Adopting A Senior Cat

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! We love seeing any animals getting adopted, but we’re always extra thrilled when someone gives an older pet a second chance. Senior cats are just as cute and lovable as kittens, but they have a very hard time getting adopted. A local Aurora, CO vet offers some advice on adopting an older kitty in this article.

Make The Right Fit

Senior cats can make wonderful pets, but they aren’t necessarily the right fit for every household. If you have a young, rambunctious dog or a toddler that’s still in the terrible twos, an older cat may not be the best option. If you have a quiet household and/or your other pets are calm and well-behaved, Fluffy may be the purrfect fit.

Be Prepared To Commit

Older cats have some wonderful perks. They’re usually very calm and sweet. Fluffy will still have her playful moments, but she probably won’t be climbing the walls and continuously getting into mischief like a kitten would. In fact, she’ll spend most of her time sleeping. Talk about an easy keeper! However, senior pets do sometimes develop medical issues. Make sure you are ready, willing, and able to commit to caring for your feline pal until the rest of her life. It would be heartbreaking for her to be rehomed again at that age.

Provide A Comfy Environment  

Senior cats aren’t as agile as kittens. You may want to do a few things differently for Fluffy than you would if you were preparing for a baby furball. Get a litterbox with low walls, which will be easier for her to get in and out of. You may also want to opt for a few extra beds. As far as kitty furniture, choose things that are comfortable and easy to get in and out of.

Soak Up The Purrs

Our feline friends are very emotional and intuitive. They often get very, very attached to those who are kind to them. Fluffy may need time to settle in, and she may warm up to you gradually. Sooner or later, you’ll get that moment when she first cuddles up to you, purring, and gives you that heartmelting look of adoration cats are so good at. Helping an older animal is a special and beautiful experience, and one that can be very rewarding. Purrs from senior kitties are extra precious! 

Do you have any questions about senior cat care? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO pet hospital, today!

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