Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys

Buckley at the Middleburg Animal Hospital

Older cats are often overlooked in shelters filled to the brim with cute kittens and young adults. However, an older cat can make a purr-fect companion for many reasons.

In my years of working with cats, I’ve always been drawn to older cats, especially the really old ones with their graying muzzles and eyes filled with the wisdom of the world.  My own experience of adopting an older cat came with Buckley, who was most likely somewhere between eight and ten years old when I fell in love with her.   Even though she was only with me for three short years, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a single moment.

I adore my two girls who are barely  more than kittens. I adopted Allegra a little over a year ago, when she was seven months old, and I adopted Ruby less than two months ago at nine months of age. I wouldn’t trade the experience of watching Allegra grow into a beautiful young lady these past twelve months, or Ruby’s joyful kitten exuberance for the last two for anything,  but there were times, especially after Amber died, when I thought back fondly to the many joys of living with an older cat.

Avoid the kitten craziness

When adopting a senior cat, you avoid the kitten craziness phase.  While it’s fun to watch a kitten play and race through the house, remember that the playing and racing can happen at all hours, including at 3am, when you want to sleep.  Additionally, kittens can be hard on your home furnishings.  To a kitten, the whole world is a toy, which can lead to the destruction of anything from carpets to furniture to favorite family heirlooms.

Senior cats are already spayed or neutered and litter box trained

A senior cat is already spayed or neutered, and in most cases, litter box trained.  He will most likely be current on all vaccinations, and may even come with a complete health history.

What you see is what you get

With a senior cat, what you see is, for the most part, what you get when it comes to temperament and personality.  One caveat:  if you meet your potential older family member in a shelter setting, make some allowance for the fact that the cat may be stressed or frightened.  Ask to spend some time with the cat in a quiet area, if possible, to get a better sense of her true personality.

Older cats make great pets for seniors

A senior cat can be a wonderful choice for senior citizens who might hesitate to adopt a cat because they’re afraid the cat might outlive them.  Older cats often wind up in shelters because their owners died, and there were no relatives or friends who would give them a new home.  Bringing a senior cat whose owners died and a senior citizen looking for a feline companion together could be a match made in heaven.

A senior, or at least slightly older, cat could be a better choice for a family with young children than a kitten.  Kittens are fragile, their tiny bodies can be easily crushed or injured, and their sharp teeth and claws may inadvertently hurt small children.

Older cats make better companions for another senior cat

A senior cat may make a better companion for an older cat who lost her companion.  Senior cats are used to the more gentle energy of a mature cat, and a kitten’s high energy and constant motion can be aggravating and stressful for them.

Consider adopting a senior cat with special needs.  Diabetic cats, cats with missing limbs or eyes, and cats with special medical needs all come with the same wonderful personalities as healthy cats, and they tend to be incredibly grateful for being adopted.  Make sure you understand the costs involved in caring for a special needs cat before making an adoption decision.

Have you ever adopted an older cat? Share your story in a comment!

Photo of Buckley when she was still my office cat at the animal hospital


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  2. This is great ! I adopted my boy Simon (9) in March and my heart has grown 10 sizes bigger. I think this article misses though, the large amount of work that can still need to happen with an adult cat. My boy was returned back to the local shelter after being in the same home his entire life. Since before he was 1 years old. The family got new pets and they chased and essentially tortured Simon for a good long while. Simon was then returned to the shelter where he was left for two months before someone came along to get him. It took several months for him to feel safe and he still runs away at a simple movement. Leaving for a weekend is tough and he becomes quite isolated for a few days upon returning. He’s made leaps and bounds since entering our home and I’ve never felt the love I feel for my ‘mature’ kitty then I’ve ever experienced !

    • Bless you for giving Simon a chance to feel safe and loved again, Kirsti. “…my heart has grown 10 sizes bigger” – I love that so much!

