"Ah, he's so cute!” Unsurprisingly, this is often how our exchanges with our prospective adopters begin. A large majority of people looking to adopt a new kitty do so primarily because they like the aesthetic characteristics... they think it's so beautiful!
But did you know that there are as many different personalities in cats as there are in humans? All in all, most experts agree that there are three types of temperaments that can help you choose the right cat for your family.
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Which cat for which adopter?
- The daredevil cat! This is a cat that is not afraid of anything, is very curious, has a lot of energy to expend, and requires a lot of interaction and stimulation. It is the ideal cat for a family with children and/or other animals. This cat will adapt perfectly to a somewhat turbulent life full of new experiences and visits. It will accept change better than most cats but beware, this kind of temperament often also implies a more independent and less disciplined character. This cat will love to climb and explore everywhere, potentially dropping objects or rummaging through clothes. This is the kind of cat that will open closet doors or any doors. It's best to consider outdoor activities for this cat or be aware that it will need a lot of enrichment if it is confined to an apartment.
- The "in-between" cat. This is a cat that is both curious and cautious. A cat that welcomes novelty but remains on its guard. It is... a cat! It will appreciate a routine but accept change if it is not too brutal. It will love to play and will be receptive to stimulation but will also need its quiet time. This cat can adapt to many homes. It may be suitable for a family with children out of infancy who will treat it gently and enjoy playing with it. It can also thrive with people who live alone, are active and who host visitors. He can enjoy going outside, but also be perfectly content to live in an apartment with appropriate enrichment in heights, games, and interactions.
- The shy cat. This is a cat that is very attached to its routine. It is a calm cat, often quite close to its adopter(s) with whom it finds certain security. It is often a cat quite snuggly and will always follow the same habits in its day. This does not mean that it is not active or that it does not need enrichment, but it is a quiet cat who is not comfortable with change or a hectic daily routine. This cat will fit very well in the homes of elderly people or people who have a routine life and do not host too many visitors. On the other hand, it will not be comfortable with a family with rambunctious children or with someone who travels a lot, has a lot of people over, and whose work schedule changes frequently.
Kitten or adult cat: which is better?
Most adopters prefer to welcome a kitten into their home. How could you not? A kitten is a little ball of cuteness! A kitten is adorable, it's a little clumsy so it's very funny, it's playful and it's wonderful to see it grow up. And yes, it's not for nothing that the best videos on the internet feature kittens!
However, a kitten is also a little ball of energy that you have to know how to channel and manage! A kitten is like a little child who plays with everything and anything! With a kitten, you generally have to adapt your home and make it a "cat-proof" environment: be careful with electrical wires that cats tend to chew if not cut, put away fragile knick-knacks that they could knock over, and say goodbye to your sheer lacey curtains that won't resist for long to the little rascal's assaults.
You should also be aware that even if there are techniques to evaluate a kitten's behavior, the latest studies show that there is no guarantee that this behavior will not change over time.
Finally, don't forget that a kitten doesn't stay a baby for long. At about 6 months of age, it has already reached its sexual maturity and is not far from its adult size. Then, if your cat stays healthy and nothing happens to it, you will have about 15 years of life to share with kitty, so it is in its adult state that it will mainly share your daily life.
By choosing an adult cat, you can be pretty sure that its character is settled or at least not likely to change very much. Adult cats are also generally calmer than kittens and require less care in the environment.
Let's not forget that, of course, the majority of adult cats are previously abandoned cats. In addition to being able to directly project your life to the cat's temperament, you will be giving the cat a chance to get out of the shelter and into a new home.
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