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Adult Cats are Fun Too - Adopt An Older Cat
by: Kate Tilmouth
You’ve finally made the decision to
adopt a cat, you’ve dreamt about it
for quite some time. Visualizing
your cute new little kitten playing
around the floor and looking up at
you with those big baby blues.
What could possibly go wrong,
after all it’s only a tiny kitten. But
have your really thought about how
much time, effort and trouble a
kitten really is. A kitten is packed
full of energy and curiosity and will
cry for attention, scratch the
furniture, bite and urinate everywhere until it is litter box trained, and will run
around the house getting into all sorts of scrapes and trouble. And it’s up to you
to look after them 24/7. If you’ve got the time and dedication to look after a
kitten, great, but if not, why not think about adopting an adult cat.
A lot of potential adopters seem to think of an adult cat as second best, as if
they are defective or worn out like a second hand car. That’s just not the case.
Most adult cats have found themselves in animal shelters from no fault of their
own. They may have out lived their owner, their owners may have moved to
somewhere that doesn’t allow pets, become lost or someone in the family may
have become allergic to them. The reasons are far to numerous to list them all.
The cats themselves are perfectly healthy animals, bristling with fun and energy
and simply looking for a caring loving home.
Adopting an adult cat has many advantages. Remember an older cat has
already developed its personality. So you will know what kind of pet they will be
and whether or not they will suit your family. Many people go for the cute little
kitten; only to find out that they grow
into a very shy and non-playful cat
that likes to spend all it’s time away
from the family. That’s fine if that’s
what you want, but too many people
decide that this is not for them and
returns the cat to the shelter.
Rejection is a very harsh punishment
for the cat just because you didn’t
take the time to think about what sort
of cat would be the right pet for your
An older cat will also be less demanding of your time than a kitten and will
require less supervision, well after the first few weeks anyway. They will be able
to spend time alone when you are out of the house without getting into too
much trouble and hopefully will already be litter trained.
There are also many benefits for older owners in adopting an adult cat. Adult
cats are much calmer and more likely to want to spend some quiet time sitting
on your lap for strokes and purring. Studies have shown that cats can have a
real health benefit for humans in reducing their stress levels and blood
pressure. I can’t image an energetic curious kitten being as good for your stress
Many worry about health problems and vet bills for the older cat. Usually when
you are adopting a cat from an animal shelter they will be able to let you know if
the cat has any underlining medical conditions and what it is likely to cost.
Many will even provide you with free medical treatment for your cat if they over
10 years old as an incentive for more of the older cats to be re-homed.
Cats can live well into their late teens and even early twenties with all the
advances in food nutrition and medical treatments. So that 12 year old cat
waiting in the animal shelter for a good home is still a good bet and will still be
able to provide you with many years of fun and love. Our own cat is now 14
years old and still behaves like a playful youngster and keeps us entertained for
It can be a very rewarding experience to adopt an older cat, not only because
of the pleasure they will give you over the years but also in the knowledge that
you have provided a loving home for what was probably a very frightened and
confused cat, who had no idea why he had lost his family.
About The Author
You will find more cat health and cat care advice on Kate’s website
http://www.our-happy-cat.com A feline friendly community full of advice and fun to make sure you have a
happy cat and a happy you.
Copyright 2007 Kate Tilmouth
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