10 reasons to open your heart and home to a senior cat

December 10, 2018

We all know how adorable kittens are, but have you ever spared a thought for the sweet elderly cats sadly spending their golden years at our shelter?

Well, we think they deserve some more recognition … so here are our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat – or senior cat-izen, as we like to call them.

Senior cats are the perfect companion.

1. Senior cats are more grateful

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. 

Senior cats deserve some attention.

2. A senior cat’s personality is already fully developed

What you see is what you get with senior cats.

But keep in mind that in a shelter environment, your new cat’s personality might not shine through quite as strongly because of the stress and fear associated with being in a strange place. 

Zeb the senior cat (photo by James Bodnick).

3. All they want is a nice lap and love

Most senior cats are seeking little more than a warm lap, regular food and love!  

Elderly laps give the best cuddles.

4. They are more mellow than mischievous

Senior cats reflect on the good ol’ days… in between snoozes on the couch.

Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

A snooze is more preferable than a play.

5. They 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. 

6. You know you’re not accidentally adopting a lion

A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

There won’t be any size surprises!

7. They still have their golden years to live out

Most seniors will still have many years of life and love to give, as they regularly live into their late teens.

8. Senior cats make great napping buddies.

And don’t we love them for it!

Cat naps will occur frequently.

9. They know what’s human and what’s not!

Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.

Sherry the senior cat.

10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for

When you adopt a senior cat you truly are saving a life … and they will repay your love ten-fold.

Senior cats love their new homes.

So there you have it. More than enough proof the senior cat-izens rock!

If you think you have room in your heart and home to adopt an oldie but goldie kitty, contact our shelters or meet all our cats currently available for adoption here.


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