Often overlooked in animal shelters, older cats get a bad rap for being combative and aloof, but that’s not true at all! Like adult humans, they have all the drama behind them and want to have a good nap. In between naps, old kittens love to relax and be happy. They are the ideal companion for comfortable cuddling and the quiet life.
But what is age in cats? With advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition, and general cat grooming guidelines, the age rating for cats has been raised to 12-14 years old from 8 years of age, according to Richard Goldstein, DVM, of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
With his oldest cat patient at the age of 22, Dr. Goldstein: “Getting older is not a disease. While older cats are more likely to get other conditions, some older cats are perfectly normal and do not change at all. “
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While older cats may need extra grooming to keep their aging bodies comfortable and healthy, these cats have so much to offer. When it is time to bring a cat home, consider a senior and give them the eternal home they deserve for their golden years.
Reasons for Adopting an Older Cat
1. Seniors know who they are
An older cat knows who they are, and so will you when you meet them. By the time a cat turns ten, their personalities, likes and dislikes have been formed. Just like we do when we get older. Every year older defines who we are a little bit more and it’s the same with cats. If you want to know who to bring home, adopt an older cat.
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2. Fast settlers
Older cats know a thing or two about the world. They have experienced a lot in their more than ten years of life, so going back to a new place shouldn’t be so stressful. Old kittens have seen, done, and smelled a lot so they’re just ready to settle down with nice people and a comfortable place to nap. That said, new environments will pique a cat’s curiosity regardless of its age. So just be ready for nervous behavior as they take in their new surroundings. Treats and kind words work wonders.
3. Less supervision
Let’s admit it, kittens are little bundles of anger wrapped in fur. They need constant supervision as they are wild babies learning their place in the world. Older cats have pretty much learned what’s kosher and what isn’t. You don’t have to chase old cats off counters or shelves like the youth do. You also don’t have to keep explaining why the houseplants are not suitable for digging. Plus, older cats already know how to use a litter box. No potty training is definitely a bonus!
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4. Purrfect Napping Buddies
Cats sleep an average of 12-16 hours a day. Older cats tend to add a couple of hours to this average. All of that sleep means you have the best lunchtime snuggly friend ever!
5. Smaller chances of finding a Twilight home
In animal shelters, it’s often the kittens that find a home forever, which means that dozens of older cats are still waiting for their twilight home. The ASPCA reports that an estimated 3.2 million cats enter shelters each year, many of the cats are over ten years old. Of those rescued, 90,000 cats will be returned to their families, while 1.6 million cats will be taken into new homes. Unfortunately, 860,000 cats are euthanized each year because they cannot find a home or are considered unacceptable. By adopting older cats, we can save thousands of cat lives each year.
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6. Still looking for love
Cats form bonds throughout their lives, which reinforces the fact that older cats still have so much love to give. Could you be an old kitten’s closest love? We think so!
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Older cats may not want to play and gallop as much as younger cats, but they love and cuddle just as hard. Older cats prove that mustache comes with age!
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