Louth SPCA

Should I adopt a cat or a kitten?

Everyone wants a kitten, and yes, kittens are cute. But, lots of beautiful adult cats need homes too. If you truly want to save a life, please don’t forget “Yesterday’s Kittens” when making your selection of a new pet.

Please consider the following:

  • A kitten is only a kitten for a very short period of time.
  • Adult cats don’t require constant supervision – kittens do.
  • Kittens can be destructive: Toppling plants, chewing wires, climbing your curtains, and climbing your legs.
  • Adult cats have developed a strong immune system. A kitten’s immune system is fragile and its health can never be predicted.
  • The younger the kitten, the less reliable the Feline Leukemia/FIV test is.
  • Adults only need booster shots once every year or two. Kittens require a much larger financial commitment in their first year.
  • Adults will already be neutered, and many times are already declawed.
  • Do not assume a kitten will live longer than an adult. There is no way to predict the life span of a cat. The kitten you choose may only live 12 years. The 5 yr. old adult you choose may live another 15 or more years.
  • You cannot “mold a kitten’s personality”. Each cat’s personality is unique. Adult cats’ personalities are developed, so “what you see is what you get”.
  • Adult cats are more settled, often more affectionate and want more lap time.
  • Adult cats have LOTS of love to give!
  • Adopting an adult cat is a great way to teach your children compassion and unselfishness.
  • There is nothing more satisfying than the grateful purr of a content, mature cat who knows he’s loved and will never be abandoned again.