Why You Should Open Your Heart To A Senior Cat This November

An adoption cat who has had the same owners / care takers for 20 years. She is very small, but in good health. She was living in Houston, and moved to the Florida Keys approximately 3 years ago.

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November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, and we cat lovers could not be happier about it. We know that kittens are adorable and hard to resist, but there is so much to love about owning a senior cat.

If you’ve been thinking of opening up your home to a new feline friend, then we urge you to look into adopting a sweet senior.

Here are five reasons senior cats rule.

1. Most Of The Time, They’re Already Trained

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Senior cats are often surrendered at shelters after living in a domestic, home environment for a long time. Because they have lived in a house before, they are likely to already be litter trained and have the etiquette of a house cat.

Kittens may not know that 2:30 AM is not the time to start playing whack-a-mole with your toes, but a senior cat knows.

2. They Are So Grateful

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Imagine living most of your life in comfort where you don’t have to worry about food or shelter. Then, for some reason unbeknownst to you, you are suddenly dropped into a place that has hundreds of confused, sad, and scared people in it, and you’re one of them. This is often the situation for senior cats in shelters.

Senior cats are given up for a myriad of reasons, whether it be because an owner passed away or because the previous owner did not feel responsible enough to care for the cat any longer. Whatever the reason, the senior cat that was dumped does not understand it and will usually be frightened in their new shelter life.

When you rescue a senior cat from this scenario, you are quite literally their savior. They will know this and give you all the sandpaper kisses and snuggles to prove their eternal gratefulness for saving them.

3. Senior Cats Are Cool As Cucumbers

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Senior cats don’t need as much exercise and stimulation as a two-month-old kitten does. Most of the time, senior cats are completely content sunbathing near a window or snuggling up next to you.

While seniors do need to spend quality time with their owners, their demand for attention is nowhere near as large as with a kitten who needs to be trained and socialized.

4. You Know Their Personalities

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When you adopt an adorable kitten, it’s difficult to tell what their temperament may be as an adult. When you adopt a senior cat, those personalities have been in place for a long time.

Adopting a senior cat allows you to truly find a cat whose personality matches yours and your family’s needs.

Even if your new senior cat has some habits that aren’t ideal, it’s still possible to teach an old cat new tricks and manners.

5. You’re Giving Them A Second Chance At Life

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Kittens usually don’t have a difficult time finding forever homes. People are drawn to their tiny cuteness, adorable mews, and everything kitten related.

Senior cats, unfortunately, don’t have that natural magnetism. They’re often looked over for younger cats, and if they’re in a shelter that’s hitting capacity, then they’re the first ones to be put on the euthanization list. Senior cats are just as loving, adorable, silly, playful, and rewarding as kittens. Why not bring one into your home?

We don’t want to shame anyone for wanting a kitten. We get it. But if you are thinking about bringing a furry friend home, please consider taking home a senior cat.

There are so many rescues that have senior cat programs, such as Jake’s Place, Good Old Tails, and Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, that help find forever homes for older cats. Feel free to check out the seniors listed on CatTime’s adoption page, too.

If you want a cat, then consider saving a life and adopting a senior cat this month.

Will you help spread the word about Adopt A Senior Pet Month in November? Do you have a sweet senior at home? Let us know in the comments below!