When it comes to choosing between a cat and a kitten, many owners prefer to opt for the kitten due to the cuteness. In saying this, people will often not take in to account their own circumstances and the behavioural characteristics of either cats or kittens that best suit their situation.
Cats vs Kittens
Cats and kittens differ greatly in their behaviour. Although kittens will eventually grow in to cats and change their behaviour, they initially start off requiring constant attention; training, playtime and are full of energy. On the other hand, cats are a lot more patient and require less attention, having a very mellow attitude with little energy – they tend to spend most of their time lounging around.
When it comes to interactions with other pets and children, there are some major differences that should be considered before purchasing either a cat or a kitten. Cats are generally great at getting along with children, usually the younger the better, however kittens tend to scratch or bite kids when they feel threatened. In saying this though, kittens are better with other animals or older cats as they blend easily, whereas cats can get very territorial and start fights.
Kittens require milk from their mothers along with a high-calorie diet that is high in protein. As they grow older, their diet begins to change in to food with low calories, high protein with minerals and a constant supply of water. Older cats can also add some rodents in to their diets as they progress their hunting skills – which also makes them a great addition to the house if you have rodent o pest problems.
When determining which would best suit your needs, you will need to take a number of things in to account to see whether a cat or a kitten is your best option. If you have children or not a lot of time to train and give attention, a cat should be your pick. However if you can truly spend a lot of time training and giving your kitten attention, then maybe a kitten will suit your lifestyle.
The most important thing to remember is when deciding, make sure to see if you can fully provide for all the needs or the kitten, as they require a lot more time, patience and attention than a cat requires.
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