What Are The Most Commonly Overlooked Cats At Shelters?

Are you looking to adopt a cat? Perhaps you should consider the kitties that are most often overlooked.

There are countless cats of all ages and breeds available at animal shelters all over the world, and they’re all hoping that today will be the day that they’re taken to their loving forever homes. But some felines have a much harder time than others when it comes to grabbing the attention of adopters. If you really want to save the life of a cat in need, consider visiting your local shelters and rescues to see if any of the following kitties are up for adoption, as these are the ones that are most likely to be overlooked by the majority of shelter visitors.

Black Cats

Even though it’s the 21st century, many people, unfortunately, are still very superstitious when it comes to black cats. This results in many black felines being left behind, and a good number of them end up being euthanized in kill shelters that need space for other incoming cats in need.

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Another reason that many black cats are left behind is the simple fact that people seem to prefer cats that are more colorful and have lighter fur to show off. White, orange, calico, or tabby cats are more likely to grab the attention of a potential adopter, but this is a shame because black cats are known for their attractive appearance and super personalities.

In the end, every cat should be viewed in the same light, regardless of outward appearance. When it comes to picking your new pet, it should be about the connection you have with him or her and the unique personality exhibited by the animal.

Older Cats

Older felines are often dropped off at shelters by owners who no longer wish to care for them or by the relatives of a cat owner who passed away. Others are brought in as strays who got lost or who never had a home but are sociable enough to be adopted. The problem is that many people who are hoping to adopt a cat are searching for a younger kitty that they can train and that will be with them for a long time. But the truth is that older cats often have really sweet and loving dispositions. Their personalities are also set, so you won’t need to worry about them changing as they get older like you would with a kitten. And there’s no need to train an older cat either, who already knows the basics about living with humans peacefully. Bear in mind, too, that many older felines who are dumped off at shelters are extremely sad and lonely, so adopting one of these kitties would be just what they need to live out their golden years in health and happiness.

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Cats with Physical Impairments

From blind cats to disabled cats, there are many felines in need of homes who are physically impaired but otherwise perfectly healthy. In fact, blind cats can get by, playing and eating and using the litter box, just as well as any other cat. And all of these kitties are just as loving and loyal as their healthier counterparts. Special needs cats will love you forever, and they’ll always be grateful to you for giving them a home they can feel comfortable and safe in, so definitely consider bringing one into your family.

Sick Cats

Cats in shelters often get sick with viral diseases like the feline herpes virus, but some shelter cats have chronic conditions, such as FIV or FeLV, as well as other physical ailments like chronic skin issues.

If you’re going to adopt cats who have a condition like FIV or FeLV, which is easily transmitted to other cats and is deadly, make sure you’re ready for the challenge of caring for these animals and that they’ll either be housed only with other felines who have the same condition or no other cats at all, as the last thing that you would want is for the disease to spread to healthy kitties.

When it comes to other chronic but not contagious diseases, opening your heart and your home to these cats will create a special, unforgettable bond, and you can make their lives as comfortable and fun as possible, especially if you work with a vet who can integrate the best of conventional and holistic medicine to heal your new pet or at least give him the best quality of life possible.

Lisa Selvaggio
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