An older cat may not be on your adoption list, but we think it should be! Older cats make great companions and in many ways are more suitable pets for most people than kittens. Unfortunately, many adult cats are generally unwanted and skipped over at the shelter. No matter how cute they were as kittens, the novelty eventually fades, and owners surrender their pets for a variety of reasons. This puts adult cats in the precarious situation of being euthanized due to overpopulated shelters. Here are a few reasons why an older cat might be a good fit for you!

What You See is What You Get

Typically when you adopt an older cat, what you see is what you get.  In most cases, you know what kind of cat you’re going home with instead of falling in love with a kitten that turns into an uncontrollable nightmare. Older cats may need some time to adjust to their new homes but they generally remain friendly if they were friendly in the shelter (barring health problems or mistreatment). Additionally, shelter employees can give you as much information as possible about the why the cat was surrendered and any behavioral issues or medical concerns. This will help you plan accordingly and make sure you are prepared before signing the adoption papers.

Low Maintenance

Older cats are more sedate than kittens. They have grown into their ways and still have personality, but may not fill your day with as many antics! Kittens have a lot of energy and usually can’t differentiate valuables from their toys (or scratching posts!).  Fortunately, a friendly, loving, older cat won’t demand as much of your time or supervision as a kitten.  They are just happy to have a new home, good food and human affection. As an added bonus, you most likely wont have to train an adult cat to use a litter box! Older cats also adapt well even if you have a busy household, as they sleep about 15 to 20 hours a day. So they won’t require constant attention!

Years of Companionship

Many people worry about the age of their pet. In truth, cats who are under six years old will typically spend a decade or more with you! You may find that your cat outlasts your other relationships. Many cats live more than 20 years with good genetics and care. Unfortunately, some of the best cats spend months or even years waiting for their forever homes simply because they are no longer kittens.

There will always be people wanting to adopt kittens. When you shop for an adult cat you’ll not only get a potentially great pet, but also a bargain! Many shelters offer discounts on adult cats, to open up space for new animals. With the money you save you can buy a few extra toys to bond with your new cat!

About The Author Giselle Rodriguez

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