With their two brothers already adopted, sisters Monkey and Maru will rely on one another for lots of play time.

With their two brothers already adopted, sisters Monkey and Maru will rely on one another for lots of play time.

Two cats can provide one another with social interaction and mental stimulation. By playing together, it usually means they’re less likely to engage in destructive behavior that can be damaging to your furniture and belongings. Single cats might also struggle with being left alone for long hours with little physical or mental stimulation, which can result in them becoming bored and depressed, or developing bad habits. Living with and being bonded to another cat keeps them entertained and happier, whether they’re playing or snuggling together.

It’s basically the same price

Let’s face it, you’re buying the supplies for one cat anyway! Aside from any immunizations that may be needed, adopting two cats at the same time doesn’t cost much more than adopting just one. Cats can share a lot of supplies such as litter boxes, toys, and beds, so you won’t need to buy much more for two cats compared to one. Additionally, many rescues, Cat Town included, offer discounts to adopters who adopt two cats.

Sahara, India, and Geneva were surrendered from the same home, so we hope to keep them together.

Sahara, India, and Geneva were surrendered from the same home, so we hope to keep them together.

You’ll saves two lives instead of one

Perhaps the best reason to adopt two cats is that you’re doubling the number of lives you’re saving by bringing two cats home instead of one. It can also be a little more difficult for a bonded pair to find a home since many people are intimidated by the idea of having two cats, or have only considered having one cat. Many pairs often wait a long time for an adopter, so when you bring home two cats you’re saving them from potentially a long wait.

There are more than a dozen incredibly adorable bonded pairs of Cat Town cats waiting to meet you, like Patrick and Caleb, Hank and Turtle, Brady and Belle, and even a trio with Sahara, Geneva, and India! If you would like to make an appointment to meet them, email info@cattownoakland.org. Don’t miss out on bringing home your new best friends!

January 2019 Adoptions

January 2019 Adoptions

How does that saying go? A cat a day keeps the doctor away? We might have that wrong, but that’s what happened in January – we found homes for as many cats as there were days in the month! We were especially excited to send senior cat Marnie, Forgotten Kitten Suzy, and bonded pair Europa and Lazarus to their new homes.