Debunking the Myths about Multiple Cat Households

Posted by Pia

Once again the animal lovers at Purina are hard at work, debunking the myths about those of us who live with more than one feline. While 71% of US domestic cats in homes live in a multi-cat household, misguided assumptions still persist about such homes. Tidy Cat's "Campaign To End Cattiness" is informed by some very interesting data that stands in the face of existing stereotypes.

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My big old Chauncy here is always entertaining!

1 My big old Chauncy here is always entertaining!

There are so many great cats in need of love and a forever home!

2 There are so many great cats in need of love and a forever home!

Meow!

3 Meow!

Growing up, I was often a cat at Halloween ...

4 Growing up, I was often a cat at Halloween ...

My Max and Olive fell in love at first sight...or sniff...

5 My Max and Olive fell in love at first sight...or sniff...

They lounge together and help each other stay well groomed.

6 They lounge together and help each other stay well groomed.

My kitties and doggies live happily and peacefully together.  We are a family!

7 My kitties and doggies live happily and peacefully together. We are a family!

I snapped this one of Max from under a glass table- neat perspective!

8 I snapped this one of Max from under a glass table- neat perspective!

Female orange tabby cats are quite rare- they are typically male- Here is Sophia who I pulled from a shelter for friend who adopted her!

9 Female orange tabby cats are quite rare- they are typically male- Here is Sophia who I pulled from a shelter for friend who adopted her!

Cricket was homeless when my friend began fostering her. She still needs a forever home. She is so beautiful and unusual looking!

10 Cricket was homeless when my friend began fostering her. She still needs a forever home. She is so beautiful and unusual looking!

I simply can't get enough of these amazing majestic creatures- and watching multiple cats together is never boring!

11 I simply can't get enough of these amazing majestic creatures- and watching multiple cats together is never boring!

Here I am with the amazing Seymour- I grew up with him.

12 Here I am with the amazing Seymour- I grew up with him.

According to a recent Tidy Cats survey, people with multiple cats tend to be quite social. When compared with households that do not have cats, those in multiple-cat homes report inviting friends and family over far more frequently. And half of multiple-cat households surveyed thoroughly clean their home a few times a week or more, compared to 31 percent of non-cat households. That ought to perk up you whiskers!

The cat lovers at Purina are searching for America's most welcoming home. They are inviting all of you multiple-cat mamas and papas to share photos and the story of your clean, comfortable, meow-filled home -- in the voice of your kitties! You Daily Wag readers are experts at that, no?

The details are at Tidycats.com , along with tons of other interesting info and useful tips, some of which are from yours truly!

I have been invited to help read and judge the final entries! We will visit the homes of two finalists, and the winner will receive $5,000, great gifts, and a fun welcome party hosted by a celebrity chef.

So send in your entries now through Nov 16th. I can't wait to read them and see your photos! Oh, and be sure to vote on your favorite entries, too.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

P.S. You know I never miss an opportunity to get an animal adopted, so for those of you considering getting your first feline or adding a few more, be sure to check out the great cats currently awaiting adoption in your area. And remember, you can also contact a local rescue group to foster a cat in need. This helps the group save more cats and allows you to see if a particular cat is a good fit for your household.

Comments (16)

  • A darling mother cat and her two kittens took up residence at our church. Members rotated caring for them there at the church, and two now have found forever homes. In the weekly attendance records, it states: 47 + 1 kitten. We all think that this has brought the church members closer to each other. YAY for cats !!

  • We live with 3 feline family members and 3 beagles. We are definately out numbered, but all of us are madly in love and all get along peacefully. Need to mention the kitties were dumped @ the end of the driveway, and the beagles were rescued. Oh and the horse is 28 years old!! Thanks for post. Teri

  • Oh how sweet! I love the photos...Dr. Pia in photo #3 and #12 you look just the same...adorable!

    What interesting facts in the research...I just learned not too long ago about the Female orange tabby cats being quite rare...I never knew that.

    Once we find out what is wrong with our sweet Kitty I would like to find a partner for her, maybe then she will want to be a full time indoor cat.

    I just did another webpage/lens on Kitty (Kitties Wishlist)

    Judy that's a cute story...

