When most people go to the animal shelter, they typically look at either the young kittens and puppies or the young adults. There is this misconception that senior animals are too old to have any love to give or life to live. Well, I’m here to tell you the top 10 reasons why senior animals rock.
I have had three older cats in my life in the past ten years and they have all been amazing. Although two of them have passed and I miss them terribly, I wouldn’t have traded being their “Meowmy” for anything.
Sophie-Although she was primarily my Mom’s cat, I helped with her needs as well. Sophie was a gorgeous, long haired, eight year old tabby cat. She loved racing around the house, cuddling under blankets and eating cat grass. She was very social and loved anyone that came to visit.
Sophie hated being brushed and going to the groomer to get shaved during the summer. They would have to sedate her to shave her and she would look absolutely humiliated afterward.
I kind of couldn’t blame her, all she had left were fur boots from her elbows down, a main around her neck and a poof of fur on the tip of her tail. She would get matted easily and wouldn’t let us brush her.
Unfortunately, Sophie developed chronic kidney disease and we had to put her down in 2013.
Carlton-Carlton was my eight year old white and orange tabby. Anywhere I went, he would be with me. He would watch me cook, cuddle with me on the couch, and sleep on me at night.
He loved people and would greet anyone that come to visit. Not long after we got him we learned he had chronic kidney disease. I had to put him down in 2014.
Colin- I adopted Colin (also eight years old) a few weeks after Carlton passed. He is a one eyed, medium haired, orange tabby cat and I just love him to pieces. He had his eye removed due to a respiratory infection the week before I adopted him.
There is a lady at our local shelter named Carol whom I call “The Fairy Cat Mother” because she let me adopt Carlton, who was her first foster cat. She also let me know about Colin and the rest is history.
I think the staff at the shelter didn’t think Colin would get a home because of his missing eye. Where others saw imperfection, I saw perfection. He is just the best cat and so well behaved.
The first day I brought him home, he found his litterbox, food and water dish and then just came out and laid on the floor like he owned the place. Even now, at almost 13 years old, he has lots of energy and is in very good health. He is a great example of why senior animals rock.
This is Colin:
The Top 10 Reasons Why Senior Animals Rock
- In general, they are better adjusted.
- Older animals are much calmer.
- They already know how to go to the bathroom outside or in the litterbox.
- Seniors won’t climb your drapes or tear up your house.
- They won’t get into the trash. (Well, as long as there isn’t an empty can of wet food in it.) 🙂
- Older animals like to cuddle and sleep on you more often.
- They have set personalities.
- Seniors still have energy to play or go for a walk.
- They are more appreciative of their surroundings.
- Like any other animal, they make a house a home.
So, the next time you go to the shelter to look for a new pet, don’t overlook the older animals or those with deformities. They deserve just as much attention and love as any other animal there. Keep the above reasons in mind and who knows, you may find your next best friend.