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Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Double!

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Kittens Learn From Each Other

If you’ve ever been around kittens you know they are on the move and into everything. Kittenhood is such an important time of learning about emerging skills. When jumping, the kitten is learning about how to gauge distances. When walking along narrow objects, the kitten is learning about balance. This time in a kitten’s life that looks to us to be mere play or curiosity is actually an important part of kitten education.  There are so many lessons taking place as kittens stalk, play, leap, climb, tumble, use their claws, practice posturing, etc. Since they also learn by observation, a pair of kittens will help each other through this education. This applies to everything from using the litter box to what objects are safe to land on and what ones aren’t. A more inquisitive kitten may help a more reluctant kitten to blossom.

Kittens and Life Enrichment

I spend so much time talking with my clients about environmental enrichment and the importance of providing a home environment that encourages playtime, exploration and security. For a kitten, the ability to have a companion for playtime can be one of the best forms of life 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.

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The companionship two kittens can provide each other may help prevent future behavior problems from boredom or separation anxiety. Very 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, until it’s time to spay or neuter. Many veterinary clinics offer multipet discounts as well so be sure and check that out to save even more money. You may even be able to adopt kittens who have already had most, if not all of their kitten vaccinations.

With kittens, you’ll initially just have the expense of one litter box until they grow bigger and then you’ll add a second box. Scratching posts aren’t expensive and if you’re handy, you can even make one for your kittens.  When it comes to food, even as kittens grow, you won’t have the same food expense as you would if you adopted puppies, depending upon the dog breed. Large dogs can go through lots of food. Cats, even the largest breeds, won’t require that kind of food budget.