Cats In The City – Only One Per Household?

How many cats can live happily together? Is it one, two, or twenty? Do cats need space? If so, how much? Dr. Sarah Ellis, an animal behaviorist, thinks one is the perfect number, and that more than one makes life hard on cats. Do you agree? I don’t! Read on to see what she thinks, what I think, and then let us know what you think!

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Should City Dwellers Be Limited To One Cat Per Household?

A Dr. Sarah Ellis, who is an expert in animal welfare and behavior at a Lincoln University, has done some research and has come to the conclusion that our cats would be happier if they lived only one to a household and that “keeping more than one feline is cruel”.

At least if they live in cities or towns. She thinks that more than one cat in an urban household is overcrowding and is detrimental to the cat’s psyche. Even more so if you and a couple of your neighbors have several cats! She studied 100 cats, some in the city, some in the country, to come to this conclusion.

Dr Sarah Ellis said keeping more than one cat in the city makes them unhappy as they have to compete for space and are limited to short journeys, ruining their confidence, independence and ability to hunt.

I’m afraid I don’t agree. I’ve seen many cats live happily together, in houses in the city, and once had a cat that was miserable and lonely as the only cat in the household.

Her name was Jersey, we lived in the city, and she was left alone for long hours each day while we were at work and school. It was obvious when we got home that she had been lonely and needed some companionship. She would hang out downstairs and as soon as anyone came home, would cry pitifully for some attention.

We got a second cat, and problem solved! There was no more than a couple of hours of getting-used-to-each-other time, and then Jersey was happy as heck to have a companion. She no longer cried when we got home; we would find the two of them curled up together sleeping on a bed, or looking out the window together, or batting a dust bunny around the room together.

Dr. Ellis says that city cats don’t have enough room to roam around and hunt, and that they don’t have many places to hide in a house with an open floor plan. Even with an open floor plan, there are beds to get under, closets to crawl into, and furniture to get behind. Cats can always find places to hide! And a cat’s exercise needs and hunting instincts can be satisfied by stalking and pouncing on a laser light or by chasing some feathers on a piece of string on a stick.

She also said modern open plan houses are also a nightmare for cats, as they like to hide. And punishing cats for jumping and climbing on furniture should also be stopped, as the animals are happiest when they are off the ground.

I agree with Dr. Ellis about cats liking to climb, but it’s easy enough for city dwellers to provide their kitty with a climbing tree of some sort. The rest, I’m just not buying into! I think we could solve a much more important cat problem, that of cat overpopulation, by REQUIRING all houses in the cities and towns to have at least one cat. Two, if possible. Of course the owners would also be required to be very good to their kitties!

So what is your take on this idea? I know there are lots of you out there that have many, many cats. Do you feel that they don’t have enough room, or that their confidence is undermined by having so many roommates?

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  1. Reply

    That’s a bunch of bull, There more homes with dogs, but then most people have 1 dog. There fewer homes with cats, because people have multiple cars, there are more cats than dogs kept as pets. Dogs relate with there masters. Cats rely on their staff to open cans, doors, fetch toys. Cat can relate to other cats quite well.

  2. Reply

    Rubbish

  3. Reply

    Each to his/her own, I have seen perfectly happy families (both humans and paws were happy) with more than one cats…

  4. Reply

    Depends on the pet owner if they can afford to have more than why not!!

  5. Reply

    i have 2 cats and my mom has 2 cats ^^

  6. Reply

    I have three cats and they all live peace fully together. They are all bonded, and love life

  7. Reply

    I have 3 cats and they are all wonderful. They alternate playing with each other, so no one is ever left out!

  8. Reply

    We have 7 cats. We can afford to care for them and even spoil them with extras. They love interacting with each other. I would say have two. That way they have each other to keep each other company and play.

  9. Reply

    As long as the humans can afford and take care of the animals properly, then it shouldn’t matter. No bodies

  10. Reply

    Oops, I meant to say, nobodies buisness.

  11. Reply

    every cat is an individual. some would rather not have company – others prefer to have a snuggle buddy. you just have to take the time to figure it out.

  12. Reply

    she wont like me cause I have 5 wonderful cats, 4 are rescued cats, if it was not for me they would have died

  13. Reply

    I disagree.

  14. Reply

    shared

  15. Reply

    Two for companionship for the kitties.

  16. Reply

    bull. they need a playmate

  17. Reply

    I have five cats and they all seem to be pretty happy. I don’t have to worry about them being lonely while I’m gone and they love each other dearly. They always have each other to snuggle and play with, and if they feel the need to be alone they don’t seem to have a problem finding a place to hide out.

  18. Reply

    I disagree

  19. Reply

    the woman is crazy all my cats love each other, in fact the one male mothered the three kittens we brought home, just like he was their mother.

  20. Reply

    Two cats are perfect. They keep each other company and play together.

  21. Reply

    That I a sad but beautiful little face

  22. Reply

    I have always had 2 cats at a time. They lived long happy lives. They were rescued and loved.

  23. Reply

    I have 4 cats. They get along just about like a household with 4 children would. Sometimes they have a few words.

    • Cynthia Nockold
    • October 4, 2014
    Reply

    What complete and utter nonsense! I have a pair of cats (litter mates) who absolutely love one another. Neither has any problem asserting her rights if she feels it’s necessary, and they get along splendidly. They love to play together, and while I have an open plan one bedroom apartment, they have plenty of hiding places. I have kept tchotchkas on top of the furniture to a minimum, because the little one is definitely a tree dweller. They have a big cat tree, and lots of furniture to rest on, should they desire. I can go to work each day secure in the knowledge that they each other to play with so they won’t get lonely while I’m gone.

