7 Signs Your Cat May Need a Feline Companion
By Lindsay Lowe
“Should I get a second cat?” If you have one kitty at home, chances are you’ve asked yourself that question at some point.
It’s true that many cats can benefit from having a feline buddy. Although cats have a reputation as solitary animals, they are social creatures and can thrive on forming close bonds with other creatures.
Certain changes in behavior, such as irregular sleeping, eating, or grooming habits, may indicate that a cat is lonely and could benefit from some feline companionship. That said, if you notice behavioral shifts, don’t automatically assume your kitty needs a friend, cautions Marilyn Krieger, a certified cat behavior consultant and owner of TheCatCoach.com. “Whenever you see a different behavior, it’s very important to take the cat to the vet to make sure there isn’t something physical going on,” she says.
If you are thinking of bringing home a second cat—and your vet thinks it’s a good idea—here are seven signs that your cat may benefit from some feline companionship.