We thought about Getting another cat

Now we're no cat experts, we just like cats. And if I had my way, our house would be full of them (yep, think hundreds!), but Little B drew a line, because he knows that if we had a hundred cats then he'd pretty much end up moving elsewhere. There just wouldn't be room, and well, if someone had to go.....
However, after months of pestering and leaving cute kitten pictures around the house, he caved. And three weeks ago, our Sunday afternoon was spent driving to Nottingham, to bring home another little ball of fur, who goes by the name of Ralph. Little Ralph. It was love at first sight as we sat cuddling in the petrol station whilst Little B filled up the car for the journey home.
You see, this is no normal story, where we let Little Ralph run wild around the house, exploring in cupboards he never knew existed, and peeing in places we thought impossible - no, this story involves an already much loved member of the house, Little Runkle. If you've followed us for some time, you'll know that Runkle is the apple of my eye (like literally) and we have more love for him than our love for food (seriously, we really like food!), so bringing home Ralph was almost a new experience, not only for us, but them too.
Let me fill you in on the basics... We got Runkle at 12 weeks old (untrained in every way possible), and he was a fairly shy kitten, spending weeks pottering around the house and finding his feet. Within the first few months, his character began to show and he became a fairly fussy (sometimes needy) kitten. He liked your affection but he also liked to do things his way (we're talking about his pooping on the leather beanbag situation!) and was incredibly playful and embraced being around other people. Runkle was also a housecat, and would only get a glimpse of outside life when he was either perched on the windowsill talking to the pigeons, or attempting to be walked with a cat collar (true story!). But he was happy with the way things were.
After almost a year, we moved back in with my parents.. They had a cat, Bear. Bear was male, four years old and a VERY relaxed cat. He always wanted to be around other people and surprisingly welcomed Runkle into his home pretty well. Runkle and Bear would play fight, they'd share treats together and they'd watch each other poop in the litter tray. But they never became best pals. They tolerated each other - but Bear knew when to walk away. Runkle didn't. He always wanted to be where Bear was, doing what Bear did. And then we moved out three months later, and I'm fairly sure that a small part of Runkle longed to play with Bear again (my dad would definitely disagree!!).
Anyway, since getting Ralph, we've had a few people ask us how they're getting on.. So we've compiled a few questions and our tips and tricks on how we've found it. Please bear in mind that this is just how OUR cats have been towards each other, and may not be the same as others..

How are they getting on?
So far it's been OK. We don't leave them together whilst we're out of the house, and only let them both have free reign when we're at home and can see what they're up too. They play fight a lot and a few times there have been some louder squeaks than normal (Ralph!) but with a tap on both their noses, this sorts them out... For five minutes or so. There are the occasional moments when we find them cuddled up next to each other - this tends to happen on a Sunday evening when they've been together all day, but it doesn't last long because Ralph soon begins nibbling Runkle's nose! They constantly want to know where each other is and what they're doing, but Runkle will sometimes walk away for peace which Ralph hasn't quite understood yet. But for three weeks, I'd say they're doing OK.

What did you do to prepare for bringing home another cat?
Not a lot actually! Instead of buying a new blanket for Ralph (we don't use cat beds - Runkle used to poop in it, so we sacked these off!), we used an old one that Runkle liked, which I think helped with smells and made Ralph adapt quickly. We turned our dressing room into a 'safe place' for Ralph where he would feel secure and would spend time in there whilst we're out. He has his own water bowl and food bowl and we did buy a toy for him as a comforter from when he left his mother.

Did they get along in the first few days?
As soon as we got home with Ralph, we made Runkle aware of him. For the first two days, Runkle wasn't interested at all and we'd each take it in turns to sit with one whilst the other sat with the other cat. Everyday we'd let Runkle see Ralph in the dressing room, and would bring Ralph into the living room to get them used to each others spaces. If they went for each other we personally didn't interfere and left them to sort it out and walk away. It took a few days, and we'd only do short bursts of them - and kitten milk was a winner to get them closer together!

