Kitten season is upon us, and lots of folks are flocking to shelters to adopt the furry little ones. But there are large numbers of adult cats in need of loving families, too. Below are some reasons why you should think about providing a grownup kitty with a fur-ever home.
1.) Older Cats are Set in Their Ways
While young kittens require training and lots of patience, adult cats usually come equipped with a fixed set of life skills, such as how to use a litter box. They also tend to be less rambunctious (and annoying) than the youngsters. They are less likely to jump on your head and attack your feet at 4 a.m.
Moreover, you don’t really know what kind of a personality a young kitten will develop when he or she grows up. With older cats, what you see is what you get. So you can more readily determine if you and the kitty are simpatico.
2.) They are Fully Grown
When you adopt a kitten, you have no idea how big he or she will be when they grow up. I once adopted an 8-week-old kitty named Daisy, who could fit in the palm of my hand when she was a tyke. But by the time she was 2, she weighed in at a whopping 18 pounds. She was like a lady wrestler!
Thus, you instantly know what size litter box, bed and other accommodations a mature kitty will require, and whether you can handle them with ease.
3.) Grownup Cats are Less Destructive and More Obedient
Because they are no longer teething, mature kitties are far less likely to chew on objects such as shoes or electrical wires. They also are less inclined to scamper up curtains or edges of tablecloths, or your leg, with their claws. Ouch!
Unlike their younger counterparts, older cats are more likely to listen and obey when you tell them to cease doing something, whereas kittens don’t yet comprehend the meaning of the word, “No!” And they are more inclined to just chill out if you leave them alone for periods of time. You won’t have to worry about coming home from work to a living room that looks like it was hit by a furry tornado.
4.) Adult Cats are More Mellow
When you come home from a long, tiring day at work, a mature kitty will be more likely to just quietly curl up next to you, as opposed to exhausting you even more by wanting to play.
And while families with young children may be inclined to adopt a kitten, because they perceive them as being more fun (and cute), a grownup cat is actually a better choice − especially for first-time cat owners. While a rammy kitten will more often than not play very rough, putting young kids at risk of being bitten or scratched, older cats tend to be less excitable and have more patience with children.
Older cats are also less likely to put themselves in harm’s way by constantly getting underfoot, getting into everything in sight and exhibiting excessive curiosity about every and anything.
5.) Mature Kitties are Grateful
Many older cats wind up in shelters through no fault of their own, due to unfortunate life circumstances. They may have had a previous owner who was elderly and died, or their owners fell on hard financial times and could no longer afford to keep them.
Regardless of the reasons, grownup cats have a much more difficult time finding fur-ever homes, unlike their young counterparts. For many of them, you are their last chance at having the loving home they so deserve. So you can rest assured that adult cats are more inclined to be very appreciative of getting another chance at life, and you will have done a tremendous service to the cat world by adopting one.