Kittens, when they’re very young, are adorable little creatures. They’re tiny, which means, when you go to the pet store, you get in this "take two, they’re small" mood. At least, that was the way it was with us.
We have one cat now, Molly, who’s getting older and, sad to say, will probably leave us soon (but, please God, not too soon). When that happens, Mary and I have declared on a moratorium on bringing any more cats in, because they’re a lot of work, most of which would fall on Mary. Also, when you bring home a kitten, you have to remember that you’re making a long-term commitment, because they can live quite a bit past 20 years.
If we were to get another cat, I’d want an older one. I saw this thing on Instagram where a woman adopted the oldest cat in a shelter, because she didn’t want it to live the majority of its life not knowing a "forever home." We used to do some volunteer work for the Humane Society, and they had a lot of cats there that knew nothing of the world outside the shelter. They ended up there as kittens and had spent most of their lives there. The people there said that a dog, any dog, will be adopted in two weeks; with cats, it could be years.
Please, spay or neuter your pets. There’s only so much room in the shelters, and we don’t want to have to start euthanizing.
Christine Bialczak runs Simply 6 Minutes.