Adopting an adult cat or a kitten?  Advantages and disadvantages

Adopting An Adult Cat Or A Kitten? Advantages And Disadvantages

You have decided to take the plunge and get a cat, but one question still remains: am I going to adopt an adult cat or rather a kitten? It is true that one or the other has its advantages and disadvantages.

Falling For A Kitten: Advantages And Limits

If we had fun asking owners the first reason that pushes them to adopt a kitten, many people would answer: their cute and adorable appearance. Difficult to remain insensitive in front of these balls of fur which are just waiting to be pampered. Beyond the purely physical aspect, if you have other pets in the house, it will be easier to accept a kitten rather than an adult cat. And if you want to have a cat and a dog at the same time, it is advisable to adopt them when they are still young. This will avoid problems of disagreement between them. In addition, education is much simpler in kittens than in adult cats. The feline will grow by your side, which helps to forge very strong bonds between you.

But by adopting this little ball of fur, don’t expect your life to be a long calm river. On the contrary, get ready to suffer the damage caused by your new tenant. Very playful, he will explore his territory, climb everywhere, touch everything… In short, he risks turning your house upside down. As he is very fragile, he also needs constant supervision, especially from the point of view of his health. You might as well prepare now for a large budget for sterilization, vaccines, identification and deworming.

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Adopting An Adult Cat: What You Need To Know

The advantage of taking an adult cat is that there are no unpleasant surprises concerning its character. Indeed, his preferences and habits are already well identified. You are also aware of his possible illnesses which helps you to anticipate the veterinary care he needs. An adult cat is also much more sociable.

On the other hand, he also needs attention and follow-up, just like a kitten. You never know because he may have had a traumatic experience in the past, which shaped his character. Moreover, his past plays a huge role in his behavior. He can be fearful, aggressive, independent or even sticky. Be that as it may, with an already old twink, there will be fewer nonsense because as an adult, a feline knows better how to control himself and channel his energy. He has also acquired all the necessary hygiene gestures and you will no longer have to educate him on this point. This is already a valuable time saver.

Adopting an adult cat allows, moreover, to repair a kind of injustice. If he lived at the SPA or in a shelter, he certainly did not know only happy days. You allow him to benefit from a new home and enjoy the love and attention of a family. It will become a wonderful companion that will make you happy.

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