Kittens are irresistibly sweet, playful, clumsy and beautiful to look at – so why not buy a young cat? Well, as cute as a kitten is, raising it means a lot of work. So you have to have enough time for the little velvet paw. An adult cat usually demands much less from you. Both age groups have advantages and disadvantages, there is no general right or wrong. However, you should make your decision based on the right criteria.
Kittens: In the first months patience is required
Kittens have the baby bonus – and quite rightly so. Watching a young kitten play and explore the world is an absolute privilege. But a young cat also means a lot of effort: Kittens have to be educated, for example they have to learn how to walk to the litter box, they are not immediately house-trained. They need protection and security, but also space to let off steam – this is usually your home. And it is not uncommon for them to be affected by kittens romping around without any need for help.
If you have small children at home, they must first learn how to handle the kitten properly. You should definitely be aware of the responsibility a young cat brings with it and have enough time available, especially in the first few months. If this is the case and you can fully adjust to the small whirlwind, a young velvet paw will of course give you a lot of pleasure.
Adult cats are usually very grateful
An adult cat from one year is already clearly calmer than a kitten and, depending on its origin, usually well socialized. If you buy or adopt an adult coat nose – for example from a shelter – you should definitely familiarise yourself with its history in order to be prepared for possible special behaviour. Some cats may not like being at home alone or may be afraid of certain objects or situations – you should be aware of this.
Another big advantage of a full-grown kitty: it already has a solid character and you know exactly what kind of velvet paw you are bringing home. Is she rather playful or very quiet? Can you take her in your arms or doesn’t she like it at all? You can easily learn all this from an adult cat, while the character of a small kitten is still developing.
Basically, an adult cat is very grateful for a new, loving home – especially if it comes from a foster home or an animal shelter. When choosing the right cat, your own circumstances are always decisive. For example, someone who has little time should rather decide for a quite independent, adult cat.
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