Kitten or Cat – Which is right for you?
There is no doubt that young kittens are adorable, but is a young kitten or an adult cat a better choice for your family? Here are some things to consider in that decision.
- Must have plenty of time
- Kittens need attention & socialization
- Must have higher pet budget
- Along with adoption fees, kittens need to be dewormed, vaccinated, and licensed
- Be ready for any type of personality
- Cats don’t really come out with a true personality till they hit adulthood. How they’re treated in kittenhood affects their personality.
- Can adjust better to all kinds of households
- Just like children, they’re a little more elastic
- Must understand it may or may not get along with any pre-existing animals
- Some adult cats are less social, and harder to socialize with any pre-existing pets and/or kids
- You already know it’s personality
- You can pick a cat based on the kind of personality you want to have in your home
- Typically calmer
- Much less energy than a kitten
- If it’s been with a foster family, they can tell you about any habits it has
- Whether it scratches furniture, likes to go outside, what it likes to eat…
- Adoption fees are less expensive – sometimes free!
- Most shelters along with the Humane Society have cheaper adoption fees for adult and senior cats
- You are providing a home to a cat that may not have found a home otherwise