Cats can be a wonderful addition to your home. They are playful and active, but they do appreciate a good cuddle on the couch every now and then. Best of all, no two cats look alike. Each seems to have their own personality and traits.
There are many shelters and sanctuaries that offer these adorable felines for adoption, but you need to consider whether you are looking for a kitten or an adult cat. Little kittens are very active and it can be fun to watch them grow, but there are plenty of reasons to consider adopting an adult cat instead.
1. Adult cats are cleaner than kittens
Kittens can be very curious, but this can get them into all sorts of shenanigans! If a kitten is feeling feisty, she may try to play with the litter in her box or try to dig up dirt from one of your potted plants. Kittens can also be disorderly eaters. Even if you try to put all of her canned food in a nice, clean bowl, your kitten may end up wearing a lot of the food on her face. Adult cats tend to be calmer, and while they can be just as playful at times, they’re more likely to stay housebroken. Adults are also better at grooming themselves, while young kittens rely on their mothers to help keep them clean.
2. Adult cats need less supervision and training
Again, young kittens have a lot to learn about their new surroundings. This could mean that they will squeeze into small, tight spaces where you would have a hard time finding them. Kittens are more likely to play with things they shouldn’t because they don’t know what dangers await. Some owners report that their kittens chew on string, which can cause a life-threatening obstruction in their intestines, or they chew on electrical cords and phone charging cords. When kittens are electrocuted, they begin to have trouble breathing due to the fluid that builds up in their lung tissue.
Adult cats are more aware of the dangers around them and usually try to avoid them. Because they are larger, adult cats are less likely to disappear when hiding. When you adopt an adult cat, he also knows how to use his litter box. If you use something like a self-cleaning litter box, it may take an adult cat some time to adjust to a different type of litter box or litter than they are used to. Very young kittens may need some training before they know how to use any type of litter box properly.
3. Adult cats are fully developed when you adopt them.
Since adult cats are adults, it is impossible to guess what size they will become. Some cats stop growing once they reach 8 or 9 pounds, while other larger cats can reach 13 or 14 pounds! Anyway, cats don’t have as much size variability as dog breeds. Adult cats can be sized for beds, cat trees, and in some cases even harnesses for outdoor leash walks. But for kittens, it’s not uncommon for them to outgrow their toys, beds, and cat trees!
4. Adult cats are less likely to chew or teethe
When kittens are small, they develop a full set of baby teeth. This means that the teeth are not permanent and will start to fall out when a kitten is around ten to twelve weeks old. During this process, which can take several months from start to finish, kittens tend to teethe. This includes toys, furniture or even your hands and feet! Teething usually stops when cats are nine to ten months old and adult cats are far from their teething phase.
5. Adult cats are less mischievous but still playful
All cats can be very playful, but they don’t play the same time as dogs. Most cats are programmed to play for short bursts of energy, then rest and recover for a larger part of the day. Most people think kittens are playful all the time, but adult cats can be too! Since most cats can get bored with the same toy over and over again, you can try changing the type of toy. Start by chasing or moving toys one day, then use a laser pointer or feather toy the next. Even older kittens enjoy watching moving targets, as it also improves their mental health.
6. Adult cats are better with children and other pets
Kittens tend to be more sensitive to quick movements, loud noises, and other animals and people. That’s not to say they don’t enjoy these elements, but anxiety can reflect that as well. Kittens may prefer to explore other parts of the house, but adult cats are more likely to sit on the couch with you and rest. Their calm demeanor makes them easier to work with. However, even adult cats can become stressed around very young children and young puppies. For best results, all cats should be gradually introduced to these household members.
7. When you adopt an adult cat, you save a life!
There are millions of pets in shelters each year that are not adopted. Life inside a small kennel is never fun for a cat. For their physical and mental health, they need plenty of space and environmental enrichment.
Kittens tend to be adopted first because they are small, young and exciting. But when you adopt an adult cat, you make such a difference in the world for that individual, who might otherwise have been overlooked by other adopters. This frees up space for new cats to enter the shelter or rescue. Plus, you make a difference in your life by sharing it with your new feline companion.