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Tip #35


Kitten or Cat? Which Is the Best Fit for You?


If you are thinking of getting a new cat and have spotted the cutest kitten in the world, take a moment before you rush off to sign the adoption papers. Ask yourself if you

might do better with an adult cat. Here's why:


* Kittens take more time and energy than cats. Seriously. Like toddlers, kittens need lots of attention, interaction, and supervision. Be realistic about how much time you have to devote to a new pet, and keep in mind kittens -- unlike most adult cats -- will need to be trained to use a litter box and scratching post. If you think you're up for it, great. If not, take another look at the grown cats. You might find the pet of your dreams.


* Kittens require patience (and forgiveness). Kittens have boundless energy and operate at high velocity several hours a day (and night). If you can tolerate a furry ballistic missile tearing around your house, up and down your drapes, and across your tabletops, go for it. Otherwise, consider an older cat that runs at a slightly lower frequency.


* Kittens and kids don't always mix. If your children haven't yet learned the difference between a toy and a living creature, keep your kids -- and your cat -- safe by opting for a more mature, less fragile cat, not a kitten. But choose carefully: Not all cats are

kid friendly. Consider taking your children with you to the shelter to see firsthand how individual cats respond to your little ones.


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Taken on February 18, 2009