6 Gratifying Reasons To Adopt A Senior Cat
Sure, kittens are cute, but senior cats are the perfect pets because they’re fully equipped with priceless pet experience! Here’s why you shouldn’t overlook these shelter gems.
Even though tiny kittens and young cats are adorable and squee-inducing as you walk through your local animal shelter, a senior cat in need of a home will be just as beautiful, loving, and loyal as any young cat will be.
Need some reasons to consider adopting a senior kitty and save his life in the process? You’ve come to the right place! Here are just a few of the best reasons why you should add a senior cat into your family.
A Fully Developed Personality
Kittens are still growing and developing, not only in body but also in mind, so when you adopt a kitten, you don’t really know what you’re in for. The opposite is true, though, of senior kitties, provided that they aren’t so frightened or stressed in shelters that they hide their true colors.
Senior cats’ personalities are already developed, so you’ll know if you’re adopting an independent kitty who will give you space or a kitty who really wants to snuggle up with you every chance he gets. You’ll also know whether the senior cat will be okay with living in a home with other pets, including other felines.
Related: How To Bond With Your New Senior Cat
A Calm Attitude
Kittens and young cats have a lot of energy to expend, which means they often don’t think twice of running around the house (in the middle of the night) and accidentally knocking things over or using their claws where they shouldn’t. Adult cats, on the other hand, don’t need to learn the ropes, so there’s less disciplining and training and more relaxing with your furry friend.
A senior cat will more than likely be completely content just lounging around, eating delicious food, and spending time with you. He may be up for playing for a little while every day, but he won’t have the energy that a younger cat has, so you can take things easy.
A senior cat will already know how to use the litter box, how to use the scratching post without scratching the furniture, and how to behave around humans. Again, with less training involved, you can instead spend more time simply enjoying your new pet’s company.
Fewer Initial Medical Procedures
When you adopt a kitten, you typically need to give him a series of necessary vaccinations, as well as deworming medications, to ensure he is healthy. Once old enough, your kitten will also need to be spayed/neutered as well.
But when you adopt a senior kitty, it’s more likely that there won’t be a need for a spay/neuter surgery. And a senior cat may not need deworming medications or the entire set of vaccines that a kitten would need, though your vet may recommend booster shots, if necessary.
Of course, you should have your adopted cat, whether he’s a kitten or a senior, examined by your veterinarian to ensure he’s in good health.
Save a Life and Get Unconditional Love in Return
Seniors are some of the hardest cats to place in homes, so many of them end up either in no-kill shelters for extended periods of time, or in kill shelters to be euthanized. By adopting a senior kitty, you’ll be saving his life before it’s too late.
Many pet owners who have adopted senior cats will sense that their pets know they were saved. In return, these animals live out the rest of their lives showing their human companions unconditional love and friendship.
Offering a Second Chance
When adopting a senior kitty, try to get as much information as possible about his past homes and medical history. The rescue may be able to tell you how he ended up in the shelter, and this could clue you into the life he used to live. Was the cat neglected, for example, or did he live with an elderly individual who passed away? No matter what, by adopting a senior cat, you’ll be giving him a second chance to enjoy life again and be comfortable for the rest of his days.