There are a lot of things to consider when you’re thinking about adopting a cat – money, space in your home, time, and the list goes on. One important thing to think about is the age of the cat you’d like to adopt. Kittens, adult cats and senior cats are all different and require different considerations.
ADOPTING A KITTEN
Adopting a kitten is exciting. It’s also a good amount of work, because kittens tend to have a lot of energy. They require training, supervision and attention. Consider your lifestyle and your personality—will you be able to give a growing kitten what it needs? If you choose to adopt a kitten, our Healthy Kitten formula can get you and your cat on the right track with nutrition.
ADOPTING AN ADULT CAT
Adult cats are a happy medium: they probably have a lot of healthy years ahead of them, and they are over the time-consuming kitten stage. When you adopt an adult cat, it’s likely that the shelter employees will have a good feel for the cat’s temperament. They may also have some insight into the cat’s history, like if he or she has lived with other pets or children. Each detail can be helpful in projecting how the cat would fit into your life and home. Our variety of wet and dry cat food formulas will help you give your adult cat complete and balanced nutrition.
ADOPTING A SENIOR CAT
People who adopt senior cats find a lot of joy in their new pets – they’re mature, independent, and often familiar with people. They’re most likely litter box-trained, and they certainly have their own developed personalities. Senior cats can have energy like younger cats, especially if you provide them with the right nutrition. Unfortunately, the reality is that shelters have a hard time finding homes for senior cats. By adopting one, you’ll be helping to solve a big problem.
IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER PET IN THE HOUSE
Before you make a decision on which cat to adopt, you can get a feel for whether they’re going to be a good fit for your home. Kittens typically love having another pet to play with, so introducing one to your pets should not be too difficult. In the case of a new adult or senior cat, shelter employees may be able to give you clues about their temperament and the likelihood of them getting along with your pet or other family members at home.