Adopt a Senior Cat – Easily Adaptable and Not Always the First Choice!
29 October, 2015
As most cat owners and lovers know, our cats are living much longer these days. It is not uncommon for a cat to reach his twenties and/or at least late teens! And, since our cats are living longer, it is something that should be taken into consideration when adopting a cat. Of course, kittens are very cute and fun, but most people forget that adopting an older cat has so many benefits. AND you will be adopting a cat that isn’t the first to be chosen and could save a life!
Below are some of the reasons why adopting an older cat is advantageous.
Older cats are more predictable than kittens
If you adopt a senior cat who is a sweet cat, you know that you will have a sweet cat when you take her home. The personality has been developed, so there are no surprises. You will most likely know the exact cat that you are bringing home. Adult cats already know who they are. 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!
Older cats will not 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!
Senior cats will get along more readily with other pets
If you have an older cat in your home and are looking for a friend for him or her, 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 cause your resident cat to be more annoyed than amused. Older cats tend to get along better with other dogs too as they usually have been around dogs or at least seen them.
Older cats will let you sleep through the night!
After a long day at work, you may just want to come home and curl up with your furry friend and most kittens prefer an action packed night with a lot of running and jumping. An adult cat will greet you at the door and be more than happy to curl up and watch your favorite shows on TV. They’ve already learned about the unconditional love thing.
Adult cats may sleep at the foot of your bed, under the bed or in a cozy spot somewhere else in the house, while a kitten will most likely run around all night, doing anything possible to wake you up for more games. Adult cats are generally happy to sleep when you do and don’t try to attack your toes through the blankets in the middle of the night or your head!
Adult cats will not have litterbox issues from the start
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.
If you an adopt an older cat, you will know the size from the start
When you adopt an older cat, you can pretty much judge what he will be for the rest of his life. If he is a small cat or a large cat, you can make an informed decision of which cat will fit best in your home and the correct diet to get or continue him on the right paw. With a kitten, you really don’t know how big they will become.
Adult cats are preferable for families with small children.
Adult cats are usually a better choice for families with small children. Kittens often play rough and are constantly underfoot and your child might step on him. Adult cats usually know the drill while kittens are all teeth and claws and even small children are fair game. Generally speaking, adult cats are calmer and often more patient with young children. The experience should be a good one for both the cat and the child.
By adopting an older cat, you will be saving a life since they are not the first chosen
Many adult cats end up in shelters due to no fault of their own. Separated from their loved ones, surrounded by other cats, confined, confused, and sometimes frightened, many are emotionally devastated by their misfortune. For the abandoned, forgotten, and heartbroken adult cats, you just might be their last chance to have the love and warmth of a home where they can live out their years in comfort. 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.
I am all for adopting any cat, even a kitten, but do remember that if you do adopt an older cat, you are making space for just one more adult cat to get a second chance!