Adopting A Pet: Part Two Age & Gender Considerations

Trying to decide whether to adopt a mature pet, or a young one?

Each has their own unique advantages and disadvantages.



PRO – Mature pets often are already potty-trained, and socialized.  Furthermore, what you see in the pet is what you get – their physical make-up, behaviour, health and temperament are well established, so there are fewer surprises, and it’s easier to evaluate potential problems.

CON – Adult pets may have previously established behavioural or medical issues, due to prior life experiences (examples include separation anxiety, fear or intolerance of other pets/people, etc)


Young Pets (Puppy/Kitten):

PRO – When you get a pet at a young age, you have the opportunity to maximize your time with them as they grow into adulthood. In addition, they are less likely to have previously established behavioural or medical issues to address.

CON – More training is typically involved in owning young pets, because they will not have had exposure the way older pets have had. Furthermore, they are at an impressionable stage of stage, so how they will ultimately turn out (size and temperament) is still changing and developing – for better or worse!




Choosing between a male or female pet?

Sometimes veterinarians are asked whether it is easier raising a male or female pet.  While either are viable options, things to keep in mind include:

Females tend to mature faster than males, which can be advantageous when it comes to obedience and house training, as they typically learn the routine faster.  And while females tend to be more docile, they can also be more demanding in terms of affection.  Females, when in heat, are more likely to be restlessly, and often more vocal. There is also the chance of pregnancy, should the female get out unsupervised and mate.

Males are more likely to try to exert their dominance over their owners or other pets, as well as be more defensive over their territory. If your pet is not neutered (males) or spayed (females), you will find certain behaviour traits will present themselves. For example, males will be more likely to roam or seek the outdoors, in search of a mate. Males, especially cats, will also be more likely to spray urine to mark their territory. 

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