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Adopting an Older Cat Can Be Rewarding

By Jayn Corral

Sure, kittens with emerging personalities are playful, exuberant, curious, and challenging as we wait to see how they’ll turn out. But when you adopt an older cat, you know what you are getting.

Older cats have developed their personalities. They are litter-trained. Although they are playful and fun, they are content to relax, because they have a longer attention span and better impulse control than the little ones.

Older cats cause less trouble. They already know basic etiquette. They are less likely to climb your curtains or knock things off tables and shelves. They know to use scratching posts instead of your legs. They have their permanent teeth, so they are less likely to eat things that they shouldn´t, like your clothes, shoes, or wires. What their fur will look like and what size they will be are not unknowns.

Older cats are cleaner and face much fewer health issues than kittens, who are more vulnerable. They know how to groom themselves. They fare better with families with children who are prone to drop them, step on them, or squeeze them too tightly.

How about giving an older cat the opportunity to become part of your family? Frequently, people only consider adopting a kitten without appreciating the advantages of an older cat. Often older cats will understand that they are being rescued and display their gratitude with affection, devotion, and love.

Please meet Quest, Suerte, and Tina at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152-6124, any day, Monday–Saturday, 11–2. We’d be happy to introduce you to their friends.


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