The Advantages of a Rescue Cat

tiny rescued kitten being spoonfed formula

Rescue cats can be a great addition to any family home. Unlike kittens, adult rescue cats come with training, potty control, and without that new kitten energy.

For families pushed for time or with new young children, investing in a new kitten may not be the smartest of moves. Kittens are very excitable for the first year and can be a handful to train and tame. If you don't have the time to train your kitten, expect to be cleaning up after cat accidents. Older cats are more tolerable of children and noise, especially cats who have lived in a rescue center, and are less fragile than kittens that your child might want to play with.

Cats can be a great way for elderly people to feel companionship, however they may have trouble with the training and playtime that is required. They may also worry that the kitten will outlive them and be moved to a cat rescue center. As rescue cats are usually older and trained by previous owners or the rescue centre itself they require a lot less looking after. Cats between the ages of five and seven are perfect for elderly people as they have matured and enjoy long rests and to curl up for a scratch behind the ears or a little belly rub.

In 2011 it was estimated that cat shelters were struggling to cope with between seven and ten million abandoned cats and a 2010 census of the UK's pets estimated that we have 24 million pets living in UK homes, the census also showed that only 37% of cat owners have adopted from local cat shelters or abandoned cat charities. In 2012 the RSPCA rescued almost 200,000 animals, yet less than 60,000 were rehomed.

With so many cats and kittens filling up our shelters and such a small percentage of people adopting them, many shelters have no choice but to put down the animals. In 2011 the RSPCA admitted to putting down 53,183 animals with 3,343 of them euthanized for no medical reasons. If more people were to adopt kittens or adult cats from cat shelters rather than breeders and pet shops there would be significantly less homeless animals.

Choosing a cat from a rescue home doesn't have to mean giving up on that teacup kitten dream, the cat protection agency claims to have 6,200 cats and kittens in their care at any time. Some cat owners take their cat's litter to rescue centers such as the cat protection agency, Battersea cats home, or the RSPCA because they don't have the time or space to rear a new litter of kittens. As many people choose to buy their kittens from dealers and pet shops the (just as cute) kittens in the rescue centers are forgotten.

If you're about to invest in a furry family member why not call your local cat shelter first - they might just have the perfect cat trained, ready, and waiting for you.

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