Having more than one cat in your home can work purrfectly fine. Cats can benefit from having feline companionship. However, cats can also be territorial over their own resources. Things like their food, water and litter tray access are very important to them.
Siblings who have been raised together are often the best pairings. They will have bonded growing up so won’t know life without each other.
Adding a new cat(s) into a household can cause the existing cat(s) to feel like there is an invasion in their territory. Don’t let this put you off having more furbabies though! With the right preparation you’ll all be settled in no time.
Provide a feeding bowl and water bowl each, plus one extra. So if you have three cats, have four feeding bowls and four water bowls. By having plenty of available bowls it can avoid the cats getting protective over their food/water.
Provide one litter tray each, plus extra, same rule as above. By having enough litter trays you’ll avoid any confrontations between the cats and other behaviour such as peeing and pooping outside of the tray. Something, which you definitely don’t want!
Bored cats are unhappy cats so provide different types of toys for each of your cats. Plenty of scratching posts will also keep them happy and avoid them scratching on your furniture. When your cats are engaged with toys this will encourage them to play together. Although sometimes they’ll play alone and that’s fine too.
Like us humans, cats also need some alone time, so one thing you can never have enough of are boxes/cat beds. They are a nice spot for some privacy and sleepy time. Have a few dotted around your house so if one cat wanted to retreat in the living room and another in the bedroom they can do so.
Remember; by having plenty of resources that are spaced out, your cats wont feel like they are competing. Therefore they’ll live together in harmony – hopefully!
If your cats are being far from harmonious and turning aggressive, it’s worth visiting your vet for advice on your situation. The vet can rule out any medical conditions that may be causing the aggression.