The Multi-Cat Household: Pros & Cons

Welcome, readers, to a new mini-series entitled…well, you did read the title before you started reading the post didn’t you? If not, shame on you. Go back to the top and start again. Don’t make me come over there…..

This series will focus on the pros & cons of living in a multi-cat household. Well, what did ya think it was going to be about? Knitting? (though wool may feature in one of the posts. Not sure yet).

The first topic I will tackle is what I like to call the Five Cat Salute.

Sometimes, I wonder how my house got so full of cats. They seem to be everywhere. Earlier, I looked round and there were four sitting watching me. Sometimes, they are clumped together, say three on our bed or one on the stairs and one at the top. Sometimes they are evenly spaced around the house. Which ever way you cut it, there’s a lot of cats.

I am seemingly incapable of passing a cat without greeting it. Here begins my problem. On the rare occasions I leave my desk, say to get a book from the shelf up stairs or something, I run the gauntlet of cats at their various posts around the house. So, for instance, I leave the office, and bump into Stripey on the way. He’s just burst through the cat flap, so we have a moment. Then I proceed up the stairs where I find Parker lying in the sun at the top. I lie on the stairs and we have a moment. Then, when I look in the kids’ room , Zizou is there looking irresistable, so we have a moment. Mojo, resting on our bed, can’t be left out, so we have a moment. And there’s Toko, under the ironing board, so I have to climb under it to ….have a moment. Some days, I get lucky and there’ll be three of them together on the bed. That’s a real time saver.

I have run some calculations, and estimate that cat greeting occupies at least 34 hours of my time each year, broken down as follows.:

(Approx 8 journeys around the house each day) x (an average of 3.5 cats) x (12 seconds greeting / snoothing per cat)  = 2,044 minutes of cat greeting per annum.

This does not include time spent playing with or grooming or sitting with cats. This is just greeting.

Analysis: Multi-cat household does not equal most efficient model possible.

Caveat: I don’t know if I worked out the minutes right. But it’s a lot.

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10 thoughts on “The Multi-Cat Household: Pros & Cons

    • No, that’s a whole other category of time wasting. Reckon I could shave a good 6 seconds off each bathroom visit without feline interference in the process. Parker invariably sees it as a place to rest on my knee…..awkward.

  1. To be more efficient, always carry a vaccuum cleaner when you move around the house. At the designated ‘greet’ time open a bag of treats and they all will be right there.

    • A Vacuuuuuuuum Cleaner? (as though it were a line from The Importance of Being Earnest) There is nothing in the world so inefficient as a vacuum cleaner, old boy. It slows down the universe’s journey to complete entropy and also, it frightens the cats. Might look into a kind of ‘treat holster’ though. Thanks for this partiallly useful input. ;)

      • Ah, Oldcat, words so wise from one so young. You are clearly a paragon of productivity, a veritable vacuum of inefficacy. I aspire to such organisational heights.

  2. Well! This promises to be a most interesting series indeed. Since we are a single-cat household (YAY for me!!!!), I will be able to reaffirm my belief that getting ALL of my Mom’s time without having to share is at least partially responsible for my blog’s name…ONESPOILEDCAT. :D But there are some nice things about having buddies of our own species to play with around the house – I can tell that’s the case from reading other blogs…..never a dull moment!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  3. I really need to resist any inclination you may inspire to get more cats. One is not enough, two is great, three is uneven, four I think is too many for my living space what with the birds and all… must resist! Its hard when its been a good six years since my house had kittens.

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