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Older Cats
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The great debate. Should I adopt a kitten or an adult cat?
Kittens Adult cats
Kittens love to play at 3:00 a.m. it’s often the perfect time to run the Monaco Grand Prix, scale the Eiger & jump all the Grand National fences. Also, human feet under bed clothes are just the best fun!!

Older cats enjoy a good night’s sleep by their human’s side & are still willing to play with you at times.

Kittens are still developing their personalities. Who knows, at such an early age, if you have given a home to Posh, Baby, Sporty, Ginger or even Scary Spice. All cats are different and it is not only environment that will decide the personality of your cat. Each cat’s personality is unique and by adopting an older cat you know what personality you are adopting.
A kitten is only a kitten for a short time period. Kittens may mature into a totally different looking adult from the cute kitten they were. Older cats have grown into the size and shape that they are going to be. No surprises.
Kittens are adorable, but hard work, requiring a lot of time and patience for at least a year. Caring for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby. Young kittens need almost constant supervision. You have to safeguard their health - electrical cords, knickknacks, household cleaners, drawers and other pets can place a kitten's safety at risk. Older cats are very appreciative that you have given them a home and will love you for that. An adult cat is usually much calmer and less likely to get into trouble.
Kittens require more medical care & vaccinations as they are still developing their immune systems. Older cats have developed a good immune system.

Kittens require neutering, once they reach an appropriate age.

All our older cats are neutered.


People who should consider adopting an older cat:-

Elderly Senior citizens are often unprepared for a kitten's energy level, most experts recommend a calm adult or older cat
Full time workers If you plan to leave a kitten home alone while you're working, it may become lonely and destructive. It may never develop into the friendly cat that most people desire. Very busy people should consider adopting two cats to keep each other company.
Parents with children under seven Young children move quickly and like to hug pets. Kids can accidentally hurt a small kitten, who might bite or scratch if it's scared. An adult cat, on the other hand, is more likely to tolerate children and less likely to be injured. Kittens raised by young children often become skittish and less affectionate. To be sure that you're bringing home a good-natured, outgoing, friendly cat to be your child's companion for the next 15 to 20 years, your better bet is an adult!
Homes with a well established older cat If you already have an adult cat and are looking for a companion for it, keep in mind that many older cats get annoyed and overwhelmed by a kitten's high energy level. A cat that is around the same age - or a little older - usually makes for a much happier match.
Remember that cats can live up to 20 years or more - and very actively at that - so even a cat older than 5 still has most of a lifetime ahead of her.
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