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Does my pet cat need a friend?

Cats can live on their own but they thrive on living with other mammals. In this post, our Corpus Christi vets discuss getting a second cat and how to introduce them to one another.

How to Tell if Your Cat Wants Another Cat

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Does my indoor cat need a friend?" Don't worry, you are not the first one to ask that question. In this article, our vets will give you an answer. Your cat may want a friend if they are home alone for long periods. Erratic sleeping or eating may indicate that a cat feels lonely. If you're thinking of getting a second cat or kitty and your vet agrees, here are a few signs that your cat would benefit from feline companionship.

Change of Grooming

Sometimes if a cat is feeling lonely they will groom themselves more than usual. However, if your cat exhibits peculiar grooming habits, don't assume they are lonely. This could also be a sign of a medical ailment. If you find your cat looking unkempt and not grooming himself as much, contact your vet as it could be an indication that they are sad or unwell.

Shift in Sleeping Habits

Loneliness in cats may be indicated by a change in sleeping habits. If the cat sleeps a lot and no longer interacts with you, it could be because she is lonely and has become melancholy. However, as with any other habit modification, screening out any medical difficulties first is critical.


If your cat meows a lot, follows you around, and won't leave you alone, it may require more social interaction. This demanding and vocal behavior could signal separation concerns.

Litter Box Issues

Unusual litter box behaviors can indicate stress or loneliness. If your cat is litter-box-trained but begins to pee in other areas of the house, you should notify your veterinarian immediately. Cats are creatures of habit, and when they change their routine, it's a sign that something is wrong.

Odd Eating Habits

Is your cat eating more than usual? It could indicate boredom or a lack of social stimulation. Just like people, cats can turn to food when there is nothing else to do. Alternatively, your cat may stop eating because she or he is depressed. A change in eating patterns, on the other hand, may suggest a medical problem, so discuss it with your veterinarian first.

Getting a Cat When You Already Have One

If your cat is healthy but showing any of the signs of loneliness mentioned above, it could be that your cat just needs a friend.

However, it can be tricky to tell if a cat is ready to live with another cat. This is why it is important to be cautious with the introduction process and help them get off on the right foot. Here are some steps you can follow and questions to ask yourself:

  • Younger cats are more likely than older cats to accept new feline members of the household.
  • Cats who are related get along better than cats that are not related.
  • Neutered cats get along better than unneutered cats.
  • How is your cat getting along with the other cats in the neighborhood? 
  • Is your house large enough to give each cat their own space?

What If One of My Cats Dies?

It is normal for owners to want another cat to keep their remaining cat company when one of them passes away. Our vets recommend giving your surviving cat some time to adjust to life without their mate before obtaining a new cat or kitten. Cats have unique social needs, so even if they have lived happily beside another cat for many years, they may not feel the need for another partner.

How Do I Know My Cats Like Each Other?

Cats will show clear indicators that they like one another while being social. Grooming each other, sleeping, or lying next to each other are examples of ways cats show that they are fond of each other. They also may greet each other by touching noses or meowing as they pass.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet. 

If you are looking to get another cat, contact our Corpus Christi animal hospital today! 

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