  24. Reply

    What complete and utter nonsense! I have a pair of cats (litter mates) who absolutely love one another. Neither has any problem asserting her rights if she feels it’s necessary, and they get along splendidly. They love to play together, and while I have an open plan one bedroom apartment, they have plenty of hiding places. I have kept tchotchkas on top of the furniture to a minimum, because the little one is definitely a tree dweller. They have a big cat tree, and lots of furniture to rest on, should they desire. I can go to work each day secure in the knowledge that they each other to play with so they won’t get lonely while I’m gone.

  25. I think this is an another attempt at some so-called expert to exert control. That’s her opinion and I’m of the opinion that she should keep her opinion to herself, but hey, it’s a free country and she’s entitled to her wrong opinion. 😛

  26. Reply

    Cynthia Nockold says:
    “What complete and utter nonsense! I have a pair of cats (litter mates) who absolutely love one another. Neither has any problem asserting her rights if she feels it’s necessary, and they get along splendidly. They love to play together, and while I have an open plan one bedroom apartment, they have plenty of hiding places. I have kept tchotchkas on top of the furniture to a minimum, because the little one is definitely a tree dweller. They have a big cat tree, and lots of furniture to rest on, should they desire. I can go to work each day secure in the knowledge that they each other to play with so they won’t get lonely while I’m gone.”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-1/#comment-2739

  27. Reply

    My brother and sister in law have at last count 17 house only cats, they are actually adding on to their house all the time for the cats. They all get twice yearly regular vet visits. The vet has started coming to their home because it’s easier to take care of them all at once. They were all homeless/feral cats. (I have one!)

  28. Reply

    They need companionship when their humans are away !!

  29. Reply

    Two cats are a great balance. My cats get along great along with the dog.

  30. Reply

    I believe 2 is a good number but, if you can love and take care of more then go for it

  31. Reply

    Brenda Alexander Albritton I love your opinion! Lol!

  32. Reply

    Beautiful eyes….I can only afford the one I have but he is a feal companion, & also occupies himself well <3

  33. Reply

    Barbara Dunn Eddy your brother and SIL are awesome people! And so is their vet!

  34. Reply

    I disagree and agree equally to some extent. I live in a one bedroom apartment, I was the foster to 3 beautiful cats but for me it was too much. I feel that if you have more space have as many cats as the space allows. Also I feel that you have to be able to afford multiple cats it’s only reasonable. I had 2 cats in a 2 bedroom apartment and that was enough. I could afford them and I had them in my one bedroom as well. They were okay, found their only space and by then they were bonded. I have 1 cat now and that’s enough because she doesn’t like to live in a multiple cat home. So it depends on the cats temperament as well. Many many things have to be considered to have multiple cats. That’s what a responsible pet owner would do as well as getting them spayed and neutered. We don’t want people who can’t afford many cats and hoarding them.

  35. Reply

    It is asinine! Many cats are very unhappy without other cats to play with and snuggle with. I have 6 cats of my own and I foster. We often have two cats/kittens that are so attached to each other that we insist on adopting them out together. Often people who want to adopt take two at the same time for them to have a companion. There are so many that needs homes, people should be allowed to have as many cats as they want as long as they can afford to properly care for them.

  36. Reply

    This is just one person’s opinion. The number of cats isn’t so important. It’s how well the cats are cared for (good food, water, enough attention. proper Vet care etc.)

    • Kate
    • October 4, 2014
    Reply

    I think that cats in pairs are a good thing if you take time to ‘pair’ them properly. I have seen two cats so jealous of each other that they had to be separated when the owners were not at home and still others who lived in peace with one another. Bringing them up together is probably the best idea so that they live in a 2-cat situation from the start.

    A cat in every home? Well that’s a lovely idea, however not everybody is a ‘cat person’. I think people should be free to have the animal of their choice.

      • Kittens Whiskers
      • October 5, 2014
      Reply

      @Kate, Of course you’re right about everyone not being a cat person. I guess my tone didn’t come through very well in print. It was meant more as a fanciful “wouldn’t be nice if the everyone in the world could get along and play nice with each other” kind of statement, rather than as a realistic suggestion.

  37. Reply

    I have 5 and only 1 doesn’t get along with the others. The other 4 sleep together and have grooming parties.

  38. Reply

    Kate says:
    “I think that cats in pairs are a good thing if you take time to ‘pair’ them properly. I have seen two cats so jealous of each other that they had to be separated when the owners were not at home and still others who lived in peace with one another. Bringing them up together is probably the best idea so that they live in a 2-cat situation from the start.

    A cat in every home? Well that’s a lovely idea, however not everybody is a ‘cat person’. I think people should be free to have the animal of their choice.”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-1/#comment-2762

  39. Reply

    Kittens Whiskers says:
    “@Kate, Of course you’re right about everyone not being a cat person. I guess my tone didn’t come through very well in print. It was meant more as a fanciful “wouldn’t be nice if the everyone in the world could get along and play nice with each other” kind of statement, rather than as a realistic suggestion. ”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-1/#comment-2778

  40. Reply

    She has a right to her opinion. I would like to see her peer reviewed scientific study to back her claim.

  41. Reply

    I think the dr is in the wrong profession…..

  42. Reply

    That is ridiculous. As an expert life-long cat owner, I say that 3 is the perfect number of pet cats inside the house. That is, in MY small home.

  43. Reply

    I haven’t had only cat since I left my parents house. <3

  44. Reply

    I disagree, Cats are a communal animal, I think one only would get very lonely, They love to cuddle and sleep with each other! I will say they all have their own personalities and some are loners, but that is for them to decide, can’t have that option if you are alone!!

  45. Reply

    Don’t think it matters how many cats one has as long as they are loved and looked after <3

  46. Reply

    I’ve always had two cats. They keep themselves and me company.

  47. Reply

    no some like company and some do not. A limit of five seems okay.

  48. Reply

    I am on my last female stray. Love her to death, but she is still a psycho kitty cat. Brought her into my house when I had another stray, that was absolutely special. I will not get another kitty cat anymore, until she goes to kitty heaven. And if I am in good health, I will go to the humane society to get a young brother and sister. Just saying.

