Older cats tend to stay in shelters the longest and are least likely to get adopted, but they deserve forever homes as much as any other cat. Today, I would like to introduce you to some of these senior citizens who have not given up hope. Perhaps your home will be the home where they can find permanent happiness.
The gorgeous girl above is 12-year-old Stephanie. She was brought to the Baltimore Humane Society because her owner’s health was failing, and he could no longer take care of her. She admits that she is not much of a lap cat as she likes to be free to roam around. She can be a little stubborn at times since she likes to have things her way, but at her age, that’s just a part of her personality! Stephanie is available for adoption through the Baltimore Humane Society.
Simba is a 12-year-old couch potato who loves all people. He is a sweet fellow who likes to have a sunny window to snooze in. Though front declawed, he still uses a horizontal scratcher. He has no interest in toys, but enjoys brushing and a good chin rub. He accepts a hug without protest, and is a wonderful, affectionate cat. He is being fostered through Fancy Cats Rescue Team in Northern Virginia.
Columbo is a beautiful 10-year-old Maine Coon boy in Austin, TX. He is very sweet and affectionate. Columbo has food allergies, which appears to be limiting the number of people who are even interested in adopting him. You can find more information about Columbo on the Maine Coon Rescue Alliance Website.
You knew there’d be at least one tortie in this group! Marble is 10 years old. Her owner passed away , so she was brought to the Baltimore Humane Society. She is a nice cat, but she is a little stressed with the change of being taken from a home and put in a cage. She is hyperthyroid and is on medication. Marble is available for adoption through the Baltimore Humane Society.
Pandora is a friendly, laid back cat. She is about 8 years old. She is so friendly that she followed a child home. Pandora had some dental issues, so when the parents of the child saw a drooling cat on their porch, they were terrified it was rabies. It wasn’t rabies – it was Pandora’s mouth, which has been treated. Pandora is a very lovely cat who would make a wonderful companion. She is available for adoption from Community Animal Programs in Little Falls, NY.
I’ve always loved older cats, and I’m thrilled that my article about the joys of adopting an older cat won the 2011 Hartz Everday Chewable Vitamins award this past weekend. I adopted Buckley when she was between eight and ten years old, and even though I only had three years with her, those three years changed my life in ways I never could have imagined and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a single moment of that time.
If you’re looking for a new feline family member, won’t you consider adopting an older cat?