When you think about adopting a new cat, you may be picturing kittens. Kittens are adorable, spry, and full of life, but they are also a handful. Many kitten parents find themselves quickly overwhelmed with their care. To relieve some of this stress, you may want to consider adopting an adult cat, someone over the age of two. There are so many reasons why adopting an older kitty may be the very best option for your family.
Where kittens have to be taught how to live in a home, many adult cats have already lived the domestic lifestyle. They know the ins-and-outs of house living, meaning a much shorter adjustment period. Most important, they are usually litter box-trained. This means less bathroom accidents in your house.
Older cats also require less constant stimulation than kittens. Kittens are born with an excess of energy; they never stop moving. While this is fun at times, it is difficult to get work done around an active kitten. Older cats are calmer and more docile. They are more likely to sit quietly with you, and they will still play when you bring out the toys.
Aged Into Their Personality
When you adopt a kitten, you are adopting an adorable little mystery. While this may be intriguing, you never know how their personality will develop. They may grow to be incompatible with your family’s lifestyle. For this reason, many people put their kittens up for adoption after one to two years at home.
When you adopt an older cat, you know what you are getting. Their personalities are fully developed at two years old. You can assess whether they will be good in a home with children or other pets much better than with a kitten. If you’re still not sure, employees at the rescue or shelter can help you with details.
You Are Saving A Life
Any animal rescue helps out, but the sad truth is that kittens are much more likely to be adopted than older cats. Adult cats are euthanized at much higher rates than kittens in shelters. You may literally be an older cat’s last chance at life. They know it, too; ask anybody who has adopted an older cat. Your cat will be so thankful you picked them.
At Claws N Paws, we currently have two adult cats up for adoption: Callie, a beautiful calico Persian; and Stallone, a stunning Siamese. Either (or both) of these cats would be so thankful to be considered as an addition to your home. For more information, call us today at 714-962-1005.