If you’ve ever brought home a new cat and you already own one, then you know how complex the introduction of the two pets can be. Cats are finicky animals that are slow to warm up to new animals and situations, which can make it difficult to integrate a new cat into your household. If your cat spends time outdoors, then they are likely to run into other cats, which will likely take an adjustment period similar to that of introducing a new cat into your home.
Will your cat ever make friends with other cats? Cats are able to bond with other cats, forging what we might consider a “friendship” with each other. Not all cats want to form bonds with other cats, though!
Bonding Between Cats
Although some cats may warm up to each other within a matter of days or weeks, it typically takes between 8 and 12 months for two cats to form a bond close enough that they could be considered to be friends. In some cases, though, the two cats may never bond. While this situation usually results in two cats that simply stay out of each other’s way, it sometimes requires one of the cats to be permanently rehomed for the safety and health of the animals.
Keep in mind that cats are naturally solitary animals. They can form bonds with other animals and people, but in the wild, cats usually live completely solitary lives. They may only interact with other cats when there is a territory dispute or breeding season is in full swing. If you’ve ever watched a feral cat colony, then you’ve likely noted that some cats do seem to stick together. In many cases, these cats have bonded from a young age. They may even be siblings.
Does My Cat Need a Cat Friend?
If you’re currently living in a one-cat household, you may have caught yourself wondering if your cat might be happier if you gave them a feline friend. If your cat spends a lot of time alone or seems excessively bored, even when you spend daily time with them playing and snuggling, then they may benefit from the addition of another cat in the home.
It’s important to remember, though, that most cats are perfectly content to live in a home with no other cats. In the wild, their territory would be relatively large, and cats are often not keen on sharing their territory with other felines. This is one of the main reasons that it’s so difficult to introduce two cats to each other.
Many cats can adjust to the addition of a new cat to the home. Even if your cat may not necessarily want a feline friend, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to adjust to a new cat, nor does it mean that they’ll never bond with the new addition.
Cats may not form friendships in the traditional sense that humans do, but they can bond closely with other cats. Littermates that are raised together or kittens that are kept with their mother are most likely to be tightly bonded to their companion. Other cats can learn to accept other cats, sometimes even forming extremely close bonds. Cats are solitary animals, though, so many of them are very happy to live in their own territory without the intrusion of other animals.
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