Kitten or Adult Cat: Which is Right for You?

As a cat lover, one of the most exciting decisions you’ll face is adding a new feline friend to your home. Do you want an energetic kitten or will a more settled adult cat be a better fit? Both have their own unique charms and benefits, and ultimately the right choice for you will depend on your lifestyle, personality, and individual circumstances.

To help you weigh the pros and cons of each option, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when deciding between a kitten and an adult cat.

Energy level: Kittens have a lot of energy and can be very playful and active. If you have a busy, active lifestyle or children who want an active playmate, a kitten may be the right choice. On the other hand, adult cats tend to be more laid-back and may be a better fit if you have a quieter, more low-key lifestyle.

Training and behaviour: Kittens are still learning how to behave and may require more training and patience in the early stages, they will also need toilet training, this can take time and you will have to be ready for the occasional accident. On the other hand, older cats are generally more settled and are usually house-trained and accustomed to living with us noisy humans. If you have the time and patience to devote to training a kitten, it can be a rewarding experience. However, an adult cat may be a better fit if you prefer a more low-maintenance, ready-to-go, pet.

Health concerns: Adult cats are typically already spayed or neutered and although some may have pre-existing health issues that require ongoing medical care, are usually in good health. Kittens are generally healthy, but they will need to be spayed or neutered. If you intend on taking either to a cattery both, cats and kittens will require regular vaccinations. Consider your budget and willingness to take on potential medical expenses when deciding between a kitten and an adult cat.

Longevity: Kittens have the potential to live for 15-20 years or more.  Depending on at what age you get an adult cat, they may only have a few years left. This is an important factor to consider if you are looking for a long-term companion.

Ultimately, whether you choose a kitten or an adult cat, the fun of bringing a new life into your home, nothing can beat including a feline friend into your life and it will be something to be remembered and enjoyed. Both make wonderful companions, and with the proper care and attention, will bring joy and love into your life for many years to come.