I agree 100% with Blakeney Green. I have experience in both topics with both of my cats. We adopted Whiskey first, she was supposedly 4 years old at the time. She was very, very skittish at first. She would hide in the drying machine, under the bed, in closets, etc. She would barely eat her food at first. Luckily, she was the only animal in the house, so there was no introducing her to anyone. She finally came around after a few weeks and is a VERY loving animal. however, there are many moments where she is still skittish, but overall she has adapted very well. She is a very calm natured cat. We have had no issues with her trying to scratch on the furniture.
A year and a half later, we adopted Toby. He was 14 weeks at the time. This was back in September. And I will tell you, he is absolutely adorable and fun 24/7....but much more work than Whiskey. He would try to scratch on the furniture (even with available scratch posts), so we had to work on breaking him out of that. He has an obsession with tearing up a whole roll of toilet paper, still to this day. He terrorizes our older cat, Whiskey. But, to be fair, she would run him under the couch when he was a little thing, so maybe, he's just getting her back.
However, I will say, I would do both all over again. My heart goes out to the older cats, because, I feel like most people want a cute kitten to begin with...I can't blame them, they are so cute! If it were me, and you plan on getting more than one cat one day, I would start with a kitten. There really is something special about raising an animal since they are tiny. I feel like Toby is more attached to me than Whiskey is. And then, if you ever want one more, try getting an older cat. I'm looking at adopting again in the spring time, not sure which I'll even do, but kittens can be a handful.
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