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too, Dr. Pia. I think that all homes should have at least one cat. Just think of all the chasing I could do. A good run around the yard is a “good thing,” as Martha says, for me as well as the cat. Now I know that some would disagree with me, but cats are for chasing. Yeah, I know that not all homes can have a dog; so having a cat will do for now. Now if you are a cat lover; just forget you read this.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Cat are so beautiful,If I wasn't allergic I would have a few,and Purina is the best in cat or dog food I've recommened it for years. Terri

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks for these adorable photos of your wonderful, happy kitties. Since I only have a part-time cat who visits whenever he wants, it would be hard to get another one because he would be very jealous. Have a great day everyone. Jan

  • We adopted our beloved Katie and Lizzie as litter mates from the Humane Society and loved them dearly for 15 years before they died within 6 months of each other. After grieving, we adopted 2 more litter mates, our Sophie and Gracie who turned 2 this month. Sophie is a beautiful Maine Coon Cat lookalike while Gracie is a sleek silver tabby. Great love and companionship is available everyday at your local shelters. Thank you Purina for the food that keeps our girls beautiful and healthy.

  • My Husband and I had three cats and dog. They were family. Our Dog Inkie lived to be 18 yrs old. Our oldest cat Cokie lived to be 18 yrs old. Our cat Norten lived to be 13yrs old. We have our baby cat presious who is 18 now and still jumping and acting like a young girl. The cats always lived indoors. My, house never smelled like dog or cat. We kept their liter always clean, bowls, and bedding. I cleaned everyday to keep everyone healthy. The love we received from my pets is so wonderful. The animals are very smart and understand more than humans think.

  • I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with FIVE rescues - more than I should have, but well... I'm a big softy. It's not a lot of square footage for that amount of cats, so I too, must houseclean more frequently. Couldn't live without 'em though! The unconditional love they give has always brought me a joy that nothing else could! :)

    Sponsoring a pet is a wonderful way to go if you're unsure about a longtime commitment and also to see if the pet is a good fit. Please mention it to your friends and family as well. Thank you!

  • I currently have two cats, Kirby and Jake. Kirby came to me as a stray who was taken away from his mother too soon and his vet did not expect him to survive. Once he regained his health, he experienced behavor issues asssociated with being left alone. His vet suggested two options: put him on the equivalent of Prozak or get another cat. Well, we adopted another cat, Jake (not a kitten but an older cat). Within two weeks, Kirby no longer climbed curtains, he stayed out of my cabinets, he stopped pulling the toilet paper all over the house, and stopped climbing the wallpaper. So, I, for one, am all for multi cat households. My cats are now 14 and 15 and I expect them to live for 5 or 6 more years as they are both indoor cats. Having adopted Kirby as a kitten and Jake as a cat, I have decided that I will always adopt adult cats. More people should.

  • We've got two delightful kitties, Noah and Magda. Noah is a 12 year old Flamepoint Siamese (his momma was an orange tabby, and daddy was a Lilac-point, traditional Siamese). He is our "big talker", weighing in at a healthy 16 lbs. (and he loves his Purina wet kitty food for Senior kitties, especially anything with chicken)!! Magda is our petite little princess, a very-light-blonde, 4 year old Turkish Angora who keeps us all, including Noah, on our toes! I would definitely foster some kitties if we could have more than two at our apartment, but for now, these two are our babies-with-paws.

    Thank you, Dr. Salk, for this wonderful article about multiple cats in a household! We always keep the apartment as clean as possible to provide a safe home for our two babies and ourselves. While it is a chore, it's definitely worth it to see them play in a safe environment. Keep up the great work!

  • Well, We have a Family of cats. It has been the best of worlds except for some carpet destruction...I do work , and realize it would not be so if I was home all the time and could monitor activity. But I have to tell you all the myths are wrong. We had Tata , our 16 year old female who had inoperable and unknown type of cancer per the cancer vet...we thought another cat would help keep her entertained...We adopted Bubbie from the shelter...love at first photo, and he's everything we could ever want in a man cat..and then as we were taking the trash out one day we heard a baby cat screaming incessantly, and found a tuxedo famale in the engine compartment of our neighbors truck, no bigger than the palm of my hand....her feet burned a liitle bit and she was totally freaked out. We figured out she must have ridden there for over 44 miles to land here. She was lucky to be alive. Now we have their children, we kept three and their Grandchildren..again we kept three little girls....not my fault, my younger son helped let them mingle when he wasn't supposed to. Grandpa Bubbie has been the best Daddy ever, loves his huge son and dotes on his grand daughters. He still loves his wife and chases her around the house, and still has to answer to her why he can't or won't have sex....The girls are sisters in every way, and in one case , the youngest is an only child with only child tendencies....doesn't understand not getting her way and doesn't like to share. She loves her Grandma and Grandpa and whenever they are around she always tries to get their approval or snuggle up with them.I think they are all just like dogs, and the littlest one is our pitbull...who will chase off any other cats or dogs if she sees them out our front door...we have called her the Bullet of late after she chased the local stray male away, and yet she is so tiny, and demure with her little pink mouth, weighing less than 6 pounds!.....I've always just had one cat before...and while the work to keep them up is more, it has been a a wonder of love and delight....better than any toys...and yes....I am their endless slave.

