Longer-life cats are left on the shelf.
Cats are living longer, but the homeless feline senior citizen is being overlooked.
Improvements in cat care have greatly raised the life expectancy and
quality of life for cats across the UK, including the older cats, aged
ten and over, being looked after by the Swindon Branch.
However, the bad news is that owners still appear to choose a cute,
fluffy kitten or young cat over an older cat – and this puts a massive
strain on us.
Whilst ten years ago the household moggie could have been expected to
live to around thirteen, today’s life expectancy is much higher, and we
have seen many cats surviving to their late-teens and early-20s in
remarkably good health.
However, their longer existence places Swindon Branch under strain
because older cats can block up pen spaces for many months, which means
we are unable to help other needy cats or kittens until the older ones
are found new homes.
It is a shame because older cats have a lot to offer, as they tend to be
lap cats and have much more settled natures. Though we do our very
best to care for older cats, life in a cat pen is no substitute for a
permanent home so I would urge people to consider adopting an older cat.
To offer a cat a home, please call us on 01793 644536