There’s no doubt that kittens are cute and adorable. But, never underestimate the love and joy an older cat will bring to your life.
Having rehomed many older cats over the years, we have seen first-hand how rewarding and successful the adoptions have been for the families, and for the cats themselves.
The older cats in our care have come from a range of different backgrounds; their aged owner has gone into care, they have been left behind when their owners moved (yes, that happens), or they have been seized due to neglect. Each cat then spends time in foster care where their personalities and temperament are evaluated. They are also vet checked, vaccinated, desexed and microchipped.
The main benefits of adopting an older cat over a kitten are:
- Lower energy levels. Less destructive.
Older cats tend to be more relaxed and less active than kittens. But this doesn’t mean they are not playful, because most are. It just means that they are less likely to get under your feet, climb your legs while you’re cooking dinner, or get into kitten mischief while your back is turned.
- Established Personalities
Whilst you can get an idea of a kitten’s personality, you can be sure of an older cat’s personality. This makes it easier to get an idea about how the cat will fit into your family, household or lifestyle, what their needs are, and how they will express themselves. If there are any special needs, we’ll know about them and can share this with you upfront.
- They love your company, but are also Ok with their own…
Most older cats are fine to spend time on their own while you’re at work or out for the evening. They will happily fill in their time lounging on a sofa, sunning themselves beside a window, or napping on a comfy bed. But just because they didn’t ‘miss you’ it doesn’t mean they won’t be happy to hear you come home. As their human, you are their comfort, company, and food source – they will always be full of appreciation (and more so for those who have experienced hardship before arriving in your care).