How much space for 2 kittens?

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Just out of curiosity, how big would my apartment have to be for 2 cats to live comfortably together? I currently have 1 extremely mellow and chill kitten, and the apartment is small enough for it to be OK with only 1 litter box. I might be able to fit 2 litter boxes, but 3 might be a problem and 4 just isn't an option. I'll have room for 2, maybe 3 large cat trees. Is my apartment too small?
 

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As long as you have space for two litter boxes and can clean them daily, and room for one cat tree, you should be fine. Kittens fortunately usually warm up to each other quickly but but you do need space or a plan to keep them separated during the introduction period.
 

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Horizontal space doesn't matter much to cats. They prefer vertical space so as long as you have a cat tree or a sturdy book case or even the top of the fridge, 2 cats will be fine even in a tiny studio, maybe even in those trendy micro apartments that are typically less than 400 square feet. 3 large cat trees is a bit much for a small apartment. One large one is plenty unless you plan to have no visitors and turn the apartment into one big cat play room :)

Two litter boxes are ideal but you can oftentimes get away with just one. I only have one litter box for 2 cats in 765 square feet and have never had an issue.
 

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I lived in a 900 sq foot apartment with two cats, one of which was a very active abyssinian. I had two litter boxes side by side in the bedroom, which was really the only spot with enough room. I didn't have any cat trees but they did like to sit up on the fireplace mantlepiece. It's helpful if you have safe spaces for both cats, even if they normally get along well together.
 

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I lived in a 900 sq foot apartment with two cats, one of which was a very active abyssinian.

Good point. A super active, energetic breed like an Aby or Bengal wouldn't do well in a very small apartment. My Aby bounces off the walls :dizzy: He has less than 765 sq. ft most days because I don't allow the cats in the bedroom while I'm at work.

Z ZombieTiger roughly how big is your apartment? Two mellow cats would likely be fine. Do you have a second bedroom or something where you could put a new cat in for the first few days? The bathroom always works as long as you cat-proof it.
 

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I lived in a 400 square foot studio with 2 cats. It worked pretty well. My dad built a little bridge for me so the cats could explore all of the kitchen cabinets and it gave them extra space to look down on me. I had two litter boxes and one cat tree too.
 
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Z ZombieTiger roughly how big is your apartment? Two mellow cats would likely be fine. Do you have a second bedroom or something where you could put a new cat in for the first few days? The bathroom always works as long as you cat-proof it.
I'm not sure about the conversion, but roughly 500 sq ft maybe? The layout is somewhat odd though, it's a loft apartment with 2 living rooms and no real bedroom, but they share a door I can close or put a gate in and they also have their separate entrances, one to the hallway and the other one to the kitchen, where the kitchen is more or less same as the hallway but with plumbing.

The room I use as a bedroom is where kitten has most of his toys, food station and litterbox. We use both rooms, but he seems to like the "bedroom" one best, it's also the only room with a window apart from the kitchen.

I could keep a new kitten in the other living room during introduction and also alternate who gets to spend time in the kitchen and hallway until they're familiar I suppose. Worst case scenario, I could close off so that they couldn't see or fight each other, but they would definitely know that someone else was there.
 

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my 5 cats have a large sized cat room, bedroom, master bath and closet they primarily stay in ... with a lot of vertical space ... cat trees ( we have 5 ), cat shelving , hiding spots. tunnels , cubbies ... they have the option to explore the rest of the house but prefer to stay upstairs because of our dogs ... I think more important than the overall space is ... how well the cats get along ... and how interesting their environment is ... windows, cat shelving, cat trees and options to get out of each other's sight ( we have a cat tree in the bathroom that is very popular for naps). Two cats need a minimum of two litter boxes ... and two feeding and water spots ...better three ... I personally think that two kittens is always better than one ... they enrich each other, play for hours and are more active and even later in. life ... having a cat room mate makes their life more interesting ... My cats all have " active hour" before bedtime and in the morning and gallop around - chasing each other up and down the trees and clearly enjoy company ... I never have to worry about going on vacation ( besides finding a petsitter who is willing to put up with our zoo ... ) - I know my cats are not lonely or depressed when I am not here ...
 

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Lofts can be hard for cat introductions :ohwell: A full two level loft with stairs would be somewhat easier than a one level. You can always keep a new cat in the bathroom until slow introductions are made. Or put up baby gates or something like this to keep the cats separate but still allow them to see and smell each other.
 
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Lofts can be hard for cat introductions :ohwell: A full two level loft with stairs would be somewhat easier than a one level. You can always keep a new cat in the bathroom until slow introductions are made. Or put up baby gates or something like this to keep the cats separate but still allow them to see and smell each other.
I don't know. I forgot to mention that most of the walls are full walls, I can have normal sized bookcases and wardrobes (?). What really bothers me is the lack of windows/daylight, like I said, only the kitchen and the "bedroom" has them.

The bathroom isn't an option in my opinion, it's very small, no air apart from a small fan (?), no daylight and quite noisy. No place for a kitten to live. The second living room would be a lot better.

(I've been looking for another apartment, but I'm extremely picky, believe it or not.)

Anyway, just thinking out loud here. I appreciate the input.
 
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I personally think that two kittens is always better than one ... they enrich each other, play for hours and are more active and even later in. life ... having a cat room mate makes their life more interesting ... My cats all have " active hour" before bedtime and in the morning and gallop around - chasing each other up and down the trees and clearly enjoy company ... I never have to worry about going on vacation ( besides finding a petsitter who is willing to put up with our zoo ... ) - I know my cats are not lonely or depressed when I am not here ...
Agreed. Maybe? I don't know me, I'm pretty new to everything cat.

Initially I only wanted one cat because I thought they were all solitary, but I've learned enough since to know that some of them need company.

When I found the one I have now, I asked about having one of his siblings as well, but they were all taken. I'm starting to regret not insisting, because there's always a thought in the back of my head that my Favourite Kitten will always be bored, no matter what I do to entertain him.
 
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