6 Reasons to Adopt an Older Cat !
23 March, 2017
Spring is here and typically the time when kittens are readily available at the adoption rescues and shelters. While kittens are adorable, sweet and full of energy, they are always the first preference in adoption. And some older cats get left behind. There are many reasons to adopt an older cat as irresistible as kittens can be.
Below are six top reasons why adopting an older cat is advantageous:
1. Older cats are more predictable than kittens
If you adopt an older cat, you know what you are getting. Their personality has been developed, so there are no surprises. Kittens are undeniably cute, but you never know what the future holds, how large they may get, what their personality will ultimately become. An adorable little kitten will be an adult in the blink of an eye, so start with an older one!
2. Adult cats aren’t as likely to tear up your furniture and home!
Adult cats aren’t as likely to tear up your home. Kittens have a tendency to chew things and scratch a lot of different things. Whether teething or just exploring bits of the world around them, kittens chew on shoes, the corners of books, ear lobes and fingers, carpet tassels, electrical cords, drapery strings, plants, and much, much more. Most adult cats don’t chew inappropriately at all and you won’t have scratch marks on your arms!
3. Older cats tend to get along with most other pets
If you have other cats or dog in your home and are looking for a friend, another adult cat may be the best choice. Kittens can be too playful and may upset your cat instead of providing companionship. A kitten may annoy your other pets. Older cats tend to get along better with other dogs too as they usually have been around dogs or at least seen them.
4. Adult cats will not have litterbox issues from the start (for the most part)
Adult cats require less attention and supervision. They’re quiet companions. They have well-developed manners, use the litter box and the scratching post without constant reminders. It is a relief and you can don’t have to worry about them when you are away.
5. Cats live a very long time so an older cat will be with you for many years
Cats have a long life span if cared for properly. When you adopt an older cat, the likelihood of your cat being with you for a long time is great. Especially now that you have brought the cat into you loving home.
6. By adopting an older cat, you really will be saving a life and adding space for another!
Many adult cats end up in rescues as they are abandoned or the parents have moved. For these loving cats, you might be their last chance to have the love and warmth of a home. Once a cat adjusts to a new home where they can feel safe and secure again, they’ll offer years of faithful companionship and unconditional love.
Adopting a kitten is fantastic too, but if you do adopt an older cat, you are allowing one more adult cat to have space in a rescue group.