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Appropriate company for cats

Cats usually enjoy human company on their own terms. If kittens are treated well they can learn that people are their friends and companions. 

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Ensure your cat has appropriate company


 Top tips for appropriate company for cats:

  • Two tabby kittens entwined in a bed © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary
    If your cat enjoys human interaction, give them regular contact with people, even when you’re away.
  • When you go away, make sure your cat is taken care of by someone responsible such as a trusted friends, family or house sitter. If you cat is left without company or entertainment for a long period they are likely to suffer.
  • Don’t force your cat to interact with people or animals they don’t like. If you want to introduce a dog to your cat, do it gradually. See our guide to introducing dogs and cats (PDF 408KB).
    Cats often prefer to live alone so you need to think very carefully before getting another cat - it could compromise your current cat’s needs. If you decide on another cat, seek advice and introduce them patiently and carefully. See our guide to Introducing cats (PDF 408KB).
  • Bear in mind most cats will only be friendly with cats they grew up with and may not accept new cats into the home.
  • Cats who aren’t friendly to one another don’t like to share (e.g. food, water, litter, bed) or to pass each other closely. If your pets don’t get along, make sure to provide space to avoid each other at all times and accessibility to everything they need without having to pass one another.
  • If your cat’s behaviour becomes problematic, speak to your vet for advice. 
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