Choosing A Cat Or Kitten: Which Is Better For You
Planning to adopt a new feline friend? Congratulations! You will add a loving member to your family. Plus, your cat can enrich your life in countless ways! Bringing a new cat home is an exciting experience. At the same time, pet ownership is also a big decision. There are few questions to ask yourself before adopting a cat. First and foremost, should you adopt a kitten or an adult cat? Many people seem to choose kittens over adult or senior cats as they believe the little fluffballs make the perfect pet. But is it true that kittens are better choice? Well, it depends on your circumstances. Here are some tips to read about before choosing a kitten or an adult cat.
The Pros And Cons Of Adopting A Kitten
Kitten are one of the cutest things in the world. Many pet lovers like the idea of watching their cats grow – this is why they choose a kitten. You get to watch your kitty-cat mature from a kitten into an adult. And you will know everything about your kitten as you are the one who have witnessed her growth.
Plus, It’s much easier to shape a cat’s personality while she’s growing. Kittens learn more easily and quickly than adult cats too. Hence, kittenhood is the best time to teach a cat to socialize and learn tricks. The more your cat is exposed to at a young age, the less will shock or surprise her as she gets older.
However, you need to put more effort into training your kitten such as litter-training. Note that your kitten is a ball of energy. She will get lonely if left at home alone all day. She needs almost constant supervision too. She requires a lot of attention, playing, training and more – so be sure you are ready to devote most of your off work time to your kitten. And don’t forget to kitten-proof your home from common household dangers, too.
At the same time, adopting a kitten isn’t always a best idea for a family with young children. Children tend to move quickly and like to hug pets. They may not understand the concept of “be gentle with kittens”. As such, they can accidentally hurt a kitten, which might bite or scratch if she’s frightened.
The Pros And Cons Of Adopting An Adult Cat Or Senior Cat
On the other hand, adult cats are less energetic than kittens and they require less training. An adult cat, in general, is much calmer and less likely to get into trouble. Since adult cats are fully developed, you know what you are getting in terms of appearance, size and personality. They are more likely to tolerate children and less likely to be injured – a better choice for a family with children.
Most people are more likely to adopt kittens, so the chances of adult cats for adoption decrease with age. Considering that adult cats have little chances of being adopted compared to young kittens, you would be doing a really good deed to give a cat the chance to have a better, happy life and a loving home.
On the downside, some adult cats may already have some bad habits or behaviour problems.