  49. Reply

    come to our house dr. 5 house cats living in harmony. indoor cats for anywhere from 5-12 years old

  50. Reply

    just like children, please do not tell me how many I should love!

  51. Reply

    One cat in a household is hard on the cat. If the owners of the cat go out of town, or if they leave the house to go to work, etc., the cat is all alone. I think a minimum of TWO cats is the perfect number, because they can play with each other and keep each other occupied! I myself have 7 indoor cats. They love interacting with each other, and I enjoy being a part of their lives! <3

  52. Reply

    I have 5 cats and they all seem to like each other just fine. Some are more affectionate with each others but the cohabitant well together.

  53. Reply

    We had one cat, took in a stray, they got used to each other and it was great, they had a play companion and still went out and they could hunt in the back yard and have fun. They both got sick, and had to be put down, so when we looked for a new cat, the family talked and said we would get 2 kittens because we saw how good it was for them to have company while we were gone all day.

    If I ever get another cat, I would get more than one so they have company. I probably would not have more than 2.

  54. Reply

    I have brothers who would be lost without each other.

  55. Reply

    One per household? What is SHE smoking? If I had only one cat, any one of the ten I have, he/she would be so lonely that he/she would start getting into things he/she shouldn’t be bothering. I had this happen, in fact. My mother took in one of my cats many years ago as a sort of “therapy pet” for my dad, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. Bandit, the cat in question, was lonely even with the attention of two elderly people; and he began chewing cords, drapes, the cords for Venetian blinds…anything he could get his mouth onto, he did. My mother was frustrated beyond belief; so to try and avoid her giving Bandit back, because Bandit really WAS helping my dad, I brought over one of my female cats close in age to Bandit. As soon as Tasha got settled in, no more troublemaking on Bandit’s part. He and she were so happy to be together!

    I currently have TEN cats. Yup, six boys and four girls. At night, two stay with my older daughter (they’re her cats); two stay with my two sons in their bedroom (each son has one cat); one stays in my younger daughter’s room (her cat); and two stay with me (the youngest kitten, just found him a few weeks ago; and one of my adult boys who just recovered from a bad illness). The other three roam the house and usually end up sleeping on the daybed in the loft with my husband. Plenty of toys; plenty of litterboxes, cleaned 1-2 times a day; and several cat trees, one of which is an eight-foot-tall floor to ceiling tree that they ADORE. TONS of hidey holes for them. No behavioral issues whatsoever, and only a bare minimum of cat fights (usually when Smoky, my older son’s cat, gets too rough with one of the younger ones).

    Long story short, I’ll remember this so-called doctor’s name. It’s quite apparent to me that she is an imbecile who has no clue what she’s talking about, and likely knows little about anything else.

  56. Reply

    no way !!! One cat gets lonely and needs a playmate. We have always had two at a time.

  57. Reply

    disagree.

  58. This doctor woman is an idiot…

  59. Reply

    we have a lot of cats and they play with each other sleep with each other . they are happy. they were rescues

  60. Reply

    Um no…I think you should take in as many as you can comfortably afford. I think cats are subject to loneliness and two is a better number than one.

  61. Reply

    I think she doesn’t know what she’s talking about…..everyone needs a friend.

  62. Reply

    i have three and each one loves the othr i have no problems,,,they are all rescues that were going to be put down,,,they are family.

  63. Reply

    for years we had only 1 cat. Then after we put our old girl down we talked with local vet clinics to get another. Well two wonderful clinics each found us a cat. We decided two would keep each other company and we were so right. From there on out we have had two in the house. Well almost two years ago our outdoor cat was struck by a vehicle on the street and had a leg amputated. Since he could not survive with four legs outside three was not going to help him so he is now indoors as well. We have tension, drama and marking of territory now. We know our three legged Chester has bad health and won’t live long. We are happy he’s with us and then we will have two in the house and life will be more calm. I believe you can have too many for the space you have.

  64. Reply

    I totally disagree with this person, and question her qualifications to call herself an animal behaviorist. I advocate at least two cats per household. Even in an efficiency in the city, two cats will do ok. In that case it would be good to harness train them, so they can go outside and get some longer walks. As for the territorial thing…this woman seems to not understand that cats are social animals, too. The cats form a “pride” that owns the territory….it is not like each cat is competing to expand its own territory at the expense of the other cat(s).
    For a while, we were forced to live in an 800 square foot rental, with five cats. It was not a huge amount of fun for any of us, actually. THe cats did not have the room to run that they liked, but, everyone did just fine, and, now we are in the 2300 sq.Foot house we built, they are very happy. If any of them want some solitude, they have a lot of kitty caves and quiet places to curl up, nice wide window sills to sit on and enjoy mr. Sunbeam, and watch the deer and such outside. They have mostly complete access to the rest of the house, so if they all want to come and curl up on the bed with me, they are free to do that. It works well. I have had up to seven cats in the house before, with no serious problems. THey all thrived, and, other than the usual spats that furry 4-year-olds get into, had no problems.
    I am of the opinion that people who cannot deal with multiple cats in a household perhaps should not have a cat in the first place…not that it is a problem with the cat!

  65. Reply

    Dr. Sarah seems hardly qualified to claim the title of animal behaviorist, as she shows NO understanding of cats, their social structure, or their needs for a good life.

  66. Reply

    that is right…If I want their opinon I will pay them for it (although I almost said the politically incorrect “beat it out of them:)

  67. I have to say that as long as there are cats who need home, to get off the streets, to save from euthanization where possible multi cat households are to be applauded. You cannot continue to have a tsunami sized problem that society continues to address in inadequate and cruel ways. Bless those people who are trying to do something.

