Perhaps your family has decided to add another pet to the mix and you’ve decided to head down to the local animal shelter and pick up a new young and healthy kitten. While young families love to have a baby cat in the house, many animal lovers choose an adult cat instead. More importantly, when it comes to finding suitable homes for adult cats, the need is much greater. So if you’re planning on bringing a new cat into the family, here are the top reasons to adopt an older cat rather than a kitten.
1. Older cats are developed socially and physically which usually means you get a much better idea of their temperament and personality. A kitten may become aggressive or antisocial, but you’ll be able to get a good sense of an older cat’s behavior.
2. Adult cats are less likely to chew and scratch your furniture. Kittens teeth and often chew for comfort but they are also keenly attached to evolved behaviors. Cats evolved to scratch to maintain their nails and you’ll have to teach your kittens an appropriate replacement for this behavior.
3. Adult cats are self-sufficient. They clean themselves, toilet themselves, and generally groom themselves with ease. Kittens who do not have the benefit of an adult cat to teach them grooming techniques, can often be a bit messy. As the kitten owner, it will be your responsibility to groom her.
4. Adult cats make better companions for children. Kittens can be rambunctious and even a little aggressive and they often bite or scratch children, even in defense sometimes. However, adult cats are usually more familiar with children and better equipped to deal with them.
5. Adult cats need a home. Indeed, this may be an adult cat’s last chance for adoption before being euthanized. Adult cats still have a lot of love to give and can make great pets if you give them a chance!