Kitten or Adult Cat-Which is Best?


So you have decided to bring a new cat into the family but can’t decide on an adult or a kitten? There are pros and cons with either choice you make, hopefully, this article will help you in making a decision.

Your lifestyle should factor into your choice to adopt a cat or kitten also. Generally, an older couple may be more inclined to want an adult cat, where a family with youngish children would prefer a kitten. Are you out for long
periods? An older cat is more able to entertain itself while you are out (usually by sleeping), whereas a kitten needs much more attention and supervision.

Adult cat

Adult cat

  • Adult cats are harder to find homes for than kittens, so you are giving one a second chance.
  • Adult cats are considerably calmer than a kitten.
  • Adult cats are past the kitten stage of chewing things they shouldn’t chew on.
  • Most adult cats are already litter trained.
  • Adult cats are better with very young children (i.e., toddler age) as they are less fragile.
  • Adults are less likely to get into mischief such.
    kitchen cupboards, chewing plants, climbing the curtains etc.
  • You know what you’re getting with an adult. Their personality is developed, you can see if they’re friendly, shy, quiet etc. You can see their adult body shape and size.
  • Adult cats are cheaper to purchase than kittens.



  • Kittens are cute.
  • Kittens adjust to a new home more easily.
  • Kittens haven’t had a chance to develop bad habits (such as spraying).
  • Kittens are easier to introduce to current household cats as they are
    seen as less of a threat.
  • Kittens can be destructive.
  • Kittens are only kittens for a short period anyway.

If you are on the look out for a new pet for the family, do consider an older cat. They are often overlooked, and they are just as wonderful as kittens.  I have adopted older cats (6+ years) and found them to be especially easy. You get
all the benefits of having a cat such as companionship, without the craziness of a kitten. I find they are less inclined to want to race out the door and hunt, being much more content to lie in front of the window and sleep in the sun. So
give it some thought.

What about adopting a special needs cat? They are even harder to find homes for. Most special needs cats are perfectly able to adapt to a new home due to their heightened senses. Of course, you will have to make some accommodations for them, but you will be giving a wonderful cat a second chance.


  • Julia Wilson, 'Cat World' Founder

    Julia Wilson is the founder of Cat-World, and has researched and written over 1,000 articles about cats. She is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. Full author bio

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