Ok so joking aside having a multi-cat household is not something to take on lightly, although it's lovely and rewarding having all those bundles of fluff running about it can be very challenging for them and your bank balance.
We never intended to have so many cats over the years but we seemed to attract them, the go to people to take on rescues or troubled kitties through no fault of their own and a couple along the way that we purposely took on for various reasons.
What are the main challenges involved :-
- The cats may not get on - this is a difficult one because cats do prefer their own territories and even cats that have got on for years can fall out. These are a few tips I've picked up over the years that have worked for us....one litter tray per cat plus one spare, separate feeding bowls and feeding areas, one room / area per cat that can be their 'safe' place, several water fountains / bowls....it's important that all the cats have easy access to food, water, litter trays in different areas in the house to prevent a dominant cat 'blocking' access.
- The expense - food, litter, water fountains, yearly vet check-ups, insurance (or self funding) to cover the unexpected vet bills, toys, bedding, cattery / cat sitting fees.
- Time and commitment - believe it or not but cats are not so independent that you can just put some food and water down and leave a litter tray out and that's job done. In a multi-cat household you may have cats of different ages and needs, some may prefer some one to one attention, others may need lots of grooming and others you'll need to play with to stop them becoming bored.
What are the main rewards:-
- Unconditional love - one of our proudest achievements was 'Angel'...we took him on at 18 months old and I can only describe him as 'vicious' which turned out to be a totally unfair assessment of him considering his start in life. After months of patience, love and attention he gradually trusted us and transformed into the most loving cat imaginable until he had to go to the vets that is.
So yes it would be lovely to have as many cats as possible but the welfare and practicalities of doing so need to take priority which may mean that having a multi-cat household is not for everyone.