Caring for multiple cats is like caring for twins or triplets for humans. Each one of them has needs and each one of them are different. No two cats are ever the same. Each has their own personality, their likes and dislikes and each one has special needs. It will never cease to be easy, but a task many would love to undertake.
If you are a cat lover as many are including the writer of this article, then one cat is never enough. After you start to raise multiple cats in your home, you will find that they fight at meals, they fight over a special toy and they fight over your attention. The best way to accomplish this task is by doing it separately.
So if you are going to feed cat number one dry food, then you better have dry food for the rest. The trick is to place the food in different locations. Place the dry food two feet apart from each cats feeding space. It is normal for all cats to be territorial. Dry food should only be fed once a day, if at all. Dry food tends to lead to urinary tract infections and should be limited.
If you are going to buy a cat toy, buy three and buy three different kinds. If you are going to feed them their lunch, place it in a very large platter which they will all share or separate bowls. Funny how multiple cats share the same water dish though. Also, to keep your cat's urinary tract in good shape, place a 1/4 teaspoon of raw apple vinegar in their water.
Cats are extremely jealous and anytime you spend more time with the one than the other cat, you endanger their feelings. So if you go up to one cat and kiss and caress them, you better do the same for the rest of the group. A cat who is upset will turn his back towards you, to show you their anger.
Cats are very emotional and they can give you a look that will let you know, "You upset me mom." Like changing their way of life, moving to a new home or even changing the kitty litter. Some cats will refuse to use the kitty litter when a lower grade is brought home, than they are use to.
Every cat has a place where they like to sleep. Whether it is on the bed with the owner or on a blanket that feels comfortable to them. When you have multiple cats, make sure that every cat has his special place and never try to put another cat in their place. This is where the saying comes about pampering your cat.
In the end, taking care of multiple cats is not difficult but it does involve some work and care. But anyone who has several cats will tell you that it is well worth the bother. Cats are like people, they want to be loved.
Photo courtesy of Photo Bucket englandmod
Pioneer Pet Smartcat Ultimate Scratching Post