Adopting a cat from a shelter rather than other avenues means you are helping, and not contributing to, the pet overpopulation problem.
The cost of adopting a pet at an animal shelter is usually much less expensive than buying one from a breeder or pet store.
Often cats adopted from shelters have already been spayed or neutered. Most of them have also been wormed and vaccinated.
Shelter cats have often adjusted to being around other animals.
Many people express that adopting a cat from a shelter is extremely spiritually rewarding – knowing that they are saving a life (some shelters euthanize animals for population control) and giving them a new home.
Benefits of Adopting an Adult Cat
Adopting a mature cat is less maintenance. You do not have to go through the demanding and time-consuming stage of raising a kitten.
Adult cats are independent and do not need anyone home with them during the day. Purrr-fect for busy, employed or active people.
Adult cats are often litter-box trained (although initial mistakes are possible in the beginning until the cat is used to its new surroundings) and are more likely to have some basic training.
Adopting a mature cat leaves little room for unpleasant surprises. You will have an accurate idea of the cat’s temperament, full-grown size, coat, etc.
Adult cats are more likely to have already been spayed, neutered and fully vaccinated.