Adopting an adult cat can be a very rewarding experience. Kittens need lots of attention to keep them stimulated and out of trouble. An adult cat is usually much easier on an owner who does not have the time or energy to entertain a kitten. A little preparation and extra patience on your part can make his transition as stress-free as it can be.
Adult cats have established their personality. It is important to pair you with cats best fitting your own personality and lifestyle. The shelter staff will be able to give you a good idea of the cat’s temperament. Spend some time alone with the cat you want to bring home to observe if the personality is a good fit for you.
Bringing home an adult cat is much like introducing a new kitten to your home. A kitten may behave a certain way in its youth and changes significantly as it grows up. As compared, an adult cat’s temperament and personality will be more consistent. Adult cats are usually a better choice for families with small children. Kittens often play rough and are constantly underfoot. Sadly older cats often get overlooked. Most people who adopt tends to gravitate toward the adorable kittens.
There are a few things to be aware of when introducing an adult cat to your home. Adult cats typically take longer than kittens to adjust to new people and surroundings. This is especially true for cats that came from a shelter may have been extremely stressful and frightening. It may need a week or longer to feel secure. Set pace for your interaction to let the cat knows you are a caring person who can be trusted. Be patient and give him affection and praise. Once the cat adjust to the new home where they can feel safe and secure again, they will offer years of faithful companionship.