Can You Successfully Adopt a Senior Cat?

By Valdette Muller| February 10, 2017 | Blog


It is a sad reality that in most shelters, older cats are often the last to be adopted, and the first to be euthanized.

Shelters have been known to euthanize older cats to make space for kittens that are more likely to find homes.

Most kittens are adorable, fluffy and sweet, but are not a great fit for every family. Kittens require training and need a lot of play time as they easily become bored.

Older cats are calmer and more relaxed and will definitely not be as destructive as a kitten would be in the home. A senior cat may well be acquainted with basic household etiquette which is especially helpful when it comes to bed time routines.

An older cat’s personality will be fully developed, it is hard to tell what a playful kitten will be like as an adult cat.

Most senior cats would have had all their inoculations, which will save you money as they will not need a complete series of vaccinations and deworming such as those that a kitten would require. The same may apply for spaying and neutering which is a costly but necessary procedure.

Adult cats from previous homes are most likely to be housebroken and litter box trained. This is a huge plus for those who are away from the home during the day. No cleaning up of a kitten’s mess when you come home! They may also know how to use a scratching post to sharpen their claws, and your carpets and furniture will be kept safe from damage.

Senior cats have longer attention spans and are easier to train than kittens. An older cat will not require as much play time as a kitten and will often be content just to relax in your company. Many seniors want nothing more than to curl up and relax near you as you sleep, read or watch TV. They also make great napping partners!

Cats are considered “senior” from 11 -14 years of age. Many cats do, however live into their late teens or even twenties, so a senior cat may have a good many years left to live. Don’t be afraid to adopt a senior because you are afraid that they won’t be with you for long.

In most cases, by adopting a senior cat you will literally be saving its life


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