Did you know that senior cats often have a very hard time getting adopted? Kittens often find loving homes very quickly, but older pets can languish in shelters for weeks or even months. If you’re considering adopting a new feline friend, why not give a senior kitty a great retirement? A Champaign, IL vet discusses adopting older cats below.
Benefits Of Senior Cats
Senior cats actually have some wonderful qualities. For one thing, Fluffy will probably spend most of her time sleeping. She won’t be as feisty or destructive as a baby furball, and she won’t need as many toys. Older pets also tend to be very calm and lovable. Your fuzzy friend may just want to snuggle up on your lap or curl up beside you as you watch TV! Plus, because kitties in their golden years don’t have as much time left as kittens, adopting one isn’t as long of a commitment. Finally, you may also save money on both adoption fees and veterinary care costs. Most adoptable senior cats have already been fixed. And, because they’re harder to find homes for, shelters often offer them at lower rates.
Do you have other pets? Take introductions slowly. First impressions are a big deal to our feline buddies! You’ll also need to consider your other furry buddies before adopting an older cat. If you have a young, boisterous puppy, little Fido may be too much for Fluffy.
Helping Fluffy Settle
Going to a new home can be scary and stressful for our furry friends. Fluffy will also need some time to recuperate from the stress of being in a shelter. If you have a big family, a large house, and/or other pets, your new kitty may be a bit overwhelmed. Offer her a quiet, comfy place to settle in. A spare bedroom is perfect. Set Fluffy up in there, and slowly let her explore.
Keep Fluffy’s age in mind when shopping. You can find, toys, treats, litterboxes, and even furniture made just for older kitties. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Purrs And Snuggles
Our feline pals are of course adorable as kitties, but they also make charming elders. You may find that Fluffy very quickly melts your heart. Senior cat purrs are really very special!
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