Are you considering adopting a cat? You may think immediately of the cuteness of a kitten, as do most of the people that go to the rescue centers or shelters to find a new member of the family. But it’s important to consider the advantages of adopting an adult cat over a kitten.
Here are 8 reasons that will make you think of the benefits of bringing home an adult cat.
1. You know what you are getting regarding temperament, full-grown size, coat, activity level, sociability and even health. Personalities and behaviors of adult cats are more established than kittens, and in most cases you can get this information from the shelters.
2. Adult cats are more settled, less active and less destructive than kittens. They will not expect you to play with them all day long and even though they will still explore every corner of your home, they will do it in a more cautious way without breaking things.
3. Adult cats need less care, attention and training. Their needs are simpler and easier to take care of, they are more independent and don’t need constant supervision. Most likely they will already have good litter box habits and they will know how to use the scratching post.
4. Adult cats are more likely to have been spayed, neutered or vaccinated at the shelters. This will save you some expenses and the fact that they are already fixed can make their temperament more stable than the one of kittens.
5. Adult cats are a better choice for children and for older people. They are less rambunctious and restless than kittens, plus they are more patient, tolerant and flexible. This means that they will not snap at small children’s behavior as easily as a kitten, and also be a calm and loving companion for a senior. Also, it’s less likely they will get injured by a rough child— which, by the way, doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t be taught from the beginning to treat them with respect and care.
6. Adult cats may be better companions for other existing pets. They tend to be more patient around other pets than extremely energetic kittens (especially if what you have at home is a senior pet).
7. Adult cats are more appreciative than kittens. They can act very affectionate and grateful, especially if they went through a difficult situation before they ended up for adoption.
8. You may be an adult cat’s last chance. Adult cats have the lowest rate of adoption since people usually prefer to take home a kitten. They are the first to be euthanized if they don’t find a home.
So, if you are considering adopting a cat, consider these reasons before you put the cuteness of a kitten in the first place. They may need a few days or even weeks to adapt to their new home (especially if they went through a traumatic experience that led them to the shelter or to the rescue center), but at the end of the day, you may be getting an ideal pet plus you may be saving a life.