“Mature Feline with Baggage Seeks Same”

5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

There’s no denying it: kittens are cute. It’s easy to walk into any animal rescue and head straight for the fuzzy babies, but let’s get real: senior cats have just as much to offer a loving family – if not more, since they’ve been around the proverbial ‘block.’

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, a cat is considered “senior” at age seven. In most circles (not including Hollywood) 7 is the new 4. But in pet adoption circles, even 5 is OLD. Yet there’s many factors to consider in the kitten v. senior smackdown. Here are five reasons to consider senior cats for adoption:

Image credit: Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, Flickr

1. They’re more chill.
Generally speaking, senior cats are way more calm, cool, and collected than their feisty kitten counterparts.

What this means: they’re more likely to settle in for a cuddle, and less likely to climb the drapes. In particular, an older cat is a great choice for those who’d like a binge-watch buddy, those in the 55+ ranges, and fams with younger children.

Image credit: Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, Flickr 

2. Their personalities are developed
What you see if what you get. Most rescues offer details about each cat’s personality and history – super helpful info when adding a feline to a household. With a senior, you’ll know pretty quickly if he/she doesn’t do well around dogs or other cats, and if he’s overly shy or a serious snuggler. With kittens, you have a while to wait until their full personality unfolds.

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3. They’re already trained
SCORE! Most older, adoptable cats are already experienced with litter box behavior and general household etiquette. If not, they’re easily trainable with time and patience.

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4. Health issues have been identified
If said new kitteh friend has a chronic health condition, it has more than likely been diagnosed.

What this means, part 2: you are clear with any conditions that come along with the new family member, and can be prepared for the particular care that might be required.

Image credit: Amanda Wray, Flickr

5. The LOVE factor
Truth: Senior cats are unfortunately some of the least adopted. Let’s face it: everyone wants a cute kitten. But the fact of the matter is this: senior cats – like hoomans – come with a degree of wisdom, and a sassy ‘I’ve been around the block’ air about them. Count this as a blessing. A cat that comes not with baggage, but an innate knowledge of when to give you snuggles and no ‘tude is a gem. Which is reason enough to give them a second — and sometimes third, fourth or fifth — chance at a quality life.