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The idea of adopting or buying two kittens at once sounds fun.
At such a young age, kittens crave some feline company more than anything.
They’ve just been separated from their families and having another feline makes the process a little bearable.
The kittens can play with, lean on, sleep with, and cuddle with each other.
Yet, where does all this leave you?
The number one reason you have cats at home is to interact with them. It beats logic to have two adorable fur balls who want nothing to do with you.
Granted, watching them be social around each other fills your heart with joy but you want the bonding too.
So, the question is: will two kittens bond with you?
The Benefit of Owning Cats in Pairs
Before we look at the topic in detail, let’s discuss a few reasons to get two cats.
A. Well-Behaved Cats
By spending time with each other, two kittens will understand feline behavior better.
They will know how to behave socially, communicate, share their territory, and play.
If you ever need to add a pet in the future, there will be far less drama than cats raised on their own.
B. Less Work for You
A kitten is an active little creature. Besides eating and sleeping, she loves to burn off excess energy by running around, biting, and pouncing.
If she’s are alone, you are in charge of making sure she is well-exercised so she doesn’t engage in destructive behavior.
However, when you have two cats, they will play and chase each other giving you a breather.
A kitten can get lonely if left alone for too long.
As adults, cats are okay hanging by themselves but kittens are very social.
They crave fun and attention and who better to give it than their fellow kitten!
D. Healthier Cats
When you put two kittens together, the chance of one being overweight is very slim.
With all that push and shove, tug of war, chasing each other, and running around, there’s simply no room for extra weight.
Plus, two cats learn to groom each other and have healthier bodies.
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Will The Kittens Bond With You?
Look on the Catsite and other forums and you will come across cat owners who claim that their pair of kittens wouldn’t bond with them.
According to the owners, the cats are only interested in playing with each other and not with the owner.
In Quora, the stories are conflicting with some saying their pair of kittens bond with each other and the owners as well.
Clearly, things can go either way for your cat.
The truth of the matter is that at a young age, a kitten understandably prefers feline company to human company.
They would rather be with another kitten than come over and hang with you.
Still, that doesn’t mean they don’t want you; it only means that you come second to the other kitten.
As the cats explore the world a little and get some exposure, they are more likely to accommodate you.
Some kittens, despite being so tight at kittenhood, lose their bond as they grow up.
Blame it on jealousy, dominance, greed, personality clashes, etc. In such a case, these cats would love to bond with you more than bonding with each other.
Some people are fortunate to have two kittens who make time for each other and them as well, even at a young age.
To increase your chance of success, you have to be deliberate about spending time with each kitty separately right off the bat.
Don’t wait for them to come to you. Let them understand what you can offer during your bonding session and soon they will be looking forward to being with you.
The earlier you start bonding, the better for you. Don’t expect to ‘bend the tree’ when it’s already grown.
Patience is a virtue during pet parenting—bonding with two kittens included.
Sometimes the young guys just need more time to warm up with you. It happens even when they are single.
The change in environment, being ripped away from mom and littermates, cold, etc, can cause the kittens to be less interested in the human company for a while.
If that happens, don’t give up just yet. Keep looking for opportunities to bond and don’t relent.
The minute the kitties get a hang of things, they will snuggle up with you.
If after trying to get the kittens to bond with you for months, you might want to separate them for a while and see if things will change.
Have a friend or family member accommodate one of them and watch if there will be any changes in the behavior of the remaining kitten.
If you are successful, bring the other kitten back and watch what happens. If nothing else works, re-home one cat.
Although cats thrive in solitude, kittens can be raised in pairs.
The only issue with that is that they can get hooked to each other that they ultimately leave you out of the picture.
Fortunately, some kittens can balance between hanging with human parents and the feline mates as well.
Try the tips suggested to get the kittens to bond with you separately.
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