Making the decision to adopt a cat is the beginning of an exciting journey. And for each adopter, the journey is a little different. Today in our Adoption Tails Series, we will see how one adopter turned to searching online for her perfect furry friend – and searched specifically for an adult cat.
But before we get to Karen’s adoption story, here are some reasons to consider adopting an adult cat.
5 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Cat
- Adult cats have just as much love to give as a kitten. And they are also still playful.
- They have developed into their personalities, so adult cats are easier to match with an adopter who is looking for a specific trait or personality.
- Although they still need ample love and attention (as all cats need), adult cats usually require less attention than a kitten.
- Well cared for cats can live up to 15 years or longer. So by adopting an adult cat, you still have many years with them.
- Adult cats generally wait longer in shelters and rescues to be adopted.
Karen’s Search Begins
After volunteering at her local humane society, Karen knew that she wanted to adopt a cat instead of going to a pet store. She also knew that she didn’t want a kitten because they are easier to adopt out and she preferred to rescue an adult cat.
In the midst of moving from Central California to Southern California, Karen knew there were a lot of shelters and rescues to choose from. So, instead of going rescue-by-rescue, Karen turned to PetFinder.org once she was settled into her new home.
At PetFinder, Karen set her search criteria to “adult” and watched the results flow in. She loved how there were so many rescue groups who had pictures online, and she found a lot of adult cats to choose from. Karen did consider visiting a couple of adoption centers as well, but she came across one particular cat who stole her heart before that could happen.
How Joon Became a Pumpkin
Joon was an adult, female tortie cat who had been on the “kill list” at a Los Angeles shelter. But lucky for Joon, a cat rescue stepped in just in time and rescued her from the shelter. And even luckier for Joon, Karen had her heart set on the female cat as soon as she saw her online.
Karen set up a time to meet Joon, who was being fostered by the rescue group. When she arrived at the foster’s house, Karen loved the adult cat immediately. Joon was a bit shy at first, but she then curled up in Karen’s lap, sealing the deal.
Karen adopted Joon on Halloween in 2013 and fittingly renamed her Pumpkin.
When asked about her favorite thing about Pumpkin, Karen says “when she comes up to my head and either lies down on my pillow or my arm and snuggles. She wants me to pet her and keep her warm.”
It sounds like Pumpkin knows she’s found the perfect forever home. And now, over three years later, Pumpkin happily runs the house.
Have you ever adopted an adult cat? What made you do so?