HomeHuman to cat relationshipadoptionIf you had to choose between a kitten, a one-year-old cat, or a cat that was 10 or older, which would you choose and why?

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If you had to choose between a kitten, a one-year-old cat, or a cat that was 10 or older, which would you choose and why? — 4 Comments

  1. Another thought to consider with older cats: Many come in with their housemates. Please adopt them together! Splitting them up makes them grieve for each other and severely affects their personality and wellbeing.

  2. Most of my cats have been personal rescues of different ages. Some have passed and many have new homes through adoption, especially since I was evicted almost a year ago.

    I tend to keep the special ones; the ones with fears or dietary needs, the older ones. I was allowed to adopt a rescue-only senior cat that needed eye surgery because the shelter knew I would take care of all vetting. She’s now with a great couple.

    I have a senior cat with allergies and personality issues. She’d be hard to adopt out. I pulled her almost for years ago. My other cat will be four the same month as the Diva. He’s afraid of other humans but bonded with me. He’s a great cat but scared of people.

    If I were to get back into rescue or add to my kitty family, I would have to consider my current kitties. Kittens would pose less of a threat, but older cats have known personalities.

    I hope people that do not have any kitties will start with an older cat at first.

    I will say that I’m not against home breeders aka hobby breeders. Hobby breeders are not in it for the money, but to improve or maintain the breed. By the time the pup or kit is adopted, it’s been fully vetted and cared for. In addition hobby breeders fully socialize the litters. I think breeders should be licensed and that the standards should be strengthened.

  3. The cats whom no one else wants, the cats who get ignored due to disability, not being conventionally attractive, the truly elderly/infirm & of course, the FIV+ cats who are routinely killed by vets in the UK, despite the well established evidence that these cats can live normal healthy lives with good care. Killing is easier than education for too many vets here. Intelligence & prejudice are as mutually exclusive as ever.

    Most of the cats of my life have come straight from the street and been in a dreadful state.

    I have only officially adopted one cat from a rescue. He is FIV+, has serious behavioural, psychological issues, partially from a traumatic, injured life on the street, and partially from the rescue’s attitude and behaviour towards him. The rescue lied to us about him and how he had been kept. They became very aggressive when we asked them about his time in rescue and seemed to think they could just swap him out with any FIV+ cat that they had available. That spoke volumes.

    Quite a few rescues here are little more than cat flipping services. Totally unethical. The cats who fair worst in these environments are the types of cats I listed above. Rescue should never only be about numbers and box ticking.

    We kept him. He thrives. His understanding of love & safety increases every single day. He is happy and will have our care for life.

  4. A senior for me. So many adopt the younger ones and the seniors sit patiently waiting for forever homes. The young ones will become seniors as well. I love seniors because they are calm and set in their ways. They are the perfect kids for a seniors and all really. It breaks my heart to see them passed up.

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