Ten Reasons to Adopt an Adult Cat Instead of a Kitten, Part 1

Part 1 (Reasons 1 through 5)

A (somewhat) Tongue-in-cheek Argument in Favor of Older Felines
By Kevin Davis (February 2002)

So today is the big day. You're on your way to the local animal shelter to adopt a new kitten. Congratulations! It's a big responsibility, but you should be happy to know that the Powers of the Universe are about to stamp your soul with a golden star that will insure your entry into heaven, or at least guarantee that you won't be reborn as a rat.

You've probably given some thought to what kind of kitten you want: Tuxedo or Calico, male or female, large breed or small. But have you considered adopting an adult cat? You may find that there are many adult cats waiting for homes than kittens. Take a minute to think about it. You may be glad you did.

Here are ten reasons why you should adopt an adult cat, instead of a kitten

  1. What you see is what you get.
    When you adopt an adult cat, you know what you are getting. Sure, kittens are cute, but you never know what the future holds. An adorable kitten could grow up to be a really ugly puss. This is a big risk. Go for the sure thing. Take a sweet-faced old Tabby.
  2. High mileage cats still run great.
    Used cats aren't like used cars. They aren't at a shelter because they are defective or worn out. They may have simply outlived their former owners or been unable to join them at a hospital, nursing home, or new apartment. Some cats get lost and end up at a shelter. And many are brought to a shelter after a family member develops allergies, or an aversion to the family cat. (In those cases, it is the previous owner that is defective, not the cat).
  3. Peyshoe, a gorgeous 7 year old
  4. Adult cats aren't as "chewsy."
    Kittens are like human children: everything goes in their mouths. Whether teething or just exploring bits of the world around them, kittens can be very destructive little bundles of fur. Kittens chew on shoes, the corners of books, ear lobes, carpet tassels, electrical cords, drapery strings, plants, and much, much more. Adult cats typically chew less, if at all. They tend to save their energy for more important activities, like tormenting the neighbor's Terrier.
  5. Kittens stumble in blindly, where adult cats fear to tread.
    Two well known clichés about cats are: "curiosity killed the cat" and "cats have nine lives." And curiosity usually leads to the loss of about 8 of a kitten's lives in its first year. Kittens tend to get into much more trouble resulting in accidents and injuries (see, for example, the reference to "chewing electrical cords" above). Kittens eat things they shouldn't, fall from high places, unsuccessfully attempt to make friends with the neighbor's tormented Terrier, and generally worry you half to death.
  6. Kittens are lacking when it comes to licking.
    Few kittens have mastered the fine art of self-grooming. While adult cats may spend up to half their waking hours licking fur, kittens are just too busy enjoying life to clean themselves properly. When you consider that kittens are really just dust-mops with legs, and that they generally display marginal litter box etiquette, you might want to master the somewhat dangerous art of cat-bathing.

Continue onto Part 2 (Reasons 6 through 10)


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