I'm thinking of adding a feline member to our family.
I had cats as a child/teen and cared for a few fosters before i had DD1 so i'm not totally inexperienced.
But, i'm wondering, should we get 1 cat or 2? As a kid my parents always
Got 2 litter mates together.
Kept them indoors for the first 6 months.
Began to let them explore the garden from 6 months, after they had been spayed/neutered. Of our 4 cats i had through childhood 1 was killed by a dog (aged 8), one was "taken in" by another family (they fed her every day, thinking she was stray, though she had a collar on(!) then moved house and took her with them), one died of leptospirosis (aged 7) and one died of old age (aged 15). The two we got when i was 7 (those 2 were killed by the dog and died of old age) were from a litter of 8 and all the others were let out as kittens and got killed on the road.
I don't think they ever explained why they always got 2. I think they felt having 2 meant the cats could rely on one another for company (rather than having to rely on humans in a family with kids who needed focus from the adults and might not be the first choice for a cat in looking for company).
So is it better to get 2 together, or just one?