Before I adopted my second cat, Phoenix, I didn’t know what I’d been missing. My other cat, Bubba Lee Kinsey, and I had lived together for eight years, and despite the occasional fang-induced flesh wound, I thought we were pretty happy. In fact, I worried that a second cat would upset our delicate balance of nighttime snuggles and the elaborate predator vs. prey scenarios we re-enacted at various intervals throughout the day (you can probably guess who played which role).
Then Phoenix came flopping into our lives (quite literally — she’s known for her well-intentioned but inconvenient snuggles) and everything changed. Thanks to this miraculous little calico cuddler, Bubba Lee Kinsey has a playmate and a companion. He no longer stalks me when I’m walking to the restroom at 3 a.m., because he’s too busy burying his face in Phoenix’s belly floof on the couch. If one cat is cute, two will make your brain melt.
If you’re still not sure you’re ready to bring another feline into your home, here are five videos that might help you make up your mind.
1. Why not get another?
This brilliant video from BuzzFeed explains in no uncertain terms that you should get another cat. After all, every cat needs someone to be weird and lazy with — and you need hours of free entertainment.
2. Improved communication skills
These two cats are embroiled in a very serious, animated conversation about who will lick the other’s face first. Another perk of having two cats: Sometimes they lick each other’s faces.
3. A beautiful friendship
This video provides a 12-step process for introducing your older cat to a new kitten. When Shorty meets Kodi, the cats’ relationship has a rocky start, complete with hissing and slapping — but by the end, the two are well on their way to a lifetime of Instagram-ready, #NoFilter nap-time snuggles.
4. An adventure buddy
Twice a day, Oskar the Blind Cat and his buddy Klaus, a former stray, go for walks down the long halls of their humans’ apartment building. Despite being blind, Oskar is good at finding his way around — and both cats have become pals with the neighbors.
5. Actually, you do have enough space
Take it from Jackson Galaxy: Even a small, one-bedroom apartment is fine for two cats if you “cat-ify” the house with the addition of shelves, bookcases, windowsills, and so on.
“As long as you make the territory bigger than just the floor, then you’re creating a world where two cats can easily live,” Galaxy says.
Do you believe that two cats (or three, or four) are better than one? Tell us why in the comments!
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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.