The number of cats in a home may not be a problem if their welfare needs are being met. For more information on welfare needs, please go to our information on the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The more animals are kept in one home, the harder it can become to look after and care for them. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, please contact the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999.
It’s also important to remember that many cats will only form social bonds with cats that they’ve grown up with. Being forced to live in close proximity to cats they do not get along with can be very stressful. If you have cats that are not friends, make sure that they can avoid each other at all times and can get to everything they need (e.g. food, water, bed, access to the outside and cat litter) without having to pass one another.
Whether or not they are in a multi-cat household, the RSPCA recommends that all cats are vaccinated against serious infectious diseases following a vet's advice. Your vet will be able to advise you what is appropriate for your cats. You should seek veterinary advice too if any cat shows signs of illness, pain or distress.