Pet of the Week-Morgana

An 8-year-old cat named Morgana is the Pet of the Week. (Contributed photo)

Dear Tabby,

We are ready to adopt a pet. My wife really wants a puppy or a kitten, but I’m leaning toward an adult pet. Can you help me to convince her that an adult will be easier to add to our family?

Adopting in Woodland Heights

Dear Adopting,

I think we can all agree here: There is nothing cuter than a puppy or a kitten. This is why puppies and kittens are often the first to get adopted from shelters. Who can resist those tiny bodies, adorable faces and the promise of a clean slate? I get it. And, obviously, adopting a young animal means that you’ll (hopefully) have the maximum amount of time to love them as you’re bringing them into your home (and your heart) at such a young age.

But, there is something to be said for adopting an older pet, too. Here are some ideas to help convince your wife that an adult pet might be the way to go.

They’re often easier

By adopting a mature pet, you might miss the boat on those difficult stages of development that often include extreme energy, chewing and potty training. Adult pets will often come to you with a more calm demeanor and they might have worked through a fair amount of the bad behaviors that often come along with puppies and kittens. Some dogs who have been owned by other people or been in a foster home might even come to you being fully potty trained and even knowing commands.

You know their personality

With more mature dogs and cats, you can get a better sense of what their personality is and what it will continue to be. Puppies and kittens are a blank slate so, while you can often mold them into the type of pet you want, an older animal’s temperament is already more established and you can pick and choose the animal that best fits your home and family.

You’re saving a life

Like I said before, puppies and kittens have the best chances in a shelter for being adopted, but older pets often have to wait a very long time to find their new beginning. By adopting a more mature pet, you are saving not only their life, but also helping the shelter to make space to bring in more needy pets who desperately need a place to go.

They’re more affordable

When you first get a puppy or kitten, you might feel as though you’re spending all of your time and your money at the vet’s office. Baby animals need lots of care in that first year -- from vaccines to spay and neuter -- and this can get expensive. If you choose an older pet, they will very likely already be fully vetted as well as fixed. All you’ll have to budget for is food and maybe a quick well-check to establish them as a patient at your vet.

Whether you decide to go with a baby or an adult pet, adopting is still the way to go. By adopting, you are lessening the strain on area shelters and saving countless animals’ lives in the process. Thank you for considering adoption over purchasing from a breeder and I know that whomever you choose as your new four-legged family member will be so lucky to share their life with you!

Do you have a question for Tabby? Email her at deartabby@questions@gmail.com.

PET OF THE WEEK

Meet Morgana. Morgana is an 8-year-old stunner who was found abandoned outside of a shelter. Once the staff got to know her, it became a huge mystery as to how someone could let a lovely gal like this go. Morgana is an incredibly sweet, laid-back kitty who would fit in perfectly into most any home -- just in time to nap under the Christmas tree. Think you could find a spot for her under yours? To learn more, go to www.cap4pets.org.

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