10 Reasons Having Multiple Cats Is Good For Your Relationship

Today’s post was written by the beautiful (inside and out), talented, animal-loving high-school-teaching Sarah Menzies of Sydney Australia. Some of you will remember Sarah from the Cat Man Monday post about her boyfriend Dan.  Sarah writes a blog, The Purr Diaries  where she is currently raising funds for a local no-kill rescue the,Cat Protection Society.

When I read Tamar’s recent post “The Human Benefits of a Multiple Pet Household,” I got to thinking that it isn’t me that needs convincing to get a third cat (I hate even numbers) but another member of my household. So I compiled my own list titled “Benefits of a Multiple Pet Household for Boyfriends!’ (And by multiple I mean more than 2!)

While the list below is directed at a certain someone I live with, I’m sharing it with you in the hopes boyfriends – and husbands – everywhere will come to understand the necessity of an additional cat for the well being of their relationship.

Sarah & Dan’s lucky kitties Ollie (back) and Bosco (front)


Ten Ways Your Boyfriend (or Husband) Will Benefit From a Third Cat

  1. Much more time can be spent surfing and fishing* with less complaining from your girlfriend.  *insert relevant outdoor/away-from home activities here.
  1. You won’t have to hear “I want another kitty” for a long time (well, at least not another year or so).
  1. You’ll be empowering your girlfriend to do good by saving another life if adopting from a shelter (which I’m an advocate for!).
  1. When we go out of town, your girlfriend will worry less that the cats aren’t happy without her, and therefore be less likely to annoy you while she frets over the cats the whole weekend
  1. Wanting to spend more time with the cats, your girlfriend won’t drag to the shopping mall in an attempt to fill the third-cat-void with material things. This in turn will save money.
  1. There will be no issues if you want to watch more sports on TV or play Playstation*, because your girlfriend will have even more kitties to distract her attention!  *insert relevant indoor activities here
  1. If you need to go out of town, your girlfriend will feel safer with three cats at home. (I mean look at Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey – if she’d never adopted that third kitty she may have been raped or murdered when an intruder broke into her home. Adopting that third cat literally saved her life!) 
  1. When your girlfriend is out of town there’ll be more cats for you to cuddle/talk to/play with/ make you laugh.
  1. Your cats will be happier. And don’t deny it, you love those little fur balls, and their happiness is important to you too!

Okay, if they aren’t buying the argument this far, #10 is guaranteed or your money back!

  1. You’ll have a happier girlfriend – and a happier girlfriend means a happier boyfriend. Right?
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34 Responses to 10 Reasons Having Multiple Cats Is Good For Your Relationship

  1. Tabbymom Jen says:

    My hubby says if I get another cat, he’s leaving. I’ll sure miss him… know where I can find a cat that can cook? 🙂

  2. Melissa says:

    We have multiple cats and each one is love and adored. We have seniors, middle and 1 year olds, tiz a chaotic household but we love it 🙂

  3. cat mom says:

    I had to laugh at #4. When my husband and I go out of town for any length of time, all I can think of are the cats! I’m constantly like, “I wonder what they’re doing. I hope they’re okay”. He doesn’t seem to mind, or at least he hasn’t said anything about it. 🙂

  4. Bonnie Pinkston says:

    At the risk of being banished forever by all the married and attached females…..being single and alone, although never lonely, has afforded me the ability to have all the cats i want 🙂  

  5. Annameow says:

    I got a cat for my boyfriend; I think that was a really good deal! LOL

  6. Poohny7 says:

    @Tabbymom Jen I nearly wet myself.  If you find one that can cook, see if he has a brother/sister.  I’ll definately need him/her if i get another one or two.

  7. Nadia Rizvi says:

    #5 made me LOL! thanks. 🙂

  8. Annika M says:

    Well, we used to have up to 9 cats + foster cats/kittens. I believe my hubby is a well trained one, don’t you agree? 😉

  9. Jmuhj Acat says:

    For all the right and relevant reasons, multiple cats make the best sense.  But three?  What a small clowder! 😉

  10. Marie-Anne Duhem says:

    Due to the lack of responisbility of neighbors (their cats had two litters in OUR house), at one time and for many years, we had fourteen cats, in the house! Needless to say that for me it was complete bliss (hubby underwent), but it ruined the house. Still I cherish the memories.
    Now we have five, three calicos by choice, two black toms that walked in and stayed… I am so lucky.

  11. Brian Frum says:

    BRAVO! I just love them and all that they do, The Purr Diaries Rock!

  12. BeadedTail says:

    Great list!  It certainly works for husbands too!

  13. I HAVE CAT says:

    a cat AS your boyfriend or FOR your boyfriend?! 🙂

  14. I HAVE CAT says:

    ha! Lol! yes true but we have to start somewhere! 

  15. I HAVE CAT says:

    i think that one is my fave too! 

  16. Barbcarmichael says:

    my Hubby is a life long Musician , last year when one of my Kitty’s passed (from old age) my Hubby said to me ” no more Cats ? ” , and I said to him , it would be like me asking him to never play another musical note as long as he lives ! he shut right up and said when are you getting a Kitten then ? and I did ! Layla Von Cookie Monster , and then last summer  a stray Kitty found me so currently I have 3 Darling Loving and very Smart Cats ♥

  17. Anonymous says:

    Skip the boyfriend and get as many cats as you want.

  18. meowmeowmans says:

    Haha.  Brilliant!  So, did it work?

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, i already have 3 cats and no boyfriend but Sarah JUST got her 2nd kitty so 3rd might be a ways off! 🙂

  19. Kazuko says:

    these are exactly the same arguments i used to convince boyfriend of adopting a third cat. unfortunately, said third cat now punishes me for adopting and saving his life by dominating each and every member of this household – he was so tiny and cute but the older he grew the nastier he became. when he’s not hunting down other cats or human beings we actually enjoy his company as he can be quite funny and cuddly, too. but i have to admit (never to boyfriend though. of course not!) that i keep thinking back to last september when boyfriend, 2 cats and I lived a quiet life in peace without nasty third cat.

  20. karen says:

    i’ve got 2 cats and thats the perfect amount for me at the moment, but my boyfriend wants to have 3 when we get married, and im not going to let that oportunity slip away! hahaha

  21. Perfect! Just the kind of a list I needed 😉

  22. Ria Greiff says:

    I currently am a first time foster mom of three from a litter of four. One died of seizures two days after she arrived in my home. I’ve had the other three and I am in love. Problem is I have to home cats. But they are not the problem. My husband is. He thinks five is too many. The kids and I are heartbroken. Any ideas how to convince him??? They all have access 24/7 to our large gated yard as well so not always underfoot and no cat hair problems.