Adopting adult cats and the introduction process

TommyI like the story of Tommy on SCAA because it has messages about kitty adoption we believe in.

Anyone who has attempted to rehome an animal will know that as a rule of thumb, adoption chances for any ball of fluff beyond 3 months old is discouraging, to say the least. Older kittens have a harder time of it than their younger cutsie incarnates, and adults, well adults can only hope someone will give them a chance.

And so any grown-up cat that gets a home, is a lucky cat indeed. Of course, it helps that there are people who are willing to consider grown-ups but they are few in number because most people still believe the myths about kitties.

The biggest myth is that kittens are easier to train and bondTommy with, but it is just that: a myth. (Someday, when I manage to put up Rheilly’s story, you will hopefully appreciate the love and affection even an adult cat that has never known anything but the streets is capable of, if given the right encouragement and environment.)

In conjunction with the general unpopularity of adult cats, is the common perception that they will refuse to play ball, and learn communal living, ie share living space with other cats. While some cats are avowed catists, most kitties will learn and even come to appreciate having a companion. The caveat is how you integrate every furry into your kingdom. (Again I hold the still-to-be-written Rheilly tale as an example)

As the SCAA folks say, it really is not an impossibility. As with anything kitty, a little bit of time and effort goes a long way in accomplishing the trick.

The only thing better than a comfy new home…Tommy
is having a friend to share it with.
Tito and Tommy, along with many SCAA cats, prove that adult cats can be more social, healthier (at least slimmer!) and happier pets when they have a cat friend to play with. Yet time and time again, adult cats get passed over for adoption in favor of small kittens. Adoptable adult cats suffer this fate all around the world, so Tito was lucky to have caught Francesca’s attention in the U.S. as was Tommy in Shanghai: “When I adopted Tito, he was already a year old and had been in the rescue center for a long time. I felt bad that no one wanted to adopt Tito. The same for Tommy- I felt it was my responsibility to adopt another older cat to prove that kittens aren’t the only pets out there.

2 responses to “Adopting adult cats and the introduction process

  1. Our beautiful cat Angel was also adopted from the SPCA as an adult. We were very firm on adopting an adult precisely because of this bias against them. Plus who wants an over-active furball? The advantage of adopting an adult is we know straight-away the kind of temperament the cat has.

    To those who think kittehs and puppies are cute – sure, they are. But they grow up too and you can’t keep changing your pet for something younger and cuter (or would you?) I’d rather get an adult and get to know him/her as who s/he is.

    Besides, Angel is really very cute lah, and funny, and cute.

  2. Thanks for weighing in on this, Eveline. I hope more people see it the way you do.

    And Angel is UBER cute. =)