by Helen Hartel
Thinking about adopting a cat? Consider a feline that is eight or older. You are truly saving a life because they are some of the hardest to find homes for.
There are many perks that you may not have considered when you adopt a senior. Here are a few:
- With an adult cat, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you’ll be able to spot the characteristics you’re looking for. The shelter volunteers are able to assess the personality of each pet for adoption, and carefully match you up with the right cat for your lifestyle.
- You can teach old cat new tricks. Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
- Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored and they make great napping buddies.
- In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
- Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching, and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
- A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting.
Senior pet adoption equals an instant friend for life. Ask anybody who has adopted an adult cat, and they’ll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to an older cat that needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life!
Pets who have been uprooted from their homes or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers who they view as heroes. Pets who find themselves in the shelter because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family often go through a mourning period, but once they are adopted, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero–YOU!
No matter what circumstances brought them to the shelter, older pets are exceptionally affectionate and attentive and extremely loyal companions. But first you have to adopt one. You will be saving a life and making way for another to win a home. When you adopt a senior cat from a shelter, you earn major karma points. You are also making it possible for the shelter to showcase other strays to help them find homes.