I've heard people comment that they would rather adopt a younger cat that they would have longer or that would be more playful. After adopting The Dude as a teeny 2 1/2 pound kitten that used to get stuck behind bookshelves or under the stove, I'd much rather have an older, calmer cat!
We adopted Ozzy and Cocoa as 7 year old cats and they're still fun and playful at 12 years old. One of my first cats lived to be almost 17, and she was active and healthy until the end. I don't miss looking for our little maniac kitten, as he's now a 5 year old 16 pound tiger who's pretty easy to find. Serena is our permanent kitten at age 5 with her round face and squeaky meow, plus she still chases her tail!
Buddy Dog Humane Society does have many younger cats with short hair and different colors, but if you're looking for a fluffy love bug, go meet Winston, Star or Ella as soon as possible!