  68. Reply

    xmundt says:
    “I totally disagree with this person, and question her qualifications to call herself an animal behaviorist. I advocate at least two cats per household. Even in an efficiency in the city, two cats will do ok. In that case it would be good to harness train them, so they can go outside and get some longer walks. As for the territorial thing…this woman seems to not understand that cats are social animals, too. The cats form a “pride” that owns the territory….it is not like each cat is competing to expand its own territory at the expense of the other cat(s).
    For a while, we were forced to live in an 800 square foot rental, with five cats. It was not a huge amount of fun for any of us, actually. THe cats did not have the room to run that they liked, but, everyone did just fine, and, now we are in the 2300 sq.Foot house we built, they are very happy. If any of them want some solitude, they have a lot of kitty caves and quiet places to curl up, nice wide window sills to sit on and enjoy mr. Sunbeam, and watch the deer and such outside. They have mostly complete access to the rest of the house, so if they all want to come and curl up on the bed with me, they are free to do that. It works well. I have had up to seven cats in the house before, with no serious problems. THey all thrived, and, other than the usual spats that furry 4-year-olds get into, had no problems.
    I am of the opinion that people who cannot deal with multiple cats in a household perhaps should not have a cat in the first place…not that it is a problem with the cat!”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-2/#comment-2846

  69. Reply

    I have always had at least two cats at a time; my experience (over 65 years) has been that two from the same litter seems best but even if they’re not the cats adapt and keep each other company and curb any destructive notions one bored cat might have. Just my personal experience.

  70. Reply

    is he a cat hater? as long as you take care of your cats it is no ones business how many you have

  71. Reply

    I have 4 now, I have in the past 2, because they need someone to play with, sleep with, fight with, when I am not there.

  72. Reply

    If you have the room and can take care of them why not have more than one

  73. I have 6 indoor cats ranging from 11 yrs to 4 yrs and for the most part we have not had any problems at all, we also have 3 small dogs and all,s good in this house!! 🙂

  74. Reply

    They can’t tell you how many cats you can have unless its an outrage amount

  75. Reply

    Seriously? I have 4, 1 brother and sister, and they are all very close, especially the brother and sister, and I only let 2 of them outside, so it’s not because I live in the country.

  76. Reply

    I think it depends on the cat. I have 15. Some are more feline-social than others. I have two males who despise one another and fight constantly, but since they also both spray to mark their territory against the other, I can’t rehome either of them. Just can’t justify handing that problem off to somebody else. I have two sisters who grew up in a single room in an abusive environment where their owner, who was emotionally challenged, used to tease them to make them “entertain” her, so they also hate one another and shriek when they encounter one another. But the rest of my cats pretty much live together like any other family; sometimes they play, sometimes they tease each other; sometimes they sleep all snuggled together. So I think it depends on the individual cat.

  77. Reply

    This dumb broad is full of it.

  78. Reply

    One cat will get lonely , we’ve had 19 over the last 20 years and 10 of them all at once.You take care of them because you love them even if you have to sacrifice some things for yourself. 🙂

  79. Reply

    That’s crazy, my cats keep each other company and love each other so much! They’d be so bored with just us. Dr. Sarah Ellis, you are just plain wrong, honey.

  80. Reply

    Please, have mercy on your neighbors. You may be nose blind, but they aren’t. It is behaviors like this that get laws limiting total number of permitted pets per household laws enacted. Three or four kitties is damn well enough. After that, you are entering into horderville.

  81. Reply

    That doctor is nuts. When my one cat passed away the other was devastated and went into a depression. He didn’t play anymore and just lay around. When we introduced a new kitten into the house it took a day for him to adjust but all of a sudden he was running around and playing with his toys. He was back! To this day those two run around together and gang up to annoy the dog.

  82. Reply

    It would depend on the environment. How much space do you have? Are they alone a lot while you work? How many family members want the cat at the same time? I don’t ever think cat hording is okay. Ever. I just think only one is extreme over correction.

  83. Reply

    Bull$#%&!@*. One wonders if Dr. Sarah Ellis has ever HAD any cats.

  84. Reply

    This is right on par with the court appointed child psychologist…who had no children of her own…saying that a five year old didn’t know how to lie. And believed it. *shaking my head*

  85. Reply

    One cat gets lonesome and then they get into things. We have 6 and they sleep together with us or in other groups wherever they get tired. All are affectionate and playful and like others they are all rescues or litter mates from rescues.

  86. Reply

    Sorry, but I totally disagree with this article. My boy Twister was miserable till we brought home another cat. Kicking cats off the furniture isn’t allowed at my house. I always want at least 2 cats & if I had more money and a bigger house I’d have lots more kitties around. 🙂

  87. Reply

    My Furr babies would totally disagree with that. I have two inside kitties and two outside kitties with their two doggie buddies. Dr. Ellis must be some kind of control freak person.

  88. Reply

    Is he for real? Everybody knows that cars are like potato chips-you can’t have just one!

  89. Reply

    I don’t agree.

  90. Reply

    My two cats are city kitties and they are best friends! We have a very spacious townhome now, but when we got our 2nd cat we were living in a one bedroom apartment downtown. They have always loved eachother!

  91. Reply

    I don’t agree 2 is better so they always have someone to play with!! Cats need company while there people are gone!! Cats can get depressed too!

  92. Reply

    My Manny would get bored when I wasn’t home so I got him a cat to keep him company.

  93. Reply

    Cats are too lonely being an only child

  94. Reply

    Cats are social creatures like us….they need buddies too!

  95. Reply

    Two at least. Cats need company when humans are not at home.

  96. Reply
  97. Reply

    This person speaking about ONE Cat is sufficient, apparently does NOT KNOW CATS !
    Cats are VERY “Social Beings.” They have needs, emotions, and feelings just like People. They may not have an acute “Sense of Time” as we do, (evidenced by People leaving their Cats at Home while working during the day, etc….An Hour, or All Day seems to be “the same” to a Cat.
    HOWEVER, They all NEED another “Friend,” whether it is another Cat (OR a few more of them) Or a Dog. A “Playmate,” “Sleeping Buddy, ” etc.

