We think Mr. Hemingway knew what he was talking about - after all, this is a guy who has cats named after him! (The famous polydactyl is nicknamed a "Hemingway" cat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyl_cat) We're not saying that you need fifty or so like Mr. Hemingway but two cats are usually better than just one. Here's why:
· By having two or more cats, you are able to enjoy the true social nature of cats and their relationships with each other.
· Cats who have a playmate tend to be more socially well-adjusted and avoid behavior problems like shyness, biting, hissing, being frightened and hiding from the company of people they don't know.
· Cats need stimulation during the day like humans. Studies have shown that some animals left alone most of the day in the house have brains that weigh up to 25% less than those that live in the street.
· In Switzerland, an anti-cruelty law was passed that requires people who are buying/adopting dogs and cats to acquire two instead of one since it is the nature of an animal to have company of his/her own kind.
· They are less likely to ruin furniture out of boredom.
· If you must work long hours or travel for a couple of days, two or more cats keep each other company and are more tranquil during your absence.
· It's more likely that people bring back an adopted cat due to behavior problems when only one has been adopted rather than two.
· Your cat will remain more playful and youthful into his/her later years with a companion.
· Cats are much less likely to gain weight due to lack of movement or suffer related illnesses.
· The workload to care for two cats remains relatively the same.
· You don't need more space for two cats.
· Because…two are better than one!