I’m housing two of my friend’s cats for a month and a half while they are away on vacation.
Both cats (1 male and 1 female) are 6 months old, they aren’t related, but were raised together from a very young age, behave like siblings and become distressed when separated.
Unfortunately, neither is desexed (I wasn’t aware of this prior to agreeing to house them, so the female cat going into heat while sharing a room with the male cat may be a problem soon).
My question is; the safe room I have for them is relatively small ( similar to a large pantry), but they have all their necessities including things to keep them entertained; however, I feel like it’s too cruel, but they cannot freely roam the house as our front and back doors are rarely closed and there’s many territorial strays around my backyard.
Is a month and a half too long to keep 2 cats in one room? (I let them roam around the house for 20 minutes every night).
And should I separate them if the female goes into heat?