    I HOPE this person will observe MORE and LEARN something REAL about Cats.before writing a further OPINION.
    IF she had ONLY One Cat, I think she would be amazed at the “Happiness Level Increase” in that Cat when she introduced it to ANOTHER Cat in the Household.

    My Cats (3) are ALL HOUSECATS….Their very Large and deep Litterbox is cleaned (scooped) frequently during the day; they have “Open Feeding,” i.e: Food ALWAYS in the Bowl; and in different areas of the House, ALWAYS FRESH WATER !
    They also have a big wicker Basket of small~stuffed “Cat Toys,” which they will go and select an item to play with….either alone, or with one of the other Cats. Sometimes they will bring a stuffed “mouse” in their mouth and “present” it to one of Us….for the Thanks and Praise they get in acknowledgement for their “Gift.”
    {I have NOT been able to teach them to RETURN their Toys to the Basket after they are finished Playing with them….but that’s fine; Most Parents CANNOT TEACH their HUMAN Children to put THEIR Toys away ! }
    That “Cat Expert Writer” of that Article is NO “Expert” in my personal opinion.
    I have had multiple Cats ALL my Life…{I never played with Dolls as a Child, I had CATS.} and I am 70 Years Old.
    People who visit my Home are amazed they do NOT “Smell Evidence of CATS in the House.”

  98. Reply

    2 cats minimum ! They play and keep each other company. Would you like to be the only human in the house? That Dr. Probably never owned a cat and therefore is not educated enough to know!

  99. Reply

    🙂

  100. Reply

    Curious as to how many cats Dr. Ellis has had in her house at one time. The most we had at one time was three and it was not a problem.

  101. Reply

    No they like company…

  102. Reply

    I live in the city and I have 3 cats and one dog. They have a sun room and a cement screened in area outside where they can play, watch birds, watch the fish jump in the lake and they have a squirrel that makes a daily visit and they are happy, loved and well cared for. They are never lonely because if we are not home they have each other. 🙂

  103. Reply

    It depends on the cat and the space. It is essential to provide vertical spaces and hidey spaces. As much as my cat Mou might prefer to live with fewer cats, I am sure she prefers her home with me to the county shelter.

  104. Reply

    Anita Tankersley says:
    “This person speaking about ONE Cat is sufficient, apparently does NOT KNOW CATS !
    Cats are VERY “Social Beings.” They have needs, emotions, and feelings just like People. They may not have an acute “Sense of Time” as we do, (evidenced by People leaving their Cats at Home while working during the day, etc….An Hour, or All Day seems to be “the same” to a Cat.
    HOWEVER, They all NEED another “Friend,” whether it is another Cat (OR a few more of them) Or a Dog. A “Playmate,” “Sleeping Buddy, ” etc.

    I HOPE this person will observe MORE and LEARN something REAL about Cats.before writing a further OPINION.
    IF she had ONLY One Cat, I think she would be amazed at the “Happiness Level Increase” in that Cat when she introduced it to ANOTHER Cat in the Household.

    My Cats (3) are ALL HOUSECATS….Their very Large and deep Litterbox is cleaned (scooped) frequently during the day; they have “Open Feeding,” i.e: Food ALWAYS in the Bowl; and in different areas of the House, ALWAYS FRESH WATER !
    They also have a big wicker Basket of small~stuffed “Cat Toys,” which they will go and select an item to play with….either alone, or with one of the other Cats. Sometimes they will bring a stuffed “mouse” in their mouth and “present” it to one of Us….for the Thanks and Praise they get in acknowledgement for their “Gift.”
    {I have NOT been able to teach them to RETURN their Toys to the Basket after they are finished Playing with them….but that’s fine; Most Parents CANNOT TEACH their HUMAN Children to put THEIR Toys away ! }
    That “Cat Expert Writer” of that Article is NO “Expert” in my personal opinion.
    I have had multiple Cats ALL my Life…{I never played with Dolls as a Child, I had CATS.} and I am 70 Years Old.
    People who visit my Home are amazed they do NOT “Smell Evidence of CATS in the House.””
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-2/#comment-2964

  105. Reply

    I also have seventeen (yes, rescues – with seven over the age of 15) – and I foster kittens for a local shelter (I do keep mine separate). Sure, once in a while there are some “misunderstandings” as all cats’ personalities differ, but over all, they get along and gets lots of attention as I am self employed and home most of the time. I also have acreage. I think many cats kept alone would prefer the company of at least one other cat.

  106. Reply

    My cats r brothers and would probably die without the other

  107. Reply

    I got two for company while I’m out

  108. Reply

    crud, I have six rescue kitties two going to new forever homes and have had some for 8 years, they love and play unconditionally with each other, like peanut butter and jam.

  109. Reply

    I have six cats living with us at this time. They are all special and much loved. Six cats are the right amount for me.

  110. Reply

    I think she is full of malarkey! I have 3 furbabes, I did have 5, but Dora passed 2 years ago at the age of 16 and Sparky passed this May at the age of 17. Mikey, his brother is 17.5, Guido is 8 and Jazz is 4. My point here, is all my kitties are living life to the fullest and are healthy, happy and very much loved! And she says, “More than one makes life hard on cats????” This woman is nuts as far as I am concerned! She should choose another profession because clearly she is very wrong!

  111. Reply

    is she for real? absolute bs.

  112. Reply

    Rubbish! Obviously not a cat person!

  113. Reply

    I think she is a nutcase!

  114. Reply

    I think at least 2 unless you are down to an old cat and have lost the companion cats then you might want to wait to get a new one. but they should have a playmate at least 1

  115. Reply

    We have six and they are all neutered and spayed and get along just fine. In fact they provide many priceless and hilarious moments that keep life interesting. I’ll never own just one cat – they enjoy having company for the most part.

  116. Reply

    He needs to mind his own business is what I think.

