Single Kitten Syndrome What is it?
SINGLE KITTEN SYNDROME -- What is it? After studying cat behavior and returns of adopted kittens/cats some observations have been made. A lonely kitten can be a real “cat-tastrophe” for felines and humans alike. With Single Kitten Syndrome, kittens grow up to be cats with “cattitude.” They tend to play too roughly and often get returned when they reach adulthood and their behavior isn’t so cute anymore.
In order to become well-socialized cats, kittens need to learn appropriate behavior from one another. A human is not a substitute for a feline companion. You can provide attention and love but there is simply no way you can replicate the play behavior of the species. If they don't learn limits in their play as youngsters, they often develop inappropriate playful aggression. In other words, it may be cute when a kitten attacks your ankles when you walk by or playfully nips at your fingers while you're playing. It will be much less cute, not to mention annoying and painful, when your cat is full grown.
Kittens have been returned because of litter box problems. Litter box habits are learned at an early age and kittens actually play a large part in teaching each other how to faithfully go to the proper place when nature calls.
Two kittens playing together is one of the most entertaining activities in the world, both for you and for the kittens. Having two cats will also ensure that they are not lonely when you are away from home. A lonely cat can become neurotic and will sometimes let his/her owner know about their unhappiness by destructive behavior or inappropriate urination. This is not something most people would like to risk.
This is not about placing more kittens and cats. It's about the future of the individual kittens, their habits and their happiness. If you feel you are unable to care for two kittens, we strongly encourage you to consider one of the wonderful adult cats needing a home. Many of these are young mothers are scarcely more than kittens themselves. They're still very playful and entertaining and have learned good kitty manners from being around other cats. Excerpted from Seattle Feline Rescue & Meow Cat Rescue Kirkland WA -- What do you think??