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      Should I Get a Cat or a Kitten?

      Unfortunately, many people impulsively adopt kittens but neglect them or surrender them to shelters when they grow older. Those considering adoption should examine their lifestyles to ensure that they have the time, money, and energy to care for a pet, and that they are adopting for the right reasons.
      Bad Reasons to Adopt a Cat or Kitten
      Cats are a low-maintenance, less expensive alternative to dogs.
      While feeding a cat does tend to be less expensive than feeding a dog, like dogs, cats require veterinary care and daily interaction. It’s a mistake to think that a cat can be ignored for days on end and that it’s enough to simply dump some food in a bowl from time to time.
      Kittens are particularly high-maintenance as they tend to be messy and get into everything. They require a lot of supervision and must be trained to use a litter box and a scratch post.
      The cat resembles a beloved childhood pet.
      Some people adopt cats or dogs that look like long-lost pets in the hopes of recreating that idealized childhood relationship. But no animal will behave exactly like another, and nostalgia has likely glossed over the childhood pet’s more difficult traits and elevated her to near-sainthood. The new pet will be placed in the unfair position of having to compete with the memory of the old pet.
      The breed is currently popular.
      Whenever a popular movie, book, or television program features some distinctive pet, swarms of people rush out to adopt individuals with the same breed characteristics. When the fad passes, many animals are abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their fickle owners.
      A similar problem occurs when people adopt purebreds on a whim because they like the look of the breed or the breed is currently fashionable. Such adopters usually fail to spend time with the cat beforehand or learn about the animal’s traits and medical issues.
      The children need a pet.
      Growing up with cats can be a wonderful experience for children, and it can help them learn responsibility, but the whole family needs to be on board for an adoption to be successful. Surprising the kids with a pet won’t eliminate disciplinary problems or turn them into responsible caretakers overnight.
      Families considering adoption should discuss the issue beforehand and choose a cat together. Spending some time with prospective adoptees is recommended to get a good personality fit, and parents must explicitly teach children how to care for and handle the new arrival.
      When adopting a cat into family household, it’s important to choose one that is laid back and comfortable with children and the noise they make. An adult cat that has lived happily with children in the past is a particularly good choice, as she is unlikely to become phobic of or aggressive toward kids the way a kitten might as a result of scary unfamiliar noise or well-meaning but clumsy handling.
      A kitten would make a great gift for a friend or family member.
      Animals should never be given as surprise gifts. The recipient may not even want a cat, or may have a lifestyle completely unsuited to pet ownership. Even if he does want a cat, the one chosen may not be a good temperamental fit. Cats and kittens should never be adopted by anyone who is unable to commit to their care for a lifetime, so feline companions must be carefully chosen to ensure compatibility.
      Anyone who would like to give a cat as a gift should first make sure that the potential recipient actually wants a cat. The giver and receiver should then go to a shelter together to choose the new pet.
      Good Reasons to Adopt a Cat or Kitten
      There are many adult cats in need of good homes.
      Most cats are not dumped off at shelters due to behavioural problems. Instead, cats usually find themselves homeless because their owners were selfish and irresponsible or suffered some misfortune that rendered them unable to care for their pets.
      Adopters of adult pets have the satisfaction of knowing that they have done some good in the world by giving a second chance to a cat that might otherwise languish in a cage for her entire life or be euthanized unnecessarily. Also, because adult cats are tidier and lower maintenance than kittens, they are a better fit for most lifestyles.
      For more information on the benefits of adopting an older pet, see Reasons to Adopt an Adult Cat.
      Cats make great companions.
      Cats provide friendship, keep secrets, and love unconditionally. They can make their owners laugh with their hilarious antics, which reduces stress after a hard day, and research has shown that cat ownership even brings a number of significant health benefits.
      Cats have many admirable traits.
      Mark Twain, legendary humourist and author, once remarked, “If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
      In addition to their beauty, elegance, and grace, many people admire the independent spirit of the cat. Cats won’t submit to a master-subject relationship, and because they are so selective and discerning, those who are chosen by a feline friend can feel truly honoured that the cat has found something to appreciate in them.
      While some believe that cat love is simply “cupboard love,” there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. See Do Cats Feel Love? for information about the feline-human bond.

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