Summertime equals fun for most of us. Sun, sand, swimming, biking, reading, and—my personal favorite—hammock-ing, help make up the very best memories that summer has to offer. Jupiter is a big fan of the hammock, and I have to be really careful positioning myself to receive her 55 pounds of flying dog-ness when she decides to pounce on my relaxing self. More than a few people have mentioned to me that JsuJsu is very cat-like. The swaggering way she walks, her intense stares, and well, her pounces. However, JsuJsu may be as close as I ever get to ever having a cat, since I am highly allergic. But that doesn’t mean I don’t wish I could have one or two of those fabulous meowing-creatures.
This is the time of year we hear about lots and lots of kittens inundating our animal adoption centers. Unneutered and unspayed cats tend to breed seasonally, so kittens often show up in early and mid-summer—and in VERY large numbers! Kittens require so much attention, between regular feeding and cleaning, so they greatly add to the burden of hard-working animal caregivers. And let’s face it: because they are so darn cute, people thinking about adoption tend to gravitate towards the kittens and overlook our beloved mature feline residents who are also hoping to get to find their forever homes.
So, this month, I’m asking all of you kind-hearted, animal-lovers out there to consider some of these great reasons for adopting adult cats:
1. You can choose just who you are looking for! Shorthair, longhair, tabby, double-pawed, active, quiet, or sassy--you’ll fall in love right then and there with an adult cat who has been waiting for you!
2. Often, you can have a bit of their history! It can be helpful to know if your potential cat-mate is an indoor or outdoor cat, has lived with children, is comfortable with other cats--or dogs--or has any diagnosed medical conditions. Sometimes, a bit of information up front can make for the best life-long match!
3. Kittens are more needy than adult cats. Older cats most often know how use the litter box and don’t need extra feedings during the day. Adult cats are often content to be left alone or with another companion animal for longer periods of time than young kittens.
4. Adult cats can live a long time---some up to 20 years! And many still have lots of energy! Don’t believe me? Try rolling that ball of yarn across their path. They can’t resist.
5. Adult cats are grateful for just about everything you can give them. Their lives have been disrupted by moving between their original homes and the shelter, but—given a little bit of time and a whole lot of love—they will happily settle into the stable and wonderful lives that you can offer them.
6. Kittens find homes much more easily. When you adopt an adult cat, you become an instant HERO by providing a home to an animal who might otherwise have been at the shelter for an even longer time.
7. Kittens are only little for a short while. All healthy kittens quickly become adult cats. Why not think about adopting a cat who has had a rough start in life or has hit a bump in the road? You will be rewarded every morning you wake up next to your new whiskered-friend.
8. Chasing kittens can be fun but exhausting. Why not choose the less taxing approach and consider an older adult cat? They are just more civilized.
9. At animal adoption centers, adult cats are often the animals in the greatest numbers, and they tend to stay the longest. They’ve come from many unfortunate circumstances--most completely unrelated to their own beautiful selves. Consider adopting an adult cat. Or two!
10. Adult cats make fantastic companions! They are affectionate, funny, loving, and loyal. It’s what I call a win-win! There are often PLENTY of adult cats to choose from---I dare you to walk away from your local animal adoption center without falling in love with at least one!
Animal Adoption is a great thing to do.
For more information, speak with an animal adoption specialist at the MSPCA or your local animal shelter.