What you Should know Before Adopting a Cat #ChurchandDwight

This post is part of the Church & Dwight ambassador program. All opinions are my own


There are many things that get better with age, and a feline friend is one of them! If you’re thinking about adopting a kitten or know someone who is, ask that they consider a senior cat instead. Sure, kittens are cute, but adult cats have a great deal going for them. We have had cats of all ages over the years. Kittens have lots of energy and like to get themselves into trouble sometimes. Read and share this list of why adopting a senior cat might be right for you!

  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat you’re literally saving a life! This is a great life lesson to instill in your little ones.
  • A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know right away from your first encounter if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re signing up for. Plus, you won’t have to upgrade to a larger cat house or litter box as they continue to grow.
  • A senior cat may be house-trained with basic etiquette and not attack feet, bite hands or use the couch or carpet as a scratching post.
  • Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. To help keep cats happy about their litter box, no matter what their age, use a quality cat litter like Arm & Hammer Slide. It traps odours for 7 days, and is dust-free with a soft texture that’s easy on paws. What’s best is the patented EZ Clean technology means the used litter slides right out! No more scrubbing or scraping the bottom of the box!
  • Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

Did you Know? With Friday, the 13th approaching, it’s important to remember that senior cats aren’t the only ones that tend to be forgotten – black cats are too. The superstitions that surround black cats have a real impact on them finding a forever home. Remember, the idea that black cats bring bad luck is nothing but a myth so don’t let that stand in your way of welcoming a deserving cat into your family.

Personally Friday the 13th has always been lucky for me. And I love the look of black cats! Have you adopted a senior or black cat? I’d love to hear about your experience.

To adopt a senior or black cat or learn more about cat adoption, visit your local SPCA or go online.



  1. These are very important things to know before making the decision to bring a new family member into your home. I love the idea of adopting a senior cat that is already litter box trained and less likely to scratch your furniture.

  2. It’s a big decision! There is definitely a lot to know before taking on such a big responsibility ?

  3. I have NEVER understood why black cats don’t get adopted. I thought that superstition went out the window decades ago!

  4. jmanandmillerbug says

    Black cats are probably one of my favorite colored cats! They are beautiful. I think getting a senior cat is probably a great idea. Kittens are wonderful and of course they are going to live longer but they do get into a whole lot more than a senior cat.

  5. This is such a great post, people really need to think and learn before they adopt any animal as it is such an undertaking although so very worth while.

  6. I volunteer for a rescue so i know a little about cat adoptions and they can be tricky if the clients don’t know all that it takes to own a pet. That is great information for prospective adopters.

  7. Oh, you have such a big heart. I love to adopt mature animals as well. Not a lot of people have patience for animals like that.

  8. My friend just adopted a kitten, although had there been an older cat there, she would have nabbed that one, too!

  9. Those are all great tips. I have three cats right now. They were all strays that we took in.

  10. I like the idea of adopting an older animal because they’re often so much more calm … and sometimes somewhat trained as well.

  11. We have a rescue kitty who is totally awesome! When he was younger keeping him busy with toys and scratching posts helped take care of a lot of typical kitten “issues.”

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    It’s so important to understand what you are getting yourself into before adopting any animal. These are good tips 🙂

  13. It is extremely sad that even in the 21st century, people are superstitious about black cats. We have recently adopted a stray cat and we call him Scruffy. Its a joy to adopt an animal 🙂

  14. Sherpa is the only Farm cat that came from a Shelter. The others all just found me. My husband says I am a cat magnet

  15. Oh nice! don’t really believe in all that superstition.

  16. Black cats have a special appeal to me! They look so gorgeous! Love them!

  17. I like the less work with an older cat. My son is very allergic to cats so cant be near them

  18. Great tips and thoughts to consider when adopting a cat. I like the idea of adopting older pets.

  19. Great tips if you’re considering adopting a cat, for sure. I didn’t know black cats were so over-looked!

  20. I’m not a cat person but awwww, I hate to hear that senior cats are not as loved. If I’m saving a life (human or animal), I’m all for it!!

  21. I love pets, and that’s why I don’t have any. I know my life is already too hectic to care for another, but these are great tips for those considering it!

  22. Thanks for the helpful advice it’s such a big decision taking on any pets I’m sure this blog post will help others to consider all the points before going ahead

  23. Such great tips. It’s important to really think through an animal adpotion since it’s forever. Or at least it should be.

  24. I’m thinking about adopting a puppy once we married thanks for sharing we’ve got a lot to consider.

  25. These are such great tips, you really need to stop and think before you take on any animal as they are a life long commitment.

  26. I have a persian cat before and it’s really a hard decision to take her in. There should be careful planning before adding a new pet in your home. Thanks for the tips!

  27. Love all of these they are spot on! I adopted a cat when she was considered an adult and these tips would have been very helpful back then !

  28. I wish I wasn’t so deathly allergic to cats or I would totally adopt one. We did adopt a dog last year, and I just love him to pieces.

  29. I grew up with a Cat Lady – my Grandmother had at one time 13 rescued cats and kittens. She could never turn one away. I have heard how Black Cats tend to be a bit neglected due to superstitions but not at my childhood home. I remember having at least 3 black cats 😀

  30. Really, I didnt know about that back cat dont get adopted. People do follow many superstitions.

  31. It is always better to adopt a cat from the shelter than to buy a kitten from a farm. Thank you for sharing what should be done before adopting, as I am sure people can find cat adoptions a bit intimidating without all of the info first!

  32. Hannah Marie says

    We will consider adopting a senior cat, your tips are really helpful. I hope I could find the best fit for us.

  33. sarah alexis says

    I adopted a cat without ever having had a cat before (I was a dog person) – and I fell in LOVE with him, I never realized how loving and rewarding cats could be!!!

  34. My bestfriend owes a jetblack cat that is quite terrifying when he stays in a dark corner. But also the sweetest cat I met.
    These are good tips and always take into considerations.

  35. I’d much rather adopt an older cat. Kittens are cute and fun, but too much energy for me!

  36. My friend adopted her cats and loves them to bits! I myself can’t do pets but I know so many people who love them more than actual people! LOL!

  37. Victoria Ess says

    These are great things to think about before making the decision to adopt.

  38. Adopting a senior cat makes sense they are already litter box trained and less likely be causing problems in the home like scratching your belongings!

  39. My grandparents had a black cat, and I always wanted one just like it. I adopted a black, older kitten from a shelter and she lived with us the rest of her 19 years.

  40. Stephanie LaPlante says

    I have senior cats and they have the best personalities. They are so full of love. I had a black cat who unfortunately passed away. He was the most amazing, loving, loyal, beautiful felines I’ve ever had. I’d do anything to go back in time to cuddle him again.

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