5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Cat Posted on Friday, 8 January 2016
Most people are attracted to young kittens, but please also give an older cat a chance. Here are five reasons adopting an older cat is wonderful. Don’t forget, most cats don’t like to live alone, so please consider adopting a pair.
1. What you see is what you get.
When you adopt an adult cat, you know what you are getting. You already know his/her personality and there won’t be any surprises.
2. High mileage cats still run great.
Used cats aren’t like used cars. They aren’t at a shelter because they are defective or worn out. They may have simply been abandoned. In those cases, it is the previous owner that is defective, not the cat.
3. Einstein knew the truth about cats.
The genius scientist Albert Einstein discovered an important relationship between mass and energy. He described it using the mathematical equation E=(MC)2. This equation means that your Energy level (E), is proportional to the Mass (M) of your Cat (C), twice over. The equation basically shows that if you adopt a cat with more Mass, like an adult cat, your Energy level will be much higher. This is true because adult cats sleep more, play less and require less supervision. With an adult cat, you will sleep better, relax more, make fewer claims on your homeowner’s policy, and enjoy more Energy. There you have it. Are you going to argue with Albert Einstein?
4. Adult cats are better with children.
Children can be rough on both cats and kittens, even when they mean no real harm. When you tell a child that “cats always land on their feet,” the first thing the child will do is drop one from your rooftop to see if it’s true. Adult cats are better equipped to deal with kids. They can generally escape from them, hide, and then contemplate revenge by moonlight.
5. It might be their last chance.
Many adult cats end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Separated from their loved ones, surrounded by other strange cats, confined, confused, and sometimes frightened, many are emotionally devastated by their misfortune. Sadly for adult cats, they sit by and watch as most people gravitate toward the adorable, bouncy, big-eyed kittens. Kittens will always be popular, and most have no trouble attracting admirers. But for the abandoned, forgotten, and heartbroken adult cats, you just might be their last chance to have the love and warmth of a home where they can live out their years in comfort.
Please consider adopting an older cat. When cared for properly, cats can live well into their late teens, and some times early twenties. Typically, they will remain active and playful throughout most of their lives. Some may need a little extra patience while adjusting to a new home, but once they feel safe and secure again, most will give you years of faithful companionship and unconditional love.
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