  117. Reply

    Having a Ph.D is no guarantee of having sense.

  118. Reply

    I had 2 and one disappeared we think he snuck out when we weren’t looking and someone took him in or something his sister is a completely different more “needy” cat since he’s been gone- she follows me everywhere- she was like that before but we think that she’s doing it more because she’s lonely and/or bored without him

  119. Hell NO!!!!!

  120. Reply

    I’m thinking she knows nothing about cats. Cats enjoy at least one companion. Mine always have. Cats are not cold the way people portray them. I feel you get from a pet what you give to that pet:)

  121. Reply

    she obliviously doesn’t have any cats at home.

  122. Reply

    No way

  123. Reply

    I have many furbabies…They all get along and are all taken care of…I am bedfast and don’t know what I’d do without all my kitties!

  124. Reply

    Don’t agree with her at all!

    • Mari-Ellen Ballay
    • October 10, 2014
    Reply

    I have 5 cats and 2 7 feet cat trees and 2 4 foot cat condos and my 5 get along terrific never had a problem its all in the way you get them together time love and patience pays off they would be sad without each other

  125. Reply

    Mari-Ellen Ballay says:
    “I have 5 cats and 2 7 feet cat trees and 2 4 foot cat condos and my 5 get along terrific never had a problem its all in the way you get them together time love and patience pays off they would be sad without each other”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-3/#comment-3031

  126. Reply

    Ridiculous comment from the so-called “expert”. She obviously knows nothing about cats.

  127. Reply

    No way. Cats are like potato chips you can’t have just one.

  128. Reply

    So wrong!!

  129. Reply

    I have 10 cats right now, 4 of which are (as planned anyways) temporary.

    They’re handling it well enough. In fact, one of our cats has decided to be their momma, despite being fixed, and takes time to clean them and keep them out of trouble. Even protects them from our grumpy cats!

    The only downside is how much food it takes to feed them all. And how much I have to clean the litter boxes.

  130. Reply

    R u kidding me ?? NO!

  131. Reply

    Ur my kind of people!!

  132. Reply

    No

  133. Reply

    another dr trying to tell u what to do, its total rubbish

  134. Reply

    I think it depends on the cat & its living situation. Cats are individuals.

  135. Reply

    I don’t believe it !! I have two cats, and don’t know what they would do without each other !! they are so darn happy together !! I Love My Kitty’s !!

  136. Reply

    what does she know?

    • Linda Robbins
    • October 11, 2014
    Reply

    I’m sorry, but this person does not know beans about cats. I have 6 cats, they all get along fine and love being together. Hunting is not a problem as they are all indoor cats. They “play” hunt each other, but they do not fight. They even engage in group grooming behavior, meaning they groom each other, which in cats is a sign of affection. When one gets sick and needs to go to the vet, the others worry and get anxious about their return. If a cat really wants to hide, they will find a way. This Dr. Ellis may need to take a refresher course, or at least do some observation on well adjusted multiple cat households.

  137. Reply

    Linda Robbins says:
    “I’m sorry, but this person does not know beans about cats. I have 6 cats, they all get along fine and love being together. Hunting is not a problem as they are all indoor cats. They “play” hunt each other, but they do not fight. They even engage in group grooming behavior, meaning they groom each other, which in cats is a sign of affection. When one gets sick and needs to go to the vet, the others worry and get anxious about their return. If a cat really wants to hide, they will find a way. This Dr. Ellis may need to take a refresher course, or at least do some observation on well adjusted multiple cat households.”
    From: https://www.kittenswhiskers.com/cats-in-the-city-only-one-per-household/comment-page-3/#comment-3053

  138. Reply

    in some cities there is a limited number of cats you are allowed to have and it isn’t one

  139. Reply

    I had one for almost 20 years when she passed and next I got two brothers. They love and adore each other. They are each other’s best friend. They play well together and are totally indoor animals. I so disagree with one animal per household in the city. I know because I have the experience.

  140. Reply

    she is crazy i have 8 cats and they r the best things ever they do things i don’t like but they r my kids

  141. ONE cat per haus? R U NUTS?.. whats next? one baby per haushold too? well that part isn’t a bad idea..no babies just cats.

  142. gads! I envy your fam….17nkittehs? your hearts are sooooo big. 🙂 I wish I had the finances to haus a lot more kittehs..but Im only fit for six

  143. Reply

    Love , care, food………….If you can give these things to an animal, you have the right to have as many as you want…………….(forgot safe shelter..)

  144. Reply

    Cats need company… they need a few of their kind to be happy.. I don’t agree with just one at all.

  145. Reply

    Neither do I

  146. Reply

    I live with four wonderful cats ages 10years to four months and they all get along. However not all cats want other cats around.

  147. Reply

    I have 7 cats and they are all happy. I play and pet with each one of them every day. This guy has no idea what he is talking about. My babies play with each, chase each other around the house and have fun.

  148. Reply

    I have two cats and I live in an apartment !!!

  149. Reply

    Indoor cats need the companionship of another cat. My two pretend to ignore each other, but if one starts vocalizing the other goes to see if everything is alright.

  150. Reply

    i have three but live on an acreage, and when one is missing the other two are out looking for that one, they miss each other. one would be very lonely.

  151. Reply

    me either, they like to have companionship too, I have had two at a time many times, and they love to be with each other

  152. Reply

    Completely Disagree!

  153. Reply

    The majority of domestic animals like to be social with those of their own kind. While having a good relationship with their human, we can’t always be there to keep our animals company. Work, School, Shopping, etc. I have 11 cats and they have formed their own bonds and it’s endearing to find them in a pile, snuggled together.