  3. Older cats are precious. I adopted my companion Pixel when he was 13 from a shelter where his previous owners abandoned him. Pixel passed away recently at the age of 15 and i miss him so much. He was a special soul but I am glad we got a chance to love each other even if for just a short time. It is heartbreaking though

    • I’m so sorry about Pixel, Niren. I’m glad you gave him a chance at knowing what it was like to be loved again.

  4. Hi, I am new to this site, love it! I am from South Louisiana and adopted an older cat. My granddaughter already had one indoors and felt she needed a companion. I went to our local shelter and from the minute we saw one another it was instant!! He is 7yrs, 4 paws declawed, and fixed. His story is the family who had him moved away and just left him behind, outside(after living indoors). It is almost a year later and he is GREAT…although it took many months, I finally gained his trust. He sleeps on a pillow along side of me in bed, he allows me to brush him daily, and his teeth!! Anyone who adoptes an older cat, please give them time to adjust. I LOVE my cats!!!

  5. I have just adopted an 8 year old from the Humane Society. He was found in a trap, and he was marked with a tattoo but when they called the family they said they didn’t want him back. I know he is very traumatized; he is extremely tame and loving but I know he is grieving his family and still traumatized from his time outside- skinny when I got him. He will come when I call him and is responsive to his new name, but he hides for hours as a time. I am hoping to hear some success stories about how the older kitties eventually adjust to their new surroundings. I’ve only had him a week but I don’t see him coming out any more. He does eat plenty and does use the litter box, will let me pet him and does purr like crazy when he gets his ears and chin scratched. I hope some of you have stories that will give me some encouragement that he will get more comfortable here and learn that this is his new home and he pretty much runs the joint- I’m just here to indulge in his every wish! 🙂

    • Bless you for taking in this poor, traumatized boy. It can take time for any cat to adapt to a new home, and when a cat has been through what he’s been through, it can take even longer. You may want to block off hiding spaces, such as under the bed, under the sofa, and give him appropriate spaces to cocoon in where he can feel safe, but you can still see him and interact with him by speaking to him in a soft voice or simply sitting in the same room with him. Use cave type beds, tunnels, boxes, that sort of thing. If you’re open to holistic remedies, you may want to try Spirit Essences Trauma Free

      • Hi Ingrid! I just wanted to post an update as I have had my fur baby for one month. He is doing really great. He still has his hiding places but he will always come out when I call him. If I’m really lucky, he will crawl on my lap for a snooze. Most of the day he is out and about and right by my side. I’m really proud of his adjustment and wanted to post so that I can sway others on the joys of adopting a senior. He’s great!!! Can’t wait for him to be completely at home.

        • Thanks for the update, SB – you made my day! Thank you for hanging in with this boy and giving him time to adjust!

    • Don’t be discouraged it takes time for them to trust again. I found a beautiful all black adult male cat walking around my neighborhood and eating out of trash cans. I asked around and none of the neighbors knew where the cat came from but all attempted to feed him and unsuccessfully welcome them into their homes. He was already tame and pretty friendly letting me pet him for short periods of time if I offered some food or treats. I even started to regularly leave food and water for him, after seeing him eat on my porch for about a week I decided to move the food dish into my doorway and leave the door open one day, he slowly came inside (I have 5 cats in my house), ate and ran away. The following day I didn’t leave food around and he actually started meowing at my door when he didn’t see the dish, I opened the door and he walked in and went right up to the food dish and started eat so I figured okay he’s in. Later that day I left to run errands and I had my windows open but screens in them, when I came home he ripped through a screen and escaped back outside so I thought well he doesn’t want to be inside oh well. Later that night I was getting ready for bed and I hear a meow at the door and it’s him again! So I let him in and now it has been almost 2 years and he is an indoor/outdoor cat (named Syrus), he goes outside during the day and sleeps with me at night, I still can’t keep windows open because when he wants to go outside he is very determined but I did take him to the vet and they said he had been fixed and micro chipped but no one in the area had reported him missing so he’s been with us ever since. For the first few weeks he hissed at the other cats and was a big aggressive but after a cat nip party with his kitty friends he got over it. Now he runs around like a big kitten playing with the other cats and he’s tripled in size and weight. It was worth winning his trust because right before we found each other I lost a my best friend my beautiful orange cat named Artie and although Artie could never be replaced I am finding a new love with Syrus. Just be patient eventually your new friend will start to trust again and you guys will have a great bond! Good Luck!

