|Thinking about two?
|Thinking about two?
|Spots Of Gold
|Spots Of Gold
|♥ On Second Thought...Are Two Kittens Better Than One? ♥
So you have made a decision to buy a Bengal kitten! Choosing the right kitten is a big step, but it's worth it
and the results are very rewarding. It's best when kittens go in pairs. Yes, think two instead of one if possible.
If you’re thinking about bringing a kitten into your life, there are many reasons why you should actually
consider doubling that and bringing home a pair. Starting off with two may actually be much easier and more
beneficial for the kittens and for you. Our experience is that kittens adapt and settle in much better as pairs
or into a home that already has another young kitten. If you have decided to buy a Bengal, it's worth
considering getting two if you don't already have a young cat in your household.
This can be less work for you, because the kittens will expend much of their youthful energy on each other.
The companionship will make for more well-adjusted pets and you will almost immediately understand why
getting two was the right decision as you watch their interactions.
|♥ What if I have an older cat? ♥
Of course it depends on the established cat’s personality, but in our experience, we find that many adult cats’
patience can run thin when a kitten wants to play. Though it might sound contrary, an older, established cat
will probably accept two kittens better than one. One kitten will seek out the older cat as a playmate, or
worse, tease and pester the senior cat which can cause stress to an older cat. The kitten in return, will be
“rewarded” for his playful efforts with hisses and swats. Two kittens will expend their energy in play with
each other, leaving their older “uncle” to relax in peace.
♥ Kittens and Life Enrichment ♥
For a kitten, the ability to have a companion for playtime can be one of the best forms of enrichment. Let’s
face it, you have to work and spend time away from home and a little kitten can get lonely and even scared.
Many people are under the false impression that cats are solitary and don’t want companionship but they do
have a social structure and most truly benefit and thrive when they have a feline buddy.
The companionship two kittens can provide each other may help prevent future behavior problems from
boredom or separation anxiety. Often, the bond between two cats who have grown up together becomes very
strong and special. Watching two long-time cat companions curled up together as they nap in the afternoon
sun is a precious sight.
♥ Cost and Care of Kittens ♥
After the initial kitten vaccinations, the veterinary costs taper off in most cases. You’ll most likely just be
dealing with routine yearly appointments. Many veterinary clinics offer multi-pet discounts as well so be sure
and check that out to save even more money.
When it comes to toys and cat furniture, your biggest expense will be a cat tree (I highly recommend that you
get one or more) and you’d have that expense regardless of whether you purchased one kitten or two. And if
you’re at all familiar with cats, you know that some of the best cat furniture are empty cardboard boxes. You
can make a cat condo by using duct tape to connect several cardboard boxes. Cut holes in the boxes and
create a fun kitty playground. Simple and very inexpensive.
When it comes to care, such as grooming, trimming nails, and so on, if you start training them to accept the
process while they’re young, then the process will be very quick once they become adults. Train your kittens
to enjoy being touched and handled and it’ll make life much easier down the road should you ever have to
administer medication when they’re older. It’ll also enable you to do nail trims at home. The key is to start
the training early, be consistent and gentle. Make it a quick, fun experience that ends with a treat or reward.
♥ Spay / Neuter ♥
If the kittens were not sold to you spayed or neutered You have to remember to get them spayed/neutered
before they become sexually active, even though they are likely to remain indoor cats, because cats become
sexually mature between 5 and 7 months of age. Because of this, cats are usually spayed or neutered between
4-6 months, although it can be done as young as 12 weeks of age. Failure to spay or neuter in time causes a
host of issues but the worst is marking and spraying which after it has started is very difficult to stop.
♥ To Summarize ♥
Getting two kittens together means that they can play together, learn from each other, and keep each other
company. In general terms, it seems like the answer to the question, “Should I get one kitten, or Two?”
And since we always give a $200 discount on any regularly priced second kitten, the answer is...
Two kittens are always better than one!
Need More Information?
If you’re new to the world of Bengal kittens, check out our frequently asked questions page
"If it's not a Bengal, It's just a cat"