Friday, October 06, 2017

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Cat #ChurchandDwight

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that we have added a fourth cat to our family. Sigh. Yes, I know. I'm a sucker for punishment. And a cute face. But this guy is just here temporarily while his owner gets settled into a new home. Pretty sweet, hey?

All of my cats have been rescues in one way or another. Some came from friends who could no longer look after their adult cats for whatever reason. Others I adopted as kittens from friends whose cats had unexpected litters. I am a firm believer that adoption is the way to go when you are looking for a new pet. There are so many wonderful animals out there in need of a loving home.

One thing I have noticed in my time scouring local adoption sites online - kittens (and puppies too) seem to spend very little time in a shelter before someone takes them home. The older the cat, the longer they seem to wait for adoption. And I find that really sad. Sure, kittens are super cute and playful, but they do grow up. One of my current cats, Gracie, started life as a stray in our neighbourhood, born under my friend's pine tree. She was adopted out as a kitten, and later abandoned by her people. She was pregnant when we found her again, as a stray, and we don't know if that happened because she was abandoned, or if she was abandoned because that happened. Was she abandoned because she was no longer "kitten cute"? Who knows. What I do know is that she is now an important part of my family, along with one of her own babies.

My sweet tortie girl.

Older cats have a lot going for them, and they are super candidates for adoption. Don't believe me? Here are just a few reasons older cats, and especially senior cats, should be on your radar if you are ready to bring a furry feline friend into your home.
  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat you’re literally saving a life! This is a great life lesson to instill in your little ones. 
  • A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know right away from your first encounter if he or she is a good fit for your family. 
  • A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re signing up for. Plus, you won’t have to upgrade to a larger cat house or litter box as they continue to grow. 
  • A senior cat may be house-trained with basic etiquette and not attack feet, bite hands or use the couch or carpet as a scratching post. This means they are waaay easier to bring in to your home than a kitten who needs training.
  • Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. To help keep cats happy about their litter box, no matter what their age, use a quality cat litter like Arm & Hammer Slide. It traps odours for 7 days, and is dust-free with a soft texture that’s easy on paws. What’s best is the patented EZ Clean technology means the used litter slides right out! No more scrubbing or scraping the bottom of the box! This is what we use, and the cats and I all love it.
  • 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 are more cuddly and less "play with me now!!!" - that in itself is a major selling point for me. 
PJ Tricky is 18 now. I think this pic is from last year. He still has lots of love to give and lots of life to live.

Did you Know?
With superstitious Friday the 13th approaching, it’s important to remember that senior cats aren’t the only ones that tend to be forgotten - black cats are too. I've always found this strange. I love all cats, of course, but black cats are so gorgeous and remind me of panthers. However, silly superstitions that black cats bring bad luck, and their historical and literary association with witches can have a real negative impact on them finding a forever home. Keep them in mind, please!

Have you adopted a senior or black cat? I’d love to hear about your experience.

To adopt a senior or black cat or learn more about cat adoption, visit your local SPCA or Human Society. In Ontario, you can start at

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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