When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued and given a second chance, and are all the more thankful for it.
A senior cat’s personality is already fully developed, so what you see is what you get. But keep in mind that in a shelter environment, you new cat’s personality might not shine through quite as strongly because of the stress and fear associated with being in a strange place.
Most senior cats are seeking little more than a warm lap, regular food and love!
They are more mellow than mischievous, and may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night).
In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Most seniors will still have many years of life and love to give, as they regularly live into their late teens.
Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
Senior cats make great napping buddies.
Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life….and they will repay your love ten-fold.