Older Cats Need Homes Too



 Older Cats Need Homes Too

If you have taken the decision to bring a cat home to be part of your family, then you have two main options to choose between. First, you could buy a cat from a pet shop or from someone whose pet cat has had kittens. Second, you could adopt a cat from any of the local cat rescue centres run by animal charities such as the RSPCA.

There are some breeds of cat that are sold as pedigrees that are bred specifically for sale. You can adopt those breeds through cat rescue centres from time to time, though you may have to wait a while or travel to a more distant shelter to do so. Adopting such cats reduces the demand for pedigree cats to be bred for sale.

However, most cats that end up in cat rescue centres are there because they have been abandoned, neglected or just because they have been born to a cat whose owners did not want to take the responsibility for finding homes for them. Many of those are kittens, and they tend to find homes relatively easily because they are cute and playful, and people tend to want to adopt a kitten because they feel they will have their pet for more years.

Whilst it’s fair to say that kittens have the benefit of youth on their side, there are many adult cats up for adoption from cat rescue centres that would make terrific pets. With an adult cat, you know what you’re getting: their personality has already developed (and the staff at the centre will be able to guide you towards one with a temperament that would suit your family) and they are usually toilet-trained too.

Adult cats want to play less often than kittens do, but they do still enjoy plenty of interaction and when they are in the right mood they do love a good play.

There is a downside to adopting an older cat, particularly one aged over 12 years: their health can deteriorate and they may need more vet care as they age. You can prepare for that by taking out pet insurance, and an awareness of how to help your cat to stay healthy will improve the chances that your cat will live for many years without problems. Yet older cats are loving and will be very loyal to their main carer, following them around the house and sitting beside them or on their knee for as long as their owner sits still.

Some older cats spend months in cat rescue centres waiting to be rehomed, which is so sad because they have so much love to give and only need a caring owner to take them to a proper home.

So if you are thinking of bringing home a cat, adopt an older cat and give that cat the chance of a good home for the rest of its life.

This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).

Michelle


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  1. vickie marks allbright says:

    i love this article so many ppl get kittens and when they grow older and out of the baby cute stage abandon them it is so sad i am a huge cat lover

  2. My daughter is a vet Tech and some of the stories about why people get rid of their animals are so sad. People want things easy and when it gets difficult they would just as soon get rid of the problem than spend a little time trying to solve a problem. It’s so sad. We have adopted cats and dogs because of this and I love them all =D

  3. Lavada McReynolds says:

    I have two cats, adopted as kittens from the shelter, who will soon be 12 yrs old! Older cats can be great pets given proper care and lots of love!!

  4. Thank you for such a great review on adopting a cat.
    Whatever people decide to adopt, they need to take it serious, a kitty is a part of the family too!

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