[quote=“panache45, post:11, topic:523831”]
I think it’s cruel to have only one cat, anywhere.
Cruel? Cats are solitary creatures by nature. It’s not exactly torture for them to be left alone even if they might prefer companionship–which is by no means a certainty.
I’ve had mixed results with multiple cats. I thought my first cat would be happier with a buddy, but he had been alone for years and apparently liked it that way – they never got along. Then I got married which added another cat and a person to the house (and then we all moved), and my first cat developed diabetes which the vet thought was probably related to stress. When I got the diabetes under control, the cat started acting out, e.g., leaving a big steaming pile under the dining room table in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. He was the first of the three to die. The other two cats got along famously–grooming, cuddling, but no play-fighting since one of them was old and frail. When the old cat died, the younger one seemed saddened by the loss.
After all three cats were gone we decided to get two at the same time. We brought a kitten and a one-year-old cat into the house at the same moment. They almost never interacted–no play-fighting, no grooming, no huddling, rarely even in the same room together. The kitten was very loving to us and the one-year-old hid under the bed a lot. After several months the kitten developed FIPS and died, and the other cat, rather than being upset, immediately became the most affectionate cat I’ve ever had. He apparently had felt upstaged by the kitten (despite our efforts to woo him) and has seemed happier being the one and only ever since. I would gladly get a second cat if I thought it would make my guy happier, but I really, really don’t think it would.