5 Benefits of Adopting an Older Cat
Whether you’re adopting a cat for the first time or adding a new kitty to your existing family, one of the first questions you’re probably asking yourself is, “Should I adopt a kitten or an adult cat?” In this blog, we’re going to focus on the perks of adopting an older cat – and probably share a few considerations you hadn’t thought of yet!
You Can See Their Personality
Whether you visit kitties at a shelter or read the description their fosters post online, you can get a strong sense of their personality before you adopt them. Are they outgoing and cuddly? Are they the independent type? Do they interact with other pets and kids okay? With a kitten, a personality hasn’t emerged yet. But with an adult cat, you can see who they are on day one and decide if your home is the best fit for their unique personality!
They Know the Rules
One of the most common benefits we hear about cat ownership is that, compared to many other pets, cats are an easy addition to any home. They still require a financial investment (food, toys, veterinary bills, home visits when you’re away, etc.) as well as your time, love, and affection, but an adult cat is unlikely to cause damage to your home or disrupt your schedule. Most cats surrendered to shelters or foster care are there through no fault of their own; their previous owners divorced, developed an allergy, moved somewhere that doesn’t allow pets, etc. In those cases, adult cats know the rules of living in a house!
Older Cats Are Better with Kids
Kids love kittens – but don’t we all? They are so cute! But kittens are “kids” themselves and, because they are smaller, weaker, and less likely to know how to keep themselves safe, kittens have to be closely monitored around children. Adult cats, however, know how to fend for themselves and will remove themselves from tricky situations. And in many cases, you may be adopting a cat who has experience with children, so they’ll understand how to engage with the tiny humans. Children still need to be supervised when interacting with any animal, but there is less to worry about with a more experienced feline!
They Appreciate You
If you’ve ever had a cat, you undoubtedly experienced how intensely loyal they can be and the extent to which they love you! And while that bond can form with any cat, an adult cat who has experienced hardships – living in the wild, being abandoned, or even just living in a home where they were ignored – will understand and appreciate like no other creature your decision to adopt them. They know when you’re having a bad day, they can sense when you’re happy, and their past experiences help an adult cat fully understand and appreciate when a good person adopts them.
The ASPCA reported approximately 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters every year, so no matter what traits you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect cat through your local shelter or rescue organization. Shelters and rescue groups are pros at matching personalities, so we encourage you to tell them about your home and your family and let them help you find the perfect match!
Tell us about your cat in the comments! We love to hear how kitties make your life better.