November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. Many people choose kittens when they want to adopt a new kitty. However, older cats also make wonderful pets. In fact, there are some great benefits to adopting a feline in her golden years. Read on as a local Webster, NY vet lists some great reasons to adopt an older furball.
By the time Fluffy reaches her golden years, she will have pretty much outgrown her frisky, mischievous stage. You won’t have to worry about your furry pal climbing your curtains, knocking everything off your counters, or getting into any of the myriad other types of shenanigans kittens are known for.
Older cats can be great companions for kids, as they aren’t as fragile or easily frightened as kittens. Of course, you’ll need to make sure your little ones know to be gentle with their feline pal.
One of the best things about getting an older kitty is the fact that they are really very calm, and are usually easy keepers. Fluffy will probably spend most of her time just sleeping and looking cute.
Kittens are absolutely adorable, but they can make messy roommates. Older kitties are usually pretty good about grooming themselves, and usually very neat. Baby cats, on the other hand, sometimes kick litter around. They can also be prone to getting diarrhea, especially in that first year, as their tummies are getting adjusted to cathood. (Note: An occasional incident may only indicate an upset stomach, but frequent occurrences can signify more serious issues. Contact your vet if your furry buddy often has diarrhea.)
They Need Love
Despite all of these wonderful traits, older kitties often have a very hard time getting adopted. Sadly, this means that thousands of sweet, lovable felines are euthanized each year. Giving that one lucky furball a great retirement home is a wonderful thing to do. You’ll be repaid with love, cuddles, and purrs, which are all priceless gifts in our book.
Fluffy may not be as active as a kitten, but her little motor will still work just fine. In fact, senior cat purrs are completely precious. There’s something really heartwarming about getting cuddles from an older furball!
Do you have questions about senior pet care? Please feel free to contact us, your Webster, NY animal hospital, anytime!