  154. Reply

    Cats have their own personalities and personal needs. They are unique like people. My cats enjoy each other and sometimes they squabble. I have a cat tree and one of my kitties likes boxes so I try to have at least one on hand. Right now he has two. There are plenty of places to hide and I have a little bed in a closet. They take their afternoon naps in different places and usually only snuggle together in the winter or when I am out. They miss me when I am gone and if I am gone a long time both of them are usually sitting just inside the door when I get home. They clearly look like they have been waiting for me or heard me get off the elevator. I wouldn’t want them to be alone. I think the Ph.D. in question should know by now that blanket solutions don’t work. I’m sorry to hear it is posed as a “professional opinion” when in fact it is a “professional’s opinion”. A very different matter. Those of us who have lived and loved cats knows that this research is already open to serious question. We have just given proof to that pudding.

  155. Reply

    I TOTALLY disagree – our two cats are devoted to each other!

  156. Reply

    That doctor is full of $#%&!@*.

  157. Reply

    I think having only 1 is sad. At least adopt 2 so that they can have a playmate. Mine like to play with each other.

  158. Reply

    LOL I agree…TWO maybe, not ONE!!!

  159. Reply

    I have 5 rescue kitties ….they are ALL doing well….sometimes all 5 are asleep on the same couch….they all have their special time with mommy and daddy (when they want it) lol

  160. No…totally depends on person who has the cats…

  161. Reply

    True!!!, they need company.

  162. Reply

    I do not agree one per household, they need a companion to play with when their owners are not home, they are not as lonely then!! 🙂

  163. Reply

    Sweet!

  164. Reply

    I think the perrrrrfect number of cats for me and the cats are 2

  165. Reply

    Nope. I’ll have 6 please:)

  166. Reply

    She is an idiot. Simple as that.

  167. Reply

    Hell no! I want more cats than I already have!

  168. Reply

    Aren’t cats like potato chips, you can never have just one???? Mine sleep together, chase each other around and compete for my lap when I sit down. Couldn’t imagine just having one.

  169. Reply

    I have 2 and I love in the city

  170. Reply

    Don’t agree.. another control thing..

  171. Reply

    Bull crap I would have a house full if I could I love cats

  172. Doctor is crazy & Full of crap..I have more than one and the are just fine

  173. Reply

    disagree with her completely. I have 10 cats, seven of them a family, Mom and her 6 kids and they play together and cuddle up and sleep together. I also have 2 brother who do the same thing, play together and cuddle together. I one lone guy plays with the other but sleeps by himself. I really think cat families enjoy being together. especially if that is the life they are used to. My cats have a great life together. I love them all.

  174. Reply

    Its a load of kitty POO. Every cat is unique and each decides on their own terms if they are more of a 1 house cat or not.

  175. Reply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ….. not ever more is fun.. and more melt ur heart…

  176. Reply

    I agree with Linda Meow Mussay..the doc is full of $#%&!@*!

  177. Reply

    No way! These are our babies, they all love each other

  178. Reply

    I do not agree on only 1 cat purr household.

  179. Reply

    He’s an idiot.

  180. Reply

    Not nearly as hard as being euthanized, Dr. Ellis…. Yours is the opinion of an animal behaviorist, not an animal lover

  181. Reply

    People have more than one dog jn the city if you can afford it why not

  182. Reply

    i have 5 and one alone gets lonesome when you are at work or out,may cat have room to play and run,they are happpy so lady take you advice and shove it

  183. Reply

    I disagree totally! They like having a companion! We have 5 cats they get along great!! This “Dr. Ellis” must not be a cat person! I wander what Jackson Galaxy would think of this!!

  184. Reply

    the expression on this cat’s face says it all.

  185. Reply

    “Two maybe”?? Do we live in China or America?! I have three only because my adult son (and I only had one!) still living at home decided he wanted his own but I’ve had more in the past. I don’t think anyone needs to be crazy and have a bunch of cats, I’ve certainly learned the hard way, but if you can afford to feed them and the vet, more power to you!

  186. Reply

    I have had two to four cats so that wouldn’t work for me. There would be so many cats put down if you could only have one my sister has five and sometimes six. So this dr. Is crazy

  187. Reply

    thanks for loving cats. I do too

  188. Reply

    I disagree! I have three cats, and that’s my personal limit. Having at least two cats gives them them the company of their own kind, someone to play with if their human is absent.

  189. Reply

    just another cat hater!!!!sticking her nose where it dont belong!!!!!

  190. Reply

    control, control, control,……..bull$#%&!@* !!

  191. Reply

    At least two maybe more. They need to have other cats to play with and interact with. <3

  192. Reply

    There should be at least 2 per household. Home alone all day is boring, they will have each other. If you want more and can afford it that’s even better. 🙂

  193. Reply

    that is horse s–t!!!! you should always have at least 2 to keep each other company and give them a playmate!!!

  194. Reply

    they would be bored

  195. Reply

    Ok if only one cat per household…how about only one child per household…or one parent per household…guess we could go on and an on this one…This Dr. is WRONG…I have had up to 20 cats in one big house and they were all very happy…

  196. Reply

    Do not agree…I have five and very happy and healthy!

  197. Reply

    I totally disagree with this Dr. Ellis….loneliness is a huge factor, and having another cat to bond with is such a good thing.

  198. Reply

    I disagree! I have 2 cats and love them both the same, and they are great company for each other when I am at work.

  199. Reply

    Crazy. Totally disagree. I think 2 is a much better perfect number for small spaces. Now if your cat is a little older and you want to introduce another, that takes some thinking and trial with your cat. It can adversely affect the cat and make him stressed. But two cats who grow up together can play and sleep together. They provide company and a good sparring partner. This dr is crazy!!

  200. Reply

    I have never heard an animal “expert” say more than one cat is cruel! !

  201. Reply

    A cat needs a companion. There should always be more than 1 cat in a household. This lady is wrong.

  202. Reply

    I think they don’t know what they are talking, they need company.

  203. Reply

    At one time I had 6 cats varying in age from kittens to a 5 yr. old. The older cat didn’t like the rest of cats & 1 kitten that I raised on a bottle. The other 4 would be in my lap at one time. They all got along. The two I mentioned wouldn’t stay in my lap if another cat jumped in my lap.

