Considerations with Multiple Cats
Housing multiple cats may be tricky. So you have a
purebred cat and you’re thinking of taking that next step. Perhaps
you’d like to breed your queen and raise your own show cats or get a
few show quality to compete with and possibly breed later. With
multiple animals there are multiple considerations towards housing.
example, if you buy a brother and sister how will you keep them from
breeding? Even if it’s cats you plan on breeding later but now
must be a plan to keep them securely apart. The solution for
some is a
room for queens and another for toms.
Cats are often by nature solitary in
The cougar, for example prefers to be a loner while lions are much more
social. With domestic cats there is the same variance. Some cats prefer
to be alone while others are content snoozing on a chair with two or
three others. Before you toss everything and create large colony type
rooms consider carefully your cats.
- If you have open colony
rooms there’s still the chances of pregnancies you don’t want.
- There is
no provision for queens with a litter who want more privacy,
- or for new
cats that ideally will be quarantined before entering your cattery,
whatever the size it is.
- There’s also the issue of feeding if dominant
cats hoard the feeder and lower ranking ones get nothing at
- Some cats won’t use a litter box
they have to share.
is another issue that takes on importance in housing multiple cats. As
the numbers of cats increases so does, it seems, the chances of one
scooting out a door or window. Indoor rooms can be made from unused
rooms but for some even this isn’t quite enough.
Taking a cue from other species, individual
‘stalls’ can work great.
Some use poultry netting while others use playpens made for dogs, with
either secured to a frame and a door that allows you access without
trying to squeeze through a little cage door! Depending on your
location this might be on a covered deck, in the garage, a separate
shed or on the back patio.
- A 4X8 foot area, secured top to
bottom with a solid floor and top keeps cats in where you put
- Within this area you can create shelves for the
cats to rest and play
on, use 4-5 inch diameter pieces of logs for scratching areas and give
more room than just the square footage of the ‘room’.
- The litter box
can be in one corner, water and food from another and ‘toys’ to keep
the cats active inside.
- With several of these ‘rooms’ you can
thus arrange that queens have private rooms when they have kittens and,
properly planned, the ventilation far excels that which small cages can
- Three to four cats can share these ‘homes’ if
they get along
but of course it means grouping to keep the males away from the queens.
- Once inside a tight but airy room she
will not get bred and it eliminates unplanned litters.
prefer their cats to continue to have run of the home, which as long as
biosecurity is heeded and you have all queens or all toms then perhaps
this will continue to be an option for you. Devise a plan that works
for you and your cats!
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