GlassWolf wrote:anecdoted and personal experiences are not factual data, and cannot replace factual data.
There are plenty of adult pets in shelters who are perfectly well adjusted and need a home. People surrender pets for a myriad of reasons, such as losing their home, that has nothing at ALL to do with the pet's behavior.
The fact stands that plenty of adult pets in shelters make perfetly good pets if you give them half a chance, which some of you are unwilling to even consider doing. That's the tragedy of such an attitude based on a bad experience and misinformation.
I can only speak from my own experience, and for obvious reasons I rank that experience somewhat higher than many of the third party comments.
Your substantially off track in howing into those of us who prefer to adopt a young cat for very specific and conscious reasons to do with the pets psychology. But then perhaps you are a believer in Nature over Nurture?
Having watched one cat educate another a number of times, I have to say most people substantially underestimate the mental faculties of their pets!!
And with regards to adopting pets from shelters, or local strays, I have done so at least 6 times over the years, and I have adopted kittens about twice as often.
Not all "shelter cats" have behavioural problems - but in my (limited) experience more than 50% do.
And yes I adopted a stray who was in need of assistance - and he lived out the rest of his life in luxurious comfort. (I often wonder whether the other two boys were out around the neighborhood boasting...)
I also stand by my previous comments - the stray was very sweet, but was also difficult, and caused trouble with the rest of the houselhold - it took well over 12 months for him to start settling down, and even then "boss cat" never accepted him. And yes when he was upset with us, he did let us know by leaving a warm smelly pile in a prominent location.
In years gone by I had a boy/girl pair of burmese who totally loved each other - when the boy died (run over... young) - the girl started to go nuts... did weird things.... the "warm pile" trick came up several times in this case, a couple of times in the kitchen sink, once in a pair of slippers, and once directly outside the shower cubicle WHILE I WAS SHOWERING!!!
Behavioural issues in cats like in humans are a sign of serious mental upset... and having a badly behaved previous owner, or spending time with a shelter owner who doesn't handle the cats with sympathy can some of the causes...
Some years back, I was looking for a kitten, and visited a breeder, among the kittens there, there was one that the breeder truly hated - the way she handled the poor kitten was actually quite shocking - it was a "throwback" - didn't have the desirable "look" and "colouring" - needless to say I rescued that kitten.
He ended up being a very sweet cat, but he never totally overcame his paranoia, also worried someone would start beating up on him. I adopted him at 12 weeks, and from what I saw, he had had most of 12 weeks of being treated like dirt, while his siblings were being treated like kings... (they had the "right look")
At the breeders when I first saw him, he was hiding under some furniture... in fear - when I asked about him, the literally dragged him out.... - and then "stroked" him with strokes that resembled blows....(the other cats were not handled this way)
No help for it - he had issues, but we managed and he became an important member of the household. (He grew into a huge cat too!)
Still young is maleable - it is easier to teach them the household rules when young - when older, it sometimes can become a fight over who is boss...
bye for now