Now that kitten season is winding down, older cats ready patiently in shelters for ceaselessly properties can now bask within the highlight a bit extra. Whereas few issues are cuter than kittens, we expect there’s a lot to purr about with regards to older cats, particularly senior ones.
November is Undertake a Senior Pet Month, so it’s a good time to think about adopting a mature feline. Older shelter cats are simply as loving, loyal and pleasant as younger ones, however sometimes the final to be adopted. In line with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.2 million cats discover their means into animal shelters yearly. Some — about 90,000 or so — are fortunately reunited with their house owners, and 1.6 million fortunate cats are adopted. Sadly, that leaves 860,000 unfortunate cats that find yourself being euthanized yearly. A lot of these are greater than 10 years outdated and are tragically neglected by potential adopters simply due to their age.
How outdated is taken into account “senior” in cat years? Opinions fluctuate barely, however, in keeping with the Cornell College School of Veterinary Medication, a 10-year-old cat is comparable age-wise to a 53-year-old particular person, a 12-year-old cat to a 61-year-old particular person and a 15-year-old cat to a 73-year-old. Cats have been recognized to reside into their early 20s. In line with the “Guinness World Data 2010,” Cream Puff, from Austin, Texas, lived to be 38 years outdated.
Older cats might have a bit of further TLC to reside a cushty life. Common wellness exams, medicine if wanted, correct meals, heat locations to sleep, light grooming, quick access to issues they get pleasure from and plenty of love will assist your cat get pleasure from their golden years.
There are a lot of causes to think about adopting a senior cat. What you see is what you get. Their personalities are well-established, so that you’ll know in the event that they’re an excellent match for your loved ones, whereas a kitten’s modifications because it grows older. A senior cat has been uncovered to plenty of sights, sounds and smells, so they may typically settle into a brand new house extra rapidly. They want much less supervision than a kitten and thrive on routine.
Fourteen years younger Kona, a stupendous tuxedo kitty, discovered himself at Marin Humane after his proprietor moved away and he rapidly grew to become a volunteer favourite. One of many cat volunteers wrote: “Kona is a love sponge, simply absorbing all the eye he can get. In return, he offers FaceTime an entire new which means by rubbing his face on mine and giving kisses whereas purring loudly. He finally settled in my lap, kneading and purring, content material to remain there ceaselessly.”
In honor of Nationwide Undertake a Senior Pet Month, contemplate adopting an older animal. Kittens and puppies don’t keep in shelters for lengthy, so by adopting a senior, you actually know you’re saving a life.
Nancy Weiler is a volunteer and Lisa Bloch is the director of selling and communications at Marin Humane, which contributes Tails of Marin articles and welcomes animal-related questions in our group. Go to marinhumane.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or discover us on social media @marinhumane.