So You’re Ready for a Kitty Friend?

Once you’ve made the decision to take a kitty into your home, the next question you may consider is what age cat or kitten is right for you. Factors you want to include are your lifestyle, preferences, and what you expect from a feline companion. Cats of different ages have unique characteristics and care requirements.

Kittens (0-6 months):

Kittens are adorable and playful, providing endless entertainment. You will be the one who trains and socializes them. However, be aware that young kittens require a lot of supervision. They are apt to climb your curtains and engage in other destructive behavior. You know, like toddlers. Kitten years are also full of frequent vet visits to establish vaccinations and have your baby spayed or neutered. It is often recommended you get a pair, so they can help keep each other entertained and free up your time.

Adolescents (7 months to 2 years):

These are still playful, but not as off the walls as kittens. They have matured and may be adaptable to different living situations. They may still put on some mischievous behaviors if they don’t get enough exercise and mental stimulation.

Adults (3-6 years):

By now, cats’ personalities and habits are well-established. They are often litter trained and past the ‘destructive’ phase, and don’t require as much structure in playtime. However, adopting an adult cat may mean taking on a new friend with pre-existing health issues or unknown history. Also, if they don’t grow up with you, it may take some time to adjust to a new environment or other pets in the home.

Senior Cats (7+ years):

They are usually house trained, less active and require less exercise. For obvious reasons, they are often overlooked at shelters, so you can provide a loving home to an older cat in need. It may also be a shorter time commitment—taking on a kitten may be a 15-year commitment or more. Senior cats tend to sleep more, and be less playful, as well as having age-related health issues.

Consider your energy level, the amount of time you can dedicate to pet care, and your experience with cats when making your decision. Adopting a cat from a shelter or rescue organization is a great way to provide a loving home to a cat of any age, so check them out and meet as many candidates as possible. When you meet the right one, no matter what age they are, you’ll know.

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