The Joys of an Adult Cat
many people want kittens. Please consider the following!
A kitten is only a kitten for a short time period.
Older cats often adjust quickly and easily to new situations, walking in
like 'been there, done that'.
Older cats don't climb your curtains or run the Indy 500 in the middle of
Older cats are more affectionate - the older they get, often the more laptime
Older cats have developed a good immune system.
Older cats have a stronger stomach tolerance and don't get the upsets as
easily as kittens.
Older cats don't require constant supervision - kittens do.
Older cats are TRULY appreciative that YOU have deemed them worthy of love
- kittens will love everyone.
People think they are going to get a kitten and then 'train' it to be just
so - not so - Each meezer's personality is unique. With Older cats, you
can get an idea of what that personality is like before hand. We have these
older cats in our homes, we can tell you whether they scratch the furniture,
jump on the counters, like dogs, yowl at night. With a kitten, you won't
know this for several years.
Most folks call and ask for kittens, so we don't see as many kittens. The
shelters can place kittens, and owners aren't likely to give up something
they just got. We see the most wonderful, most loving, most appreciative,
often laid back young adult/middle aged/older cats.
Yes, with Rescue, sometimes they come with some emotional baggage. There
truly are a number of special needs older cats - wouldn't you be insecure
if you had been moved out of your home and left alone by your family? But
I TRULY 100% believe that these cats KNOW when they are in a temporary situation
and when they are in a permenant situation, and when they arrive in your
home, after the initial 'newness' of it wears off and they know you are
going to love, honor and obey them (let's not forget that 'obey', this is
critical with meezers), they will give you such joy and companionship and
unconditional love, be it for 3 years or 13 years, that it makes the reasons
for living and loving all the more obvious.
Please consider adding an older meezer to your household. At the risk of
speaking for others, I believe there are many who could testify what joy
these cats have brought to them:
Ms. Pagan, who adopted Cleo at age 10, and adores her beyond everything.
A year later, both are doing wonderfully together.
Rose, who took Ashton, (age 11), and you can see the joy in her face.
Beth and teenage daughter and son, who took Marzipan (9), slighly blind,
but love her to no end.
Faye, who took the one eyed wonder Ari, at 14, and sent pictures of the
most content-looking meezer you've ever seen. A year later, still going
And Mamagayo, who arrived here in June of '98 and will retire here - the
vet said she was 'older than the wind', and for those of you who've seen
her, she looks it; she drools, she's blind, she leaves little presents on
my pillow. And if she lives another day or another thousand days, every
day that I have known her has given me love that I didn't have before.
Jennifer, whose mom adopted an older cat, reports: I was concerned that
an older cat wouldn't give her the affection a cat owned from a kitten would,
and she had all sorts of trouble finding an older Meezer. I have never seen
such an affectionate cat (and such a spoiled one). The most important
aspect is that thanks to an older cat a lonely old woman now has a new
lease on life.
And Jean's comment: I am all for adopting older cats.. they know who they
are, their personalities are established so you know beforehand what you
are getting, and they have a lot of love to give. They are more settled,
pay more attention to you as well as being better listeners, and they are
grateful. I personally think there is no better companion in the animal
world than an adult meezer.
Think about it!