How did Runkle find it with another cat in the house?
At first he wasn't interested, and then when he started to hear squeaking he was all ears. I wouldn't say he was jealous, but his affection levels went up and since we've had Ralph, Runkle hardly ever goes outside (which is nice, as I wouldn't want him to feel like we'd pushed him out). If anything, it's made Runkle more fussy. Runkle will be around him and is quite relaxed about sharing his things with Ralph. Although we have noticed that Runkle will get very playful when Ralph is in the dressing room (he almost turns into a kitten!). I think Runkle felt intimidated by Ralph, and although Ralph thought he was a mother figure, Runkle didn't like his belly being touched. At the moment, Ralph still sleeps in the dressing room at night, so that Runkle knows he's still the boss of the house. Which is kind of how we personally want it at the moment.

Does this mean that it'll cost you a lot more now that there's two?
Urm, of course this will go up - there's two mouths to feed. Runkle has dry food down all day, and is fed one wet pouch in the evening (some may disagree with this, but this is what he's used to and is fine with it). A bag of dry food costs us £26 - 3kg worth maybe (we use Pro Plan) and we buy this once every 6 weeks. At the moment we are buying Ralph kitten dry food which is cheaper, but since Ralph won't really eat his and prefers Runkles (?!) we mix the bags together so he's still getting the kitten goodness. Ralph is also having a wet pouch a day. We haven't noticed a huge difference in cost however. But y'know, we've made cutbacks elsewhere - yes, chocolate has been replaced by kitten milk!

Is it better to go for same sex cats?
This, I can't really tell you what's best. I researched on the internet and found very mixed reviews. We personally wanted another male as we know that Runkle and our girl neighbour cat don't get along. We find it works for us, but doesn't mean to say it will for others..

Do they eat together? And poop in the same tray?
We try to feed them at the same time, and are trying to keep them from eating each others, but cats are cats. They do what they like! And the same applies for litter trays. Ralph has his own in the dressing room, and Runkle has his in the bath (yes, weird!). But Ralph much prefers pooping in Runkles...!

Honestly, is it like having children?
I've never had a child, so I can't really answer this. But do they constantly want my attention and need checking on every five minutes? Yes. And if children sit on your lap whilst you're straightening your hair, on the toilet or trying to chop your vegetables (this is true), then yes. They maybe are like children. But fluffier.
I hope this has helped any of you who are debating another cat, and were interested in how we're finding it. It's a completely new ball game for us as my parents have only ever had one cat at a time. But you know what, those moments when they're curled up together and licking each others ears really do make me happy. Even if cats are stubborn, they're my favourite kinda stubborn animal!

21 comments

  1. Awh love this! I’m at Stage 1: Attempting to get everyone round to the idea of another cat! haha x

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  2. Ralph is seriously the cutest kitten ever. Everytime he pops up on my Instagram feed, my day improves haha (so please keep posting pictures)! I can't wait to get my own kitten someday. :)

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  3. Oh, they look so adorable together! It's always a bit tricky introducing a new pet into the picture, but it generally only takes a couple of weeks before they get used to each other :)

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  4. so cute! My little kittie never really bonded with my dog unfortunately! They look so cute all cuddled up :)
    Allison from http://www.mercuteify.com

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  5. It is so cute to see them together! I love that they're getting along well as cats can be so unpredictable.

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  6. Ralph is the cutest - everytime I spot him in my Instagram feed it totally makes my day! I have two cats too, male and female, and even though the male and older cat sometimes push her away, I'm sure they do love each other a lot. They've lived together for over 10 years now so they are pretty used to it, but even though it's been a long while, I do remember it was pretty easy to introduce her in his home - especially since he brought her home himself. She was skinny and ill and lived in our backyard for weeks while we were looking for someone to adopt her - and obviously feeding and taking care of her in the meanwhile - (and she was meowing all the time, seriously non-stop!) but in the end we decided to keep her and once she was fine and healthy she made her way into the house head-on. I'm sure between the two, she thinks to be the boss!