  6. I had never been a pretty owner until my wife talked me in to adopting an acquaintance’s older kitty. I wasn’t thrilled about owning a cat at first (fear of allergies, smells, hair everywhere). To my surprise, I really grew to love that sweet cat.

    After my marriage fell apart over the last few months, the cat moved away with my wife. I find myself missing that cat and occasionally yearning to have something similar in my life. I find myself searching humane societies for adult cats and wishing I could do something for all of them. I find myself reading pages like this one to live vicariously through people. Maybe someday I will decide to find an older cat and actually bring it home.

    Thanks for the post.

  7. I adopted a lovely white Persian who was neglected and ultimately abandoned by her owners. She was 18 years old. This sweet, gentle cat named Snowy lived with my children and me for seven years. She lived to be nearly 26 years old.

    • Bless you for giving this senior lady a chance, Bibiana. And 26 years old – wow! That’s amazing!

      • She was a lovely senior lady, white with one blue eye and one yellow eye. When I heard of her situation, I adopted her thinking I would give this poor kitty a few months of happiness.I NEVER thought she would be with us even a year, much less seven! She was a lovely kitty and a blessing to my kids, my mom, and me.

  8. Hello,

    I adopted a 6 years old cat two days ago. She was kept in a ferret cage her whole life and was the only pet for adoption at the store. I had to take her home with me. Her name is Meow. She’s a sweetie and will rub up against you and wants to be petted but she does not like being picked up since she’s not used to it. I live in a 900 sq. feet apt. with my fiancé and we are trying our best to help her adjust. She meows a lot when we are not in the room and at night. The first night we brought her home, she meowed all through the night. We tried to have her on the bed to sleep with us but she does not like being in high places. We tried sleeping on the floor with her and she laid down but did not sleep and started meowing again. I turned on the lights because I thought maybe she’s afraid of the dark but that wasn’t it. We played with her and tired her out the next day and by 7-8 pm she was falling asleep but I kept her up until 9 when we went to bed. She slept for a bit under the bed and then woke up and started meowing again. We had to lock her in the living room because we both had to work this morning. She meowed through the night but not as consistent as the night before. When we got up this morning she was still meowing and seems like she wanted all the doors opened. We did and she was still meowing. I petted her some and she was quiet until I had to get ready for work. Idk what else to do to help her adapt and not meow so much. I can’t keep losing sleep but I don’t want to give her away. I’ve tried not petting when she’s meowing and only giving her attention when she’s quiet but I’m not sure if that will work given her past. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • I think Meow probably just needs time to adapt to her new home. She’s only been with you for two days, and this is a huge change for her! You’re on the right track with playing with her to get her tired out before you go to bed. I would move the playtime to just before you go to bed, and see if that makes a difference.

  9. I had to say goodbye to my senior kitty, Jellybean, last year. I now volunteer at Kitty Cottage outside of Philadelphia. This institution, too, houses senior cats (along with those of all ages) and helps find them homes. I am an author who donates earnings to this wonderful establishment. Together with places like The Grannie Project I hope we can help our aging animal companions.

