Cats are said to be adults at the age of around one year. When the cat hits five to seven years, it is therefore said to be a senior cat. This doesn’t mean that they are old and will start getting ill all the time. They have many great years left on them, and by that time, they are much calmer, organized, and easier to handle and take care of.
For you to adopt a senior cat, you must make an informed decision. The following are some of the reasons why you should own a geriatric cat.
Senior cats are full of personality
There are many reasons why people love adult cats, and one of them is their great personality. Small cats are still in their growing stage and, therefore, are still developing their personality. On the other hand, a senior pet has grown and, thus, has developed a distinct behavior. Also, you can ask about the character of the senior before you adopt it to help you decide if it’s what you are looking for. Since they have already developed their personality, you will know if you are adopting a cat who loves snuggling or an independent one who gives you space.
They are calm and collected
Kittens are full of energy at any time of the day, and therefore you will find them running endlessly from one part of your home to the other. And when they run, they can knock things in their way or destroy them with their claws. But with an older cat, you don’t have to worry about finding your home in disarray as they have seen much and are therefore calm and collected. Unlike kittens, senior cats love eating their food, curling on your lap, or chilling outing the lounge, and though they at times play, then only venture to the inviting sun outside and relax until you come home.
Senior cats are more adaptable
Though senior cats can be somehow grumpier than regular cats, they are the most tolerant among cats. Most cats are temperamental and particular, but senior cats have a characteristic bias attitude. Besides, they can adapt to new homes and new family members, unlike most cats who will have a challenge adapting. For example, when moving to a new house, you should adhere to the correct moving procedures for cats, but senior cats won’t need that as they’ll tiptoe with you with less tension. They have a carefree, easy-going attitude, and though they may not like the changes, they will not resist. Overall, they are easier to pet, cuddle, handle, and even groom. An older cat, even when bored, removes itself from an unwanted situation instead of confronting it.
They don’t require much stimulation
If you’re looking for a pet that requires less maintenance, then get an adult kitty. They’re not interested in toys, and all they need is some space with enough food and water. Of course, when she needs attention, she’ll let you know. Also, though we should not generalize animals, you won’t spend much time or resources trying to please a senior cat. On the other hand, kittens require a lot of attention and will be involved in a lot of your business. And though they’re adorable little creatures most times, you will not like it when they convert everything to a toy, clawing and biting any item they come across. Senior cats are very quiet and will only need an occasional cuddle. To please the senior cat, convert an area under the stairs to be their sanctuary or find another comfortable place they can call home and get them a warm bed.
Older cats are cleaner
Young cats are very energetic and will play with toys and their litter box. When they’re playing, they mess up everything: kicking boxes, running out the litter, and leaving a trail of mess for you to clear up. Senior cats, on the other hand, do not litter their litter box much, and though they may clutter some items in the box, they won’t be as messy as the young ones.
Also, adult cats self-clean themselves better than younger ones; they lick themselves more than the young ones. Therefore, you will have to clean your kittens with baby wipes to remove some debris from their body. Older cats, on the other, require less grooming as they have abrasive tongues which they use to clean themselves.
Younger cats that are still being weaned or who are switching foods can quickly develop diarrhea more often than the senior ones. This is because they have many dietary changes in their first year of development, and the changes can, at times, cause loose stool. A loose stool means you will have to contend with more potent odors and clean the litter box and your kitten more. You may also require some medication that can be hard to find or expensive.
Senior cats are not teething
Since the young cats are still growing, they also have baby teeth that will fall out before the adult teeth grow. And to help in removing these teeth, they will chew and teethe on different items like wires, furniture, and even shoelaces. Therefore, these items are at risk of being chewed on by your little cat, and when it happens, then they could cause substantial damage. Adult cats, on the other hand, have well-developed teeth and are therefore not teething anymore, a benefit to the cat owner.
They cause less trouble
As young kids, kittens are more troublesome than adults. Young cats are mischievous and unusually curious, and so they will get into things they don’t want, including knocking things off countertops, eating anything which is not even eatable, and exhausting you even when you’re already mad at them. But older cats love sleeping most times, unlike kittens, and even insurers agree that the cost of replacing household items is reduced when you adopt senior cats.
Cats are incredible pets that anyone would want to have in their home. They give you company and, most times, get rid of rodents that can be dangerous to your home. But it would be best if you got an older cat, and there are many reasons which make them better over younger ones. The good news is there are many older cats for adoption. Nowadays, adopting an older cat is much easier, and whether you want to adopt a hairless cat, a disabled one, you’ll quickly find one that suits you and your home.
You get what you are looking at
Adopting a senior cat means you are getting what you need. They won’t grow or change in any way, unlike kittens, which will change as they age. There is also a mental health benefit to being the owner of a cat.
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