Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is a wonderful cause, and one that we are happy to help promote. Older kitties often have a very hard time getting adopted. This is very sad, because they have some unique charms that make them pretty purrfect pets. A local Apple Valley, MN vet lists some reasons to consider a senior cat in this article.
We think all cats are cute, but we do understand that some people have preferences. With a kitten, it’s hard to say exactly what Fluffy will look like when she’s all grown up. There’s no guessing involved with older felines!
Although every kitty has their own purrsonality, senior cats tend to be pretty calm and laid back. Many of them are also very tolerant of children. If you have little ones that get loud when they play, Fluffy will probably just find a quiet napping spot and tune out the noise.
Another great thing about older cats? They often cost less than younger felines. Plus, most likely Fluffy will already have been fixed. That will also save you money on veterinary care.
To be fair, kitties really never entirely outgrow their silly streaks. However, they slow down—way down—as they age. Fluffy will probably be more interested in sprawling out in her favorite sunbeam than in trying to scale your bookcase or knock everything off your coffee table.
Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. Since senior cats don’t have as much time ahead of them as kittens, the commitment is often shorter with them. Just be sure you know what to expect. Although Fluffy is officially considered a senior at age ten, many of our feline pals are living into their teens or even 20s these days. Your furball may still have many wonderful years of purrs, pounces, and naps ahead of her.
Older cats really are very sweet and charming. They make great lap warmers, and also have this old, wise air that is just a joy to be around. Fluffy also often tends to get very lovable and affectionate in her golden years. Purrs and nose boops from senior kitties are truly precious!
Do you have questions about caring for an older kitty? Contact us, your Apple Valley, MN animal clinic, anytime!