Adult cats are the most looked over pets in shelters, but did you know they can actually make the best pets? Many adult cats spend the rest of their lives in a shelter, meanwhile kittens are the first to be adopted. Before adopting a kitten, pause to consider if a kitten is the right choice for you, because maybe an adult is the better fit. Here are 9 reasons why adult cats make great pets.
1. What you see is what you get
What does that mean? Well, kittens are like babies, they are still learning and haven't grown into their personality quite yet. Adult cats on the other hand are fully developed and have their personalities laid out on the table for you to see.
2. An older cat doesn't mean a defective cat
People may assume that the older cat is in the shelter because something was wrong with him/her and that they are damaged goods. There are many explanations on why that adult kitty is in a shelter. The cat may of been a stray or may of out lived their owner and had no where to go. They could of been lost and there was no microchip to locate an owner. Unfortunately for the cat, some owners just didn't want the cat anymore, either because they were moving or the family develops allergies. Whatever the reason may be, it's usually no fault by the cat.
3. They don't chew as much
Kittens again are like babies or puppies, they want to put everything in their mouth. Adult kitties have usually out grown that habit and won't need to be trained to not chew.
4. Adult cats have finessed their fine motor skills
Kittens can be a bit clumsy and will need to be watched more to make sure they don't get hurt. Adults have had lots of practice and know how to do things safely.
5. Adults have mastered the art of grooming.
Adult cats know how to keep their fur and potty areas clean and pristine. Kittens on the other hand may need some help and practice.
6. Calmer energies
Kittens tend to have A LOT of energy and may be to hyper for those that live a quiet life. Adult aren't as hyper and are usually calmer. However, that doesn't mean that some adults won't play and get hyper, they just aren't as GO GO GO as kittens are.
7. Adults have more patience with children
Kittens sometimes don't mix well with children because they are more fragile. Certain adults on the other may have more patience and will be good with children.
8. Litter happy
Kittens can be clumsy in the litter box and might need time to be more graceful. Adults are usually pretty cleanly about going and tend to keep their litter in the box.
9. The last to go
Kittens will always get adopted, adult kitties on the other hand are not so lucky. You may be the last chance for this kitty to live the rest of his life happily and comfortably. Not all shelters are no-kill and wonderful like Cat Corner unfortunately, so their lives really do depend on adopters.
Adult cats are just as great as kittens and may even fit your life style and personality more. Consider adopting an adult, you won't regret it. Below are photos of some of our adoptable adult kitties. See one or two that you love? Visit our main page to read more about them!