So you have decided to bring a new cat into the family but can’t decide on an adult or a kitten? There are pros and cons with either choice you make, hopefully, this article will help you in making a decision.
Your own lifestyle should factor into your choice to adopt a cat or kitten also. Generally, an older couple may be more inclined to want an adult cat, where a family with youngish children would prefer a kitten. Are you out for long periods of time? An older cat is more able to entertain itself while you are out (usually by sleeping), whereas a kitten needs much more attention and supervision.
- Adult cats are harder to find homes for than kittens, so you are giving one a second chance.
- Adult cats are considerably calmer than a kitten.
- Obviously, adult cats are past the kitten stage of chewing things they shouldn’t chew on.
- Most adult cats are already litter trained.
- Adult cats are better with very young children (ie; toddler age) as they are less fragile and not as likely to be injured by a well-meaning but overzealous child.
- Adults are less likely to get into mischief such as into jumping into kitchen cupboards, chewing plants, climbing the curtains etc.
- You know exactly what you’re getting with an adult. Their personality is fully formed, you can see if they’re friendly, shy, quiet etc. You can see their adult body shape and size.
- Adult cats are cheaper to purchase than kittens.
- Kittens are cute.
- Kittens adjust to a new home more easily.
- Kittens haven’t had a chance to develop bad habits (such as spraying).
- Kittens are easier to introduce to current household cats as they are seen as less of a threat.
- Kittens can be destructive.
- Kittens are only kittens for a short period of time anyway.
If you are on the look out for a new pet for the family, do consider an older cat. They are often overlooked and they are just as wonderful as kittens. I have adopted older cats (6+ years) and found them to be especially easy. You get all the benefits of having a cat such as companionship, without the craziness of a kitten. I find they are less inclined to want to race out the door and hunt, being much more content to just lie in front of the window and sleep in the sun. So give it some thought.
What about adopting a special needs cat? They are even harder to find homes for. Most special needs cats are perfectly able to adapt to a new home due to their heightened senses. Of course, you will have to make some accommodations for them, but you will be giving a wonderful cat a second chance.