Dec 02 2013

Adopting the senior cat

Sleeping cat on couch

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I am a technician at Headon Forest Animal Hospital. I wanted to share with you my experience of adopting two senior cats. Remi is approximately 13 years old and I adopted him two years ago when he was found by Burlington Humane Society and was treated at our hospital for dehydration. Remi was so affectionate and handsome and seemed like a great fit for my family. As an older cat we knew his personality right away and there was no worries about litter box training or climbing furniture or curtains like kittens often do. He was already neutered so we did not have to incur that expense. Remi loves to cuddle and socialize and plays with his human brother with a catnip duck. Remi visits the clinic twice a year for routine wellness checks and we are very happy to have him in our family.

Twix is our second senior cat that we have agreed to be long term fosters for the Burlington Humane Society. He is approximately 11 years old and was VERY stressed at the shelter to the point of not wanting to eat. Twix would need periodic treatment for dehydration so being in a home was an easy solution. Now that he lives with our family, Twix eats well, is very active and social.

As there are a wide variety of furry friends varying in ages available for adoption, think about adopting a senior cat. When adopting an older cat, you benefit in skipping all the tougher stuff you would need to go through with a kitten such as litter training, inappropriate scratching and biting. You also know what you’re getting in terms of a cats’ temperament – senior cats already have their personalities developed so you know if he or she is a good fit for your family. Something to keep in mind as well is that senior cats aren’t defective – they have likely come from a loving home where their owners have either developed allergies, moved into a nursing home or apartment and can no longer keep their pet. Senior cats at adoption centers are usually up to date with routine vaccines and many have been neutered or spayed. Older cats are often content to just relax in your company whereas younger cats may get into trouble if they’re bored.

With both of my adopted senior cats, we quickly formed a close bond. They both seem to show a level of affection and attention that is exclusive to adopted older animals; Remi and Twix somehow know that I’ve provided them a forever loving home.

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