If you're thinking about adding a cat to your family, please consider adopting a senior kitty. Here are just a few reasons adopting a senior cat is a great idea.
1.. You Know What You're Going to Get: Kittens are so adorable, but you really don't know what they will be like when they grow up. A kitten's personality hasn't had time to develop yet. Older kitties have developed personalities, so you can be confident that what you see is what you'll get.
For instance, I know that because Inga loves to be held and sit in laps at the shelter, she'll most likely love attention and lap time when someone takes her home.
Additionally, an adult cat is full-grown. You'll know just how big your kitty will ever be and what he looks like.
2. They're Easier to Train: A senior cat will already know how to use her litter box. However, if you'd like to explore clicker training with your cat, a senior has a longer attention span and better impulse control than a kitten, making her easier to train, according to Petfinder.
3. Seniors Understand Basic Household Rules: Most senior kitties already understand basic household rules like scratching on a post instead of your furniture, using his litter box, and not biting your toes at night (Carmine did this all the time when he was a kitten!).
That doesn't mean a senior doesn't have energy, though! Many of the older cats I know really enjoy playing with wand toys or catnip mice.
5. Older Cats are Better for Children: Kids can be rough with kittens and cats. They may mean no harm, but kittens are much more likely to get hurt than senior cats are. A senior may also be more tolerant of children.
6. They Don't "Litter" as Much as Kittens: As a kitten, Carmine loved to sleep in his litter box. At the time, I didn't know a lot about cats, so I thought this behavior was rather odd. It turns out, many kittens love to hang out in, sleep in, and play in their litter boxes. Some kittens even enjoy a fun little game called "poo hockey" where they remove a solid piece of waste from the box and bat it around the floor until it inevitably gets lose under a piece of furniture. Most older cats only go to the bathroom in their litter boxes and don't enjoy playing poo hockey.
8. They Make Great Companions for Adult Cats: If you already have an adult cat in your home, adopting another older cat may be better than adopting a kitten. Adult cats can become annoyed and stressed out by kitten antics.
9. They Tend to Get Passed Over: Unfortunately, many senior cats get passed over at shelters and rescues. Many older cats wind up at the shelter when their owners are not able to care for them anymore, move into assisted living or a nursing home, or have passed away. I believe that senior kitties understand the gift you're giving them when you adopt them from a shelter. Senior kitties are at high risk of being euthanized at kill shelters, so when you adopt an older cat, you truly are saving a life.
Have you ever adopted a senior cat?