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Sibling rivalry amoung cats

Sunday, October 7, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

As you know, I have two cats.  I found my older cat Mollie, in 1999. She was huddled under a car in the parking lot of my apartment complex on a very damp October night. Actually there were two very tiny kittens under there. I came home from work, parked my car and heard tiny “meow.’s coming from under the car.  When I stooped down and looked under, one kitten came over to me, the other ran the other way. I picked her up and couldn’t believe how small she was. I took her inside, dried her off and the rest is history. I took her to the vet the next day and he said that she was barely five weeks old but in incredibly good health for an outside cat. She grew up to be my best friend. Now at 13 years old, she goes where ever I go. About 6 years later I adopted my second cat Millie who was about 9 weeks at the time. Millie is a small cat with the sweetest disposition. Unfortunately, Mollie never took to her new sister and the two are still rivals. Millie is actually very intimidated by Mollie.

All cats have different dispositions but I learned after I adopted Millie that there are certain circumstances where one cat may not take to the other.  In my case, the cats are two females of different ages that were adopted at different times. This isn’t the best situation. There is a better chance that two males will bond much better than two females. There is also a better chance that a male and female will bond easier than two females.

The best thing to do is adopt two kittens from the same litter. They will form a lifetime bond and be permanent companions to one another.

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