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#1 AaLF

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 08:12 PM

Our little RSPCA guy is about 20 months old now.  We live in a ground floor townhouse & he enjoys both inside and free-roaming outside.   But there seems no other cats around.  His entire kingdom within 300m has a population of one - him.

 

Don't get me wrong.  He seems very happy and very content.  A great life.  But just him and two pensioners.   Does he need a buddy or is it me confusing with human needs + emotions?



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 04:44 AM

Not really providing he has enough stimulation.


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 12:08 PM

Many cats enjoy living with other cats, and many are fine being alone.
I wouldn't let him wander freely though, far too dangerous, much better to have an enclosure or go out on a harness/lead.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:10 AM

Cats are solitary animals - especially males. They are very territorial, bond with the place they live first and foremost, their humans second and other species - especially their own- a very distance third.

Two kittens rehoused together will usually form a friendship - especially if they are litter mates. Unrelated cats of differing ages much less so. Oh, there won't be any overt aggression after a while, but they won't be friends, either. You won't see them lying together, grooming each other-THE sign of an affectionate, social bond in the cat world. They'll split the territory between them and tolerate each other. They'll rarely be in the same room together. They will choose a different human to socialise with so they can avoid each other. One cat will subtly dominate the other. The dominant cat will monopolise the food, the litter boxes, the cat flap, access to the other cats favoured resting places, things like that.

The upshot is your cat hit the jackpot! He is Lord and Master of all he surveys. No "companion" to threaten his territory inside, no competitors outside to threaten his all important sense of place and peace of mind either.

Your cat does not need a feline companion. Unlike dogs ( and us) cats are not a social species. So be reassured you're doing the right thing by your cat.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:15 AM

Many multi cat owners have pets that cuddle up together and are great friends, it's simply untrue that males or unrelated cats can't enjoy other cats around them for grooming, sleeping, playing

#6 Rayonel25

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 11:40 PM

It doen't need a buddy. Stick RPG 2 unblocked



#7 Minty Manx

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:37 AM

I'm in a similar situation as you, but i've chose to keep Minty Manx ( desexed female ) inside. As when i was a kid i lost my big red tom cat that used too keep mice out of the horses feed shed. big Red got hit by a car killed. was very sad, & have never forgot that!! also one of my friends in another unit near me has a full grown female outside & inside cat, she came to visit ( via the plate glass window ) Minty did not seem that excited about seeing a huge Pink cat looking in, but i opened door left security screen door closed. the pink cat let us know what would happen if Minty came out side!! Minty was tinny but arched her back stood her ground. so i know she would have got beat up going outside. she has never tried to get out, i told her no, so that seems good enough for her. she get full run of the two floors & garage, rides in ute with me when needs too. she acts half dog, as chases a ball brings it back & now at four months goes to attack that pink cat if she see's it . i built a six foot high cat climber, from log's & carpet have it upstairs she get onto of that on a platform i made and looks out at the world, happy as could be!






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