|Purred: Thu Mar 1, '07 7:41am PST |
|My personal experience-older ex-tomcats are the most laidback and calm. They still know how to fight if need be, but if they've been fixed they don't go looking for it anymore. Mine have all handled visiting children very well but our son doesn't ever have anything to do with any animal in the house, so it's a pretty quiet house overall. Some of my neighbors also have ex-toms and we all have had the same experience. They're quiet, low-key, not very playful, already litter box trained, gotten through that curious always-getting-in-trouble stage, and can take care of themselves.
1)they may not get along well with other animals. My Old Bear never did until my other one came along-but she was a kitten. He tolerated her fairly well and they still get along two years later.
2)they will always be indoor/outdoor. They are survivors, but if you only want an indoor cat (I think I remember you saying that)an ex-tom may not be the best in that respect. IMO it would be cruel to keep a cat indoors completely when they've roamed all their lives and know freedom like that. Should you get a kitten that has only ever been an inside cat, that's different.
Only my opinions, but like someone else mentioned, older cats, especially beat-up looking ex toms like mine, are much harder to adopt than those cute cuddly balls of fur.
Just a few things you might want to consider.
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