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Why adopt an older cat?


Kitten season is almost upon us, but we almost always also have older cats available for adoption. Some of these are owner surrenders, or cats who have outlived their owners. Sometimes they are overlooked when people see those cute little (annoying) balls of fur. Adopting an older cat has several benefits over adopting a kitten. Depending on your household, energy level, and other pets, you may find adopting an older cat is a better idea than grabbing that kitten. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider adopting an older cat:

1. Personality: Older cats have established personalities, making it easier to choose one that fits well with your family and lifestyle.

2. Lower energy: Older cats are generally calmer and require less attention and play than young kittens.

3. No litter training: Older cats are already litter trained, saving you the time and effort of training a kitten.

4. Less destructive: Kittens have a tendency to chew, scratch, and get into things, but older cats have outgrown these behaviors.

5. Health: Older cats have already gone through their kittenhood and are generally healthier, making it less likely that you'll need to take them to the vet for unexpected health issues.

6. Bonding: Older cats often form strong bonds with their owners quickly, and can be very affectionate.

7. Save a life: Older cats are often the last to be adopted from animal shelters and are at greater risk of being euthanized. By adopting an older cat, you're giving a furry friend a second chance at a happy life.

So when you go to Petsmart and look at our kitties, remember that older cats deserve a loving home, too!

KH/GT

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