  204. Reply

    I think Dr. Sarah Ellis really needs to actually “DO” research on the subject before making an asinine assumption! The tuxedo cat’s name is Sparky, she is a spayed female who adopted Fuzzy, as hers and loved him like her own kitten!

  205. Reply

    I have one cat, Happy Cat. My cat went and got another one, Morris. Six years ago. Think Mo is going to stay.

  206. Reply

    I think that is wrong so what will happen to the ones that don’t have a home killing them is not good for them either I am sure if they had a say they would rather have more cats in the house than to die. That’s plain silly.

  207. Reply

    We have 10 in a 2 bedroom apartment…plenty of rooms to play and run around. our cats are happy and healthy…they all get along well. Me and my husband loves cats….

  208. Reply

    What a load of clap trap. Utter nonsense.

  209. Reply

    No one will tell me how many i can have as long as i am able to provide all they need

  210. Reply

    Doctors are not always in touch or know what the’re talking about. Most cats like at least i more cat around for company.

  211. Never have one cat by himself. That’s so unfair. Need at least 2.

  212. Reply

    I like ahving at least 2 so they can play with each other. When I had one she taught the puppy to jump LOL

  213. Reply

    I disagree with the doctor I have 3 cats and they play together, eat together and are happy

  214. Reply

    I own 5 cats and a puppy and I would never change it ! Loves them all <3

  215. Reply

    I disagree with a one cat per house concept. If a house is going to have a cat, there should be a least second cat for companionship, if not more. I currently have 4 cats

  216. Reply

    No way! They need company!

  217. Reply

    It depends. Once I had brother and sister, and when they got older he started attacking her. Now I have mother and son and they are fine.

  218. Reply

    2 is always better then 1…

  219. Reply

    that’s crazy! I only have one at the moment, but she shares her life with a dog, so that counts as two!!! BFFS!!!!

  220. Reply

    Bad Idea! I have 3 inside and 4 outside, they need companionship. Oz needs to go to Emerald City!

  221. Reply

    I must have some unhappy cats but they are country cats and they own this place so if you think one cat per household makes a perfect number, maybe they need to check with all my little fur babies.

  222. Reply

    That’s crazy

  223. Reply

    Depends on the cats and if you can afford to feed and care for them and have made arrangements for their care if you are no longer around

  224. Reply

    I would have to say she needs to go back to school and see how cat clans work they are happier with others and some are just antisocial most are very social with other cats I have watched this in the house cat and especially with ferals they find a way to get along or leave each other alone they are not like us humans who go out of their way to be troublesome I wonder if the good Dr gets along with anyone else or if sSHE is a loner

  225. Reply

    we only have 3 ex ferals and 2 strays ll are house pests and get along they all have their own personalities and I could not live without them!!!

  226. Reply

    this comes from someone who has a dog or two but no cats and doesn’t understand them at all

  227. Reply

    Never just one to the house, unless someone is Always home to keep them from being lonely!!

  228. Reply

    Bull$#%&!@*! My 2 boys play everyday!!

  229. Reply

    I think cats are like people and we should lump them in a one-size-fits-all category. Some cats do much better in single cat households. Some needs a friend. Some need lots of friends. Some need a friend that might not even be another cat (had a cat who loved his beagle brother). My elderly cat probably prefers to be left alone, but she’s a bit senile now and the younger boy we have helps snap her out of her episodes. Not all kitties are the same. If your cat needs to be a single cat, respect it. If your cat needs a friend, get a friend 🙂

  230. Reply

    one cat won’t feed a household

  231. Reply

    i strongly disagree with this. one of my greatest joys in life is watching my 3 cats play with each other. as long as a person can take good care of more than one cat then they should be allowed to have more than one.

  232. Reply

    That’s just crazy!!!

  233. Reply

    Numbers aren’t as important as the care and love the cats receive. Does she want to see more cats euthanized or living on the street?

  234. Reply

    I love “house pests”, John Safly!

  235. Reply

    I have more than one cat and I would not get rid of any of them!!!

  236. Reply

    Two are much happier

  237. Reply

    I don’t think this so-called animal behaviorist knows what she’s talking about. I’ve read so many stories and seen so many videos and photos of multi-cat households where the cats got along just fine. I agree with Brenda.

  238. Reply

    Dr. is definitely wrong

  239. Reply

    That doctor is an idiot. I prefer having two. They keep each other company when I’m gone during the day. Not all cats or even dogs are solitary creatures. Mine sleep together, play together, groom each other and eat together. I hope first time pet buyers don’t listen to her.

  240. Reply

    I’m sure Dr. Meant One Gato for each person !

  241. Reply

    I once had 10 rescued cats in my house and they all got along just fine with each other. I think perhaps this is another large load of BS.

  242. Disagree! I have two inside and they get along fine! I also have two outside who wander in occasionally and they all love each other as much as I do! Wouldn’t change it for the world!!

  243. Reply

    I have 3 and they love each other…

  244. Reply

    Maybe that doctor needs to live by herself and depend on others for happiness

  245. Reply

    One is too lonely.

  246. Reply

    that statement is a lot ofcrap

  247. Reply

    I know my cats love companionship. It would be cruel to isolate them.

  248. Reply

    Two cats or more, are always better then one…as long as you can afford it of course 🙂

  249. Reply

    She is nuts!

  250. Reply

    Wonderful people to love these babies!

  251. Reply

    It is pure ignorance.

  252. Reply

    Two….All cats need a cat friend.

  253. Reply

    Nope….my two cats keep each other company and each other fit. They love to chase each other around. I’ve had both just one cat and 2-3 cats at a time. My one cat was lonely and cried for attention. When I got a second cat, it stopped and she was fine. I will never go back to only one cat. More purrs and love!!!

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