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In my lifetime of experience, I have seen that most cats do better with a friend-another cat. Cats are social animals. In the wild, both the large cats like lions, and the feral domestic cats all live in groups. Cats that live alone can develop pyschological problems from the loneliness and boredom, especially if the cat must be alone for several hours a day while the family is at work and school. When you are ready to get a kitten, bring home two instead, the added cost is negligible compared to the rewards.