Should we adopt two adult littermates or two kittens?
August 7, 2007 7:53 AM Subscribe
We are adopting two cats, but can't decide whether to adopt a pair of kittens or a pair of adult littermates. Could you help us weigh which pair will be helped more if we adopt them?
posted by Braeog to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have decided to adopt two cats. As we are impartial to cats or kittens, we want to make the adoption choice that will most help the cats we adopt--the most ethical choice. We are looking at two pairs from two different rescue groups: one pair are five-and-a-half year old sisters who have been together all their lives and were dumped by their owners. The other pair are two kittens between the ages of two and three months from the SPCA--and one of the kittens has only one eye (the other was surgically removed for medical reasons of some sort). All four cats are sweet, adorable, and playful. The adults have lived in a home and are well-treated in the shelter, so we're not worried about them being neurotic. The kittens are kittens and haven't had enough time to develop any bad habits. We want to adopt the pair that seems to most need it, but we aren't sure which ones. All of the cats have had their vaccinations and have been spayed/neutered. So please--could you go through this list and offer your input?
- Adult cats are harder to adopt and the shelter has stipulated the sisters MUST be adopted together, which will make it even less likely others will adopt them. They've been up for adoption since March.
- The shelter, however, is no-kill, so they are ensured a safe place to stay until they are adopted. The shelter also has foster homes where potential adoptees can stay until their adoption
- Each cat will be $85 each
- Kittens are easily adopted. However, one of the kittens has only one eye. This may make it more difficult.
- Despite the best efforts of the volunteers, the nursery of this particular SPCA has been ravaged by colds recently. It's possible the longer the kittens are in there the more likely they are to die of disease.
- SPCA is NOT no-kill, so if these kittens aren't adopted for whatever reason they'll be put down.
- We can get both kittens for $75 total since the SPCA is having a "cat sale" because they're getting so many in this year
- The kittens will have identification tattoos and possibly microchips included in the fee, which is not the case for the adult cats.
Of course, the ideal situation would be adopting two adult cats from the SPCA, but we're worried they could not get along or may have individual personality issues. The cats at the no kill shelter are allowed out of their cages to run around the tiny shelter room (it's in a Pet Smart), interact with other cats, and are placed two to a cage if they get along with the other cat and the cage is a big one. So we know that the two adult sisters get along from watching them, where it's hard to tell at the SPCA, since they're not allowed to interact much, in a cage or otherwise.
Anyway, the point is, we're choosing between two adults that are less likely to be adopted but are in a slightly better shelter situation, and two kittens that may be more likely to adopted (not sure about the one-eyed one), but are in a more dangerous shelter situation. Money is an issue, but not a big enough one to dictate our decision. Who should we pick?