If you spend just a few minutes poking around my blog, you will learn a few things about me. I like to cook, travel, read, and I love cats! I come from a cat-loving family, and I am a firm believer that a house is not a home without a cat. I am also a firm believer in adopting pets from the shelter. There are so many animals that are in shelters through no fault of their own who would love to call your house home.
We currently have two cats; Orion and Pete. We adopted Orion five years ago from one of our local shelters when he was just over a year old, and we adopted Pete two years ago when he was about five years old. They are both loving, sweet, beautiful cats who love their people. I am not sure of their stories and why their previous families surrendered them, but their loss is our gain. I will happily take in an adult cat who is looking for their forever home.
Don’t get me wrong; kittens might be the cutest thing on the face of the planet. Their sweet faces, their high-pitched mew, and even their rambunctious nature always make my heart skip a beat. Although their overwhelming sweetness can’t be denied, when it comes to bringing a new kitty home, I will choose an adult cat and this why I think you should consider an adult cat, too.
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WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT AN ADULT CAT
THEIR PERSONALITY IS KNOWN
When you bring a kitten in to your home, their personality can be a bit of a mystery. If you have spent much time with cats, then I’m sure you’ve noticed that cats’ characters are just as individual as yours and mine. Once a cat reaches about a year old, their kitten personalities start to go away, and they calm down; settling into their character. When adopting a cat who is a year old or more, you will know whether they will be a lap cat or more independent or if they will be a talker or more on the shy side.
ADULT CATS ARE MORE CALM THAN KITTENS
Kittens, as sweet as they are, are rambunctious little animals. If you adopt an adult cat, you won’t have to worry as much about them climbing up the curtains or coming into your room in the middle of the night wanting to play. An adult cat will want to hang out with you and sleep with you all night without waking you up.
ADULT CATS MAY BE BETTER FOR YOUNG KIDS
A kitten can be mouthy and scratch more than an adult cat. They usually don’t mean it and are only trying to play, but if you have young children in the house, they may not like being your kitten’s chew toy. Also, even though their claws are small, kitten claws are sharp, and they know how to use them! When adopting an adult cat, you can (and should) bring your children to the adoption interview so you will have an idea of how well your prospective new furry family member will get along with your children.
THEY NEED LOVE, TOO
For the most part, adult cats in shelters don’t have behavior or personality problems. They are usually there for one of several common reasons, but it often comes down to owners who don’t want to take care of a pet anymore. I will never judge someone who surrenders a pet because in doing so, they are giving their pet a chance to find a loving, more suitable home.
When most people want to get a cat, they usually want a kitten so, of course, the kittens in the shelter are first to go home. Meanwhile, many adult cats are also waiting for someone to take them home. Kittens only stay kittens for about ten months, and a cat can live for 15-20 years, which means that a cat who is a few years old will still be with your family for a long time. Long enough to send your toddler off to high school in most cases.
EASIER TO TRAIN
Have you ever tried to tell a kitten to stay off the counter? Exactly. You can almost hear them laughing at you. While cats can’t be trained in the typical sense, they will eventually learn what is and isn’t socially acceptable in your home. With older cats, they are more likely to get the hint after a few reminders.
But one of the biggest reasons why I am happier to adopt an adult cat is because they are already litter box trained! When you choose an adult cat, you have to show them where the litter box is one time and that’s it. Training is done!