So you’re really thinking about getting your first cat, but you are wondering if you should get a kitten or an adult cat instead. Here’s some helps for you in making that decision.
Adult Cat Vs. Kitten
Many people who decide to adopt a new feline for their family think they should start with a “clean slate” by choosing a kitten. Many people like the idea of watching their pet grow. What most people don’t realize, however, is that caring for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby, while adult cats are much more independent, and will be ever-so-happy to find a new home.
- Older cats (other than ferals) are usually trained to a litter box.
- Kittens are rambunctious and lively. Your household will never again be peaceful with a crazy kitten running around.
If “serenity” is your lifestyle. Kittens need a playful buddy, somebody to wrestle with, to bite and scratch, somebody to chase from one end of the room to the other, somebody to curl up with for a nap.
- Grown cats may already have been neutered and had its “shots” hence is generally much calmer and less likely to get into trouble. And, because an adult cat is fully developed, you know what you’re getting in terms of size, appearance and personality. For example, you can tell whether or not it is the type to sit on your lap. Depending on your own age and lifestyle, you may be happier with an adult cat in your family. If you have a quiet lifestyle, work outside the home, or have children under the age of six, give serious thought to adopting an adult cat or two.
- Young kittens need almost constant supervision. You must kitten-proof your home from common household dangers – electrical and computer cords, knickknacks, household cleaners, drawers, window screens, toilet bowls, your feet, and other pets can place a kitten’s safety at risk.
Apart from above, there are many other factors that can help you decide such as :
Your Own Age
If you are 65 or older, it is always possible that you will not outlive your cat, so an older cat would be an excellent choice. Senior citizens are often unprepared for a kitten’s energy level and would actually get more enjoyment from the company of a calm adult or senior cat. You might even want to adopt a “disabled” cat, which we now refer to as “special needs cats,” one that is blind, deaf, an amputee, or otherwise “disabled.” These cats make wonderful companions and compensate for their “disabilities” with a wealth of love and devotion for their human savior.
If you are younger with school-age children, avoid small kittens such as 2 or 3 months old. As young children move quickly and like to hug pets and can accidentally hurt a small kitten, which might bite or scratch if it’s frightened. It’s preferred that a cat which is one or two years old would be a great choice, so they can grow up and is more likely to tolerate children as well as less likely to be injured.