6 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

We all love kittens because they’re so cute, but senior cats are also great pets.

They come fully equipped with priceless pet experience! Even though tiny kittens are adorable as you walk through your local animal shelter, a senior cat will be just as beautiful, loving and loyal as any young cat will be.

There are many reasons why you could consider adopting a senior kitty. We’ve picked six points that will convince you to add a senior cat into your family.

Full of Personality

You don’t know what you’re in for when you’re adopting a kitten; they’re still growing and developing a personality. But with an older cat, what you see is what you get. Their true colors shine through so you’ll know if you’re a good match right from the start.

Since their personalities are already developed, you’ll know if you’re adopting an independent kitty who will give you space or a cuddly cat that always wants to snuggle. And the shelter will know if the cat in question will live in harmony with other pets.

Calm, Cool and Collected

Kittens are full of energy, day and night (often referred to as the “zoomies”).  They’ll endlessly run around the house, racing and knocking things down in their way and using their claws where they shouldn’t. When you get an adult cat, you know that they’ve gotten all that out of their system, so they’d rather relax and chill out.

Senior cats prefer to lounge, eat their food and curl up on your lap. Sure, there’s always time to play, but let’s be honest here—he’d rather just chill in a warm sun beam and gather his thoughts until you come home from work to scratch behind his ears.

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Fewer Initial Medical Procedures

Kittens need all the medical bells and whistles when you get them; this usually includes a series of necessary vaccinations, deworming medications and, once old enough, your kitten will also need to be spayed or neutered.

But a senior cat already comes fully equipped with these common medical procedures. He’ll still need recommended shots, but all of the more costly medical bills have been covered.  Of course, you should have your cat examined by your veterinarian to ensure he’s in good health before he comes home.

Saving a Loving Life

Everyone wants a kitten, which is why seniors are some of the hardest cats to place in homes. That means many end up in no-kill shelters, or in kill shelters to be euthanized. When you adopt an adult cat, you’ll be saving his life.

And these cats know how lucky they are to have a loving home instead of a cramped cage. In fact, many people who’ve adopted senior cats say that they can sense that their pets know they were saved. That means that these cats will spend the rest of their lives showing their human companions unconditional love and friendship in return for a wonderful home.

A Second Chance at Life

Life in a shelter isn’t ideal; a warm, loving home is always a senior kitty’s wish. By adopting a senior cat, you’re offering him a second chance to enjoy life again and be comfortable for the rest of his days. And that’s exactly what he deserves.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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