Older cats make perfect pets
OWNING a 'senior citizen' can be a wonderful and rewarding experience and you can be happy knowing that you have given an older feline a loving home in which to spend their retirement years, which can be fantastic for both of you!
With advances in veterinary care and more protective and informed owners, cats can expect to live way into their teens quite happily, so taking an older cat doesn't mean you will have to say your goodbyes too soon. You could have many happy years of love and purrs ahead of both of you.
At Forth Vally, we have been so lucky to have so many wonderful cat lovers who are prepared to take on our aged gentlemen and ladies of a certain age!
Even feline disabilities such as blindness and deafness don't deter our plucky cat owners who are determined to home an older cat.
Over the last 12 months we've had quite a few older cats who have come into the shelter and stolen our hearts. Baby (pictured right) was simply abandoned after her elderly owner died. The little girl, whose age was put around 12-15, was cast adrift for three years so it was no surprise that she had some health problems. Baby surprised us all with her resilience and one day a family from Perthshire walked into the shelter and knew that she was the one for them.
Little Maggie (pictured below), starving and close to death, weighed just over 1kg when she was handed into the SSPCA. Her fur was bedraggled and she was very weak.
But she responded well to our care and this plucky elderly lady never
complained. Gradually she began to improve but still no-one came forward to offer her a home. In the end it was two of our own volunteers who, realising how special Maggie was, knew they just couldn't be without her.
Maggie like all the others has found her forever home and as you can see from the lovely photo (below right)
she is a
very happy old lady!
Next time you visit a rescue centre give a thought to
homing an older cat because what you see is what you get. The loving affectionate kitty you meet in their pen will be the same loving affectionate kitty when you take them to your home.
Older cats really DO make perfect pets!