Little Mews Rescue

Adult Cats vs. Kittens


Please consider sharing your love and life with a cat that really needs you

 We have a large number of adult cats that need homes. It seems every spring we get many calls to take in mother cats and their kittens. The kittens get adopted quickly while the mother cats are overlooked. Most of these adult cats are young, between one and two years old, so they have a long life left ahead of them. We have all the adults spayed and neutered, they're up to date on their shots, they need nothing more than a good home and lots of love.  

Kittens will always be popular, and most have no trouble attracting admirers. But for the abandoned, forgotten, and heartbroken adult cats, you just might be their chance to have the love and warmth of a home where they can live out their years in comfort. 

Adopters of adult cats can feel good about themselves, knowing that they have saved an animal from a lifetime of loneliness. In turn they will receive the unconditional love of a grateful pet. 


  • Potential adopters may be concerned that if they choose an older cat, they won’t have many years with their pet. However, when cared for properly, cats can live 15-20 years. That’s a very long time.
  • An older cat has already developed its personality. So you know what kind of pet it will be and whether or not it will suit your family. Many people go for the cute little kitten; only to find out that they grow into a very shy and non-playful cat. Go for the sure thing!! Pick a sweet-faced affectionate cat with an established personality that will be more than happy to curl up on the couch next to you.
  • Adult cats are fun too!! They are playful but not as wild or hyperactive as kittens. A kitten’s high-energy level will test your patience at every turn. Kittens have litter box accidents. They climb your drapes, dig in your plants, run across your counter tops, and play all night when you want to sleep.
  • An older cat will be less demanding of your time and will require less supervision. Kittens require significantly more time to supervise and care for. Many households are not able to provide what is needed during the first six months of a kitten’s learning and growing. Kittens that aren’t properly taught and cared for may not grow up to be well-adjusted adults.
  • Young kittens are poor matches for young kids. Kittens can play rough and have sharp claws that can hurt young children. Young children, in turn, can handle a kitten too roughly and cause injury. An adult cat can be more patient with young kids, and best of all, knows when to walk away from interactions that are too much for either of them.
  • If you work, an adult cat is much better content by itself while you are out. A young kitten will get lonely if left at home alone all day. 

  • Some adult cats are single-household cats. If you only want one, an adult cat is recommended.
  • If serenity is your lifestyle, you'll be better off with an older cat. They make ideal companions in less active homes. They are calmer and less inclined to exhibit unpredictable kitten behavior.
  • Older cats have better litter box habits. They understand the purpose of a litter box and will usually cooperate with your efforts to keep it tidy. Kittens play, sunbathe, build sandcastles, and sleep in their litter boxes. And then there’s a game called “poo-hockey,” where a piece of dried waste is removed from the box and batted around the floor until it disappears under a major appliance or piece of furniture.

  • A final consideration is your own age. Older folks need to carefully consider if adopting a young cat is in the best interest of the animal. An older cat would be a great companion for a senior citizen that needs a buddy.