  • We have 10 cats, most of them rescues from various places. We also have 2 guinea pigs and 1 dog. It is alot of work to take good care of so many pets, but what they give in love and snuggles and kisses more than reimburses us. A life without pets isn't one I'd want to live!And no our house doesn't smell like cat either. That's the work I mentioned.:-)

  • On 11/5/09 a house fire took my dog and 5 of my cats. One cat survived the fire. Tina, the cat, and I lived in a motor home on my sisters driveway for 7 months while the house was repaired. I was not going to get any more cats or dogs after the fire because of the hurt of losing them. Once I moved back in the house Tina could not stop looking for the rest of them, including her brother. So after a month of her being up set I went to the shelter and got her and I a kitten, Baxter, Tina gave me a look of like "you brought me a kitten. Took another month but now they are buddies. This last week for christmas I saw the shelter, no kill shelter, was desperate to find homes for over 40 puppies. We now have 2 little puppies and again Tina gave me a look of "what now you brought me puppies. The cats are being nice right now with the little puppies but soon they will teach them that cats rule and dogs drool.

  • We have 7 cats in our home and have had them for over 3 years. Six of them are from one litter and the other is a cousin to the six. It was caught in a trap and looked so much like a cat that we had for over 15 years that my wife wanted to keep it. We have never had many problems with any of our cats behavior. They seem to get along pretty much. We use one very large litter pan and my wife scoops it every morning. We have a window that is partially blocked in order to give the cats access to a small backyard screened porch. Our cats have only one problem and that is noise...loud noises scare them. This is due to when they were kittens and a very large pine tree fell near their room and rubbed against an awning nearby and make a very loud cracking sound, and since then they really react to loud noises. We leave a large bowl of fresh water daily and feed them in a large flat cookie sheet. Once a week we give them a can of soft cat food mixed with lots of water. They seem to eat the water first then the food. If my wife and I stop to pet one cat then several others get jealous and want to be petted also. But overall we have not had any breakage and we have a lot of glassware and knick-knacks around our home. My wife builds them scratching posts and we place pieces of old carpet for them to claw on.

  • Hi peeps. I'm currently have four cats, 2 males and 2 females all neuteured. I currently live in a large spacious two bedroomed flat. They are indoor cats due to neighbor having dogs that hate cats we also live on a busy road and there is an extremely high population of cats in the area.

    I also rescue feral kittens reguarly. All range in ages from 2 weeks to 12 weeks old. I work with them slowly to get them tame' ( which can be very challenge especially if there are over 9 weeks when they arrive!! Lol) But all come round eventually.The foster feral kittens
    are kept In my spare room. I feed them kitten wet and dry food. i also get them litter trained ,vet checked and parasite treated before rehoming them.

    My question is I may be moving to a two bedroom house which is fairly spacious and obviuisly we then have another fooor and also a medium size garden . The cats can enter the garden through a catflap after I have erected a cat safety fence to stop other peoples cats entering and mine leaving the garden.

    My Question is out of the kittens I am currently fostering there is 3 I have fell in love with! Now with of course following ' multicat house rules' ie extra litter boxes , various feeding and water stations, scratch posts located throughout ,lots of sleeping areas at different levels and lots of beds placed around the house too would this be possible to have these 3 join my gang? Also will plug in feliway diffusers to promote calmness. Obviously my residents cats happiness is the most important thing but just wandered if this would be ok?
    Any advice would be great or any advice from people who have large multi cat households would be greatly appreciated
    Steven

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