Cats provide lots of unconditional love and companionship. If you are thinking about adding a furry addition to your family please consider adopting an older or elderly cat from your local animal shelter. Animal shelters throughout Chicagoland have an abundance of older cats that are eagerly awaiting to find loving forever homes with that special someone. Unfortunately with kitten season approaching very soon, older cats will most likely be overlooked, however adopting an older cat has many advantages and can be very rewarding.
Unlike kittens, elderly cats tend to be more mellow, gentle and easy going, which makes them more suitable for someone who is retired or prefers a quieter household. Older cats also make wonderful companions for someone who is elderly or disabled because they require less maintenance than a kitten while giving lots of love and affection. Sadly so parents with young children tend to think that adopting a kitten is a great idea, but on the contrary, a cat between the age of five to seven years old is a better fit for a household with young children. This is because kittens are very fragile making them prone to getting injured by a small child as young children do not always know how to properly handle animals.
Older cats are very well acclimated to using their litter boxes whereas kittens have to be trained to use a litter box which often takes a lot of time and patience. Older cats are also better off being paired with another older cat, so if you already have an adult cat at home, consider adopting a cat the same age or older instead of a kitten because a kitten will only annoy your adult cat. For more information about adopting older cats please visit the Treehouse Humane Society in Chicago, Paws Chicago or the Animal Welfare League.