    However male or female, I think when you introduce a kitten to an adult cat, the older one will accept the new entry eventually! Ralph and Runkle look super cute together and I'm glad they're doing well!

    x Giada | Miel Café

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  7. We've got two cats too, but fortunately they came together as sisters :) When we first got them, they used to spend a lot of time together and would always want to lay curled around each other, but they rarely do this now - I think it's because they felt less safe and only had each other when we first got them, but now they know they can trust us and don't rely on each other so much. There are still lots of play fights, but I love having the two of them - it's so interesting to see how they get on!

    I LOVE the picture of Ralph and Runkle together - so gorgeous!

    Sian xx < ahref="http://www.rebelangel.co.uk/">Rebel Angel

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  8. such adorable photos! I've wanted another cat for ages now but I know my kitty would hate it after we cat-sitted for 2 weeks and it was the worst experience ever! :( I'm glad your two are getting along though!

    Rose and Weston x

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  9. Oh my, he's the cutest! x


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  10. Ohhh that is sooo cute! <3 That sounds very weird, but we had the same thoughts with our chicken and our little dog! :D In the end everything went out well - I'm happy to hear it was the same with you.

    Hugs, Thea / http://maedchenvommeer.blogspot.de

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  11. Such beautiful photos! Myself and my Mum are adopting another cat in a couple of weeks and I'm so excited, she's a rescue cat and I can't wait to have her!


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  12. I can't handle how adorable they are!

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    Ana Leote | Meet Me @ 2 am

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  13. I'm so glad the kitties are getting along together! It sounds like you guys are doing brilliantly with transitioning them both to being a duo :) We've always had pairs of cats, but always sibling pairs so they've always been around each other. I will say, one has always been the dominant one and play scuffles occur on a regular basis. I think more often than not it is just playing :) Two kitties = double the fun! Yay!

    xxx

    Chambray & Curls

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  14. Such beautiful photos! I'm no expert in cats but love them too! You're so lucky to have two I don't have any! So beautiful! Abi :)

    MyW0rldMyView

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  15. Thank you very much for this article. You have very cute kittens.
    I am not an expert as well but I have a great knowledge about cats because I am working as volunteer in a rescue station in summer. I have 3 cats at home. I also think the most important thing is not to pay more intention to the new cat than to the older ones :-)

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  16. These two are soooooooo cute together.
    Love the photo of them snuggling.
    Your making me want a cat now, when Im really a dog person. But awwww.
    x tink x
    allabouttink.co.uk

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  17. awww I love love love cats soooo much.

    I have 3 cats all of them are different in there own way. I have 2 girls and 1 boy. The boy was my first we got him at 10weeks he was pretty evil and used to pee and poo where ever he saw fit actually most of the time on my stuff hah. We got the next girl 6 months later and he loved her she is the most well behaved relaxed cat ever now they are 8 and 7 year old . We got the 3rd girl about 3 years ago and boy did they not take to her especially the boy . He literally just about tolerates her as it is now. But the girls get on fine lol. Kittens are just the best. Basically my girls are so well behaved and even now the boy is soooo naughty, he'll go through the rubbish and drag it all over the house pretty much anything he knows he's not meant to do he will do.But I wouldn't have them any other way xox

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  18. This actually made me feel so warm inside. Your kittys seem to be so loved by you and Little B and I appreciate that a lot. And little Ralph is darling!


    I have a beautiful baby, Bella. She's a darling too, but she's quite independent (at times) I have to say.

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  19. Aww what a couple of little cuties they are! :D

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  20. Okay, your cats are toooo precious! They look like they've become pretty good buddies. So sweet!
    xx
    Annie
    www.the-lostangeles.blogspot.com

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