Benefits Of Adopting An Adult Or Senior Cat

November 21, 2022

Discussing Why Older Cats Make Great Pets

When it comes to adopting a pet, most people think of puppies or kittens. While puppies and kittens are great, they’re not the only ones in need of a good home. In honor of National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, this article will discuss the many reasons why you should consider adopting an adult or senior pet.

National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

November is celebrated as National Adopt A Senior Pet Month. As the name implies, it is a month-long holiday aimed at raising awareness about senior pet adoption. This holiday was founded by the A.S.P.C.A. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and petfinder.com. It’s a wonderful holiday that reminds us that adult and senior cats make great pets.

Why Adopt An Adult Cat

A cat is considered an adult after about 18 months. Although everyone loves a kitten, there are many benefits to having an adult cat. Adult cats have a great deal of experience and patience under their belt. This makes them very adaptable and flexible when it comes to coexisting with other pets or children in the household. Adult cats are also very independent, so they typically require less attention than kittens. Adult cats have a much calmer demeanor than kittens and are overall less energetic. If you want a more relaxed, patient, and adaptable pet, then an adult cat is the perfect pet for you.

Why Adopt A Senior Cat

The average lifespan of a house cat is 12 to 18 years. A cat is typically considered a senior at 9 years old and up. Senior cats make excellent pets for families with young children as they are more mature than kittens. A more mature cat means they have already developed good behaviors and are less likely to unnecessarily bite or scratch young children. This maturity also makes senior cats less destructive than kittens or young cats. Your furniture will thank you for having a senior cat as opposed to a kitten. 

The Right Decision 

There’s nothing wrong with buying a cat from a breeder. However, there is something truly special about adoption. Adoption means giving a pet that no one wanted a place to call home and a family that loves them. It means rescuing an animal from a life of desperation and from potentially being euthanized. It means making a positive difference in your life, a pet’s life, your community, and the world as a whole. We strongly encourage and support adoption as there are millions of pets around the country that desperately need a good home. Still not convinced on adopting? Then check out the Cat Gallery on our website and you’ll want a cat for yourself in no time!¬†

How To Get Involved

If you’re interested in a new addition to your family, then consider adopting a senior cat. There are thousands of adult and senior cats in our area that need a good home. For a more comprehensive list of local animal rescue groups in the Apex, NC area, check out Harmonyanimalhospital.net. If adoption isn’t a good option for you, then consider donating to or volunteering at one of the local animal shelters near you. Don’t wait! Get involved and make a positive difference today.