  10. My childhood dog passed away almost 2 years ago. About a year later, I came to the decision that I would adopt a cat. I went to my local animal shelter and explained that I did not want a kitten as I didn’t know how to raise a cat let alone a kitten. The shelter recommended that I go sit in their cat condos ( there were about 10 cats loose in the room) I had been seated for a few minutes when this beautiful black cat with yellow eyes jumped down from her perch and came to sit on my lap to be cuddled eventually to fall asleep. I knew she was the one. The shelter informed me that she was 8 years old and was considered to be a senior. The shelter also informed me that she was a less adoptable candidate due to her age and colouring. I took Belle ( formerly known as Sinister) home that night and she has been pleasure ever since. She sleeps around my head every night. She always wants to cuddle. She responds when I call for her. She knows that she has found her forever home and she is very grateful. I definitely recommend adopting an older cat and even more an older black cat. 😉

    • I have a 13 year old all-black cat named Midnight Perry. got her when she was 11 from All Cats Rescue in Sioux Falls, S.D. Because of age, they waived adoption fee, so I gave $250 donation to support their good work, which includes foster homes for cats. Most social, “purr-able” and the Largest cat I’ve ever had! What a treat to have this cat! Cats and dogs are the best “people,” and older black cats are the crème-de-la-crème of the “crop” – !

  11. We are in New Zealand and have always adopted an older cat or cats through our local SPCA when we have had a “vacancy”. The one we live with now is a little tabby, Gracie, 16 years 3 months old. We adopted her and her sister Georgie when they were 8, from people who were going to teach English in China. Georgie was black and white, and a little timid although big and brave when out and about on the small farm. She was so special but sadly is no longer with us. Gracie has always been the home body and totally, rules the house. Her favorite sleeping place during the day this week is across the closed lid of the piano and at night a knee is a MUST. She has hyperthyroidism and we put that down to her, at times, neurotic behaviour – she leaps from chair to chair to table to kitchen bench. Sometimes she misses and pretends it hasn’t happened. Then at 4am she can race down the hall to the bedroom and sit on the window sill watching and waiting for the sun to rise, giving us a very vocal rendition of the pre-dawn happenings. She has a choice of breakfast foods and always has morning and afternoon tea and supper! We don’t know how long we have been entrusted with her but she gives us and close friends heaps of happiness and pleasure. We would never ever pass up the opportunity to have a senior feline resident in our home – who could ever walk past those sad , beseeching eyes in a animal shelter, saying “please take me home” . I just want them all but……
    The Grannies is a great page on Facebook which is how I came across this website – thank you for caring for our senior moggies around the globe.

  12. I have had two kittens over my 47 year old life period. I raised them both to adulthood. The first cat I had lived 19 1/2 years, and the last one I had lived 7 years. I am married now, and my wife and I have 3 adult cats. One is 4 years old, and the other two are 9 years old. We love cats. Kittens, adult, it doesnt matter. They all need love, and we need the love from them.

    A very wierd, sad, but wonderful thing happened the other day. The last cat Callie, who we had to put to sleep in January, stayed at my parents house after I got married. I went to see her all the time, to spend time with her, and to tell her, my life changed, but I did not abandon her. Anyway, she is gone now, and it has been relly hard, and lonely at my parents house for them, and when I go for a visit, I can feel it, and I can still feel Callie’s presence there.

    My wife has a friend, who was friends with a very nice and well respected man in the commnity. I met him a couple times, and I could could tell he was a great person, who loved cats. He died unexpectidly about a little over a week ago, and he had 6 cats. Well taken care of. He took very good care of them. Shots, feeding, etc. Well, after he died, 5 of the cats were adopted, but one little girl. Guess what her name is…..Yep CAllie, but spelled with a K. Anyway, my wife sends me an email, and she is freaking out. She then calls me and tells me to READ YOUR E-MAIL. She says it s so uncanny and a sign from God. So, I go to read my email, and read that this cat named Kallie needs a home, and all here brothers and sisters have already been adopted. I pull up the pic, and I am stunned, but in a good way. I told my wife to tell her friend that I will take her for my parents. So, they brought her over to my parents, and now, she is getting to know them and they are getting to know her. God moves in mysterious ways I guess. Kallie gets a loving home, my parents get conpanionship, and love, and George(the man who passed away) can rest easy, knowing that all his babies have good homes. This meeting as meant to be….

  13. