Kittens are adorable and when a family is considering adopting a cat, they often picture a cute, cuddly, fluffy kitten in their lap. They look great in photos, and they make people smile. But all kittens eventually grow up to be adult cats. Older pets make excellent pets and there are hundreds of thousands of adult cats waiting to find their forever and loving homes. There are a number of reasons why adopting a senior cat is a great option. Keep reading below to learn why welcoming a senior pet into your home might be the best option for you and your family:
In overcrowded shelters and humane societies, senior pets are often first on the list to be euthanized to make room for others. By adopting a senior cat, you have saved a life and can now provide a comfortable, loving home for her to spend her last years.
In many cases, senior cats have already undergone training reducing the amount of time you need to spend cleaning up poopy spots and offering more time for cuddling.
Senior cats may be calmer than young cats. Kittens are curious. They search around new places, knock things over, chew on things they shouldn’t. A senior cat has already developed her personality and it’s likely calmed down a bit. By choosing to adopt a senior cat, you can adopt based on your specific lifestyle. If you want a cat who is going to mind her own business most of the time, search for the most independent senior cat. If you want a cat who is likely to cuddle you every time you sit down, look for the cat who follows you around just to gain your attention.
For awareness purposes, we have compiled a list of the most common ailments in senior cats below. As you care for your senior cat it is important to watch for these illnesses and symptoms.
- Heart disease: The most common form is a disease of their heart muscle with an end result of congestive heart failure.
- Kidney disease: Toxins may build up in your cat’s system requiring some veterinary assistance. As cats age, the kidney is unable to filter as much as it once could.
- Arthritis: Joints become stiff as the cartilage between the joints wears down with age. Veterinarian often prescribes pain medication of some sort to help her remain comfortable. You may notice her sleeping more if she has arthritis.
- Dental disease: Just as with any animal (people, dogs, cats), the teeth begin to deteriorate over time (with age). Teeth may need to be pulled to make your cat more comfortable and prevent infection.
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