canis lupus familiaris
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northern California
here is where I'm confused. ASPCA has one article saying
Free-ranging and feral cats lead complex and busy lives. They maintain far larger territories than most people realize, and these territories often contain a variety of environments, such as forests, farmlands, urban gardens and yards. Within these territories, cats explore, hunt and scavenge for food alone. They only occasionally interact with other cats. They don’t live in groups or even pairs, and they don’t seek out contact with other cats. In fact, they actively avoid it. Considering this natural behavior of cats, it isn’t surprising that it can be very difficult to introduce a new cat into an established cat’s territory, even when that territory is your home.
but also has an article that says
Ah yes, there are many benefits to having two cats, but they apply only when the two cats are well matched and have enough physical space to live together comfortably. For one, two cats provide each other with exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Cats housed together have more opportunity to “just be cats” by socializing and playing with each other, and this means they are less likely to be destructive or engage in other problematic behaviors...However, the potentially positive aspects of having multiple cats are quickly negated in the face of “cohabitation anxiety.
Almost all of the cats on my list were adopted (awesome I guess lol) so I found one and I'm just gonna go in and get him lol. Funky because he is at a Petco and came in to the rescue with his sister as a bonded pair. They broke the pair up...and now he is all alone. I found an interesting rescue that moved to a rural area to expand. They take in abandoned/feral litters and adopt them out. They also TNR and all that fun stuff. They have a cat I'm interested in as well.