Why adopt an adult cat vs. a kitten?
1) When adopting an adult cat "what you see is what you get". Adult cats have already developed their personalities, shelters often know whether or not a cat should do well in a household with young children and/or other pets, and chronic health issues may already be identified. Kittens still need time to grow and develop their personality and can come with a bounty of uncertainty. Cuba wants you to come in to the shelter and check out his laid back, chill personality. He loves being able to sit back and observe the other cats at the shelter as they play, occasionally joining in on the fun himself.
2) Some families may be concerned about having less time to spend with their pet, worried about the older cats ability to bond with their new families at an older age. However, adult cats, when cared for and routine health care visits, can live up to age 15-20 years old! Way of Cats Blog's article "Bonding Differences: Cat vs. Kitten" comments that cats can and will bond with their owner at any age. Emmett says, even though he's 7 years old, he still has a ton of life and love left in him and hopes to be able to spend it with a loving forever home!
3) While many adult cats can be very relaxed and laid back, they can still be a ton of fun! They can be just as playful as a kitten, however they don't have the hyperactivity and unpredictable actions of a kitten. They have had time to learn how to play with their owners in a way that is appropriate and fun, cutting down on many of the common behavior problems.
Over the years, Emmett and Cuba have settled into the shelter and its routines, however they are still hoping to find their forever homes. Our hope at the shelter is that they, and the other cats at the shelter, can find their forever families soon so they can spend the rest of their lives in a loving home with a warm and caring family. It is heartbreaking to watch a pet grow old at a shelter, without a family to call their own.
So the next time you come to the shelter remember to keep your mind and your heart open to the option of adopting an older cat, and keep these top 10 reasons in mind!