When most people think about adopting a cat, they often prefer kittens. That’s why animal shelters can easily find people to adopt kittens but have a much harder time getting people to adopt adult cats who may have already formed habits.

So if you’re looking for a cat, consider adopting an older one. Adult cats might not be as playful as a kitten, but they can still make great lifelong companions. Adopting an adult cat is especially important at no-kill shelters that find themselves overrun with adult cats over time.

To read about one no-kill shelter’s problems in getting people to adopt older cats, click here.