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Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat


MiscPhoto-SeniorCatTop10-011. Aren’t you getting better with age? A cat does too!
A senior cat’s personality is already fully developed. That means you’ll know if a cat is a lap lover or free spirit and you’ll know if you’ve found a good fit for you and your family right away.

2. A senior cat has retired from the interior design business.
You won’t be coming home to knocked over plants, tipped over TVs, or toilet paper confetti.

3. Litter box as Zen garden.
A senior cat is most likely already house trained and will create beautiful works of art in the litter box as opposed to the living room.

4. What you see is what you get.
Because a senior cat is already full-grown, you can pick a cat in the size/weight class that suits you.

5. Crazy kitty hour is cancelled.
A senior cat is not likely to go running through your apartment in the wee hours of the night sounding like a Clydesdale.

MiscPhoto-SeniorCatTop10-026. A senior cat will pay attention to you.
A senior cat has a better attention span than a kitten. So, if you need to teach your new feline friend something — like how to use a scratching post (though he will most likely already know how) — your kitty is likely to pay attention and not bound off to chase that invisible dot on the wall.

7. He’s still got it!
A senior cat still has tons of playful energy and will let you know which playtime activities he prefers.

8. You can just hang with your homie in your home.
A senior cat will be happy to sit near you and take a nap while you watch TV, pay bills, read a book, or do other things. Not much can beat that feeling of companionship.

9. Remember, a cat has nine lives.
That means a senior cat most likely has some good years ahead of him — and his golden years may be his best ones yet! A cat is considered mature at age 7 and a senior at age 11. Many house cats live well into their late teens or even into their twenties. So, let the good times (and balls) roll!

10. You are doing your part for recycling.
A senior cat in a shelter knows what it’s like to be in a home and will be extremely grateful to be out of the shelter and in a home again. Senior cats are often the hardest to find homes for, so you will be literally saving a life. And, when your senior kittizen is curled up and purring, be sure to listen carefully: he just may be sharing stories of his past lives. Thanks to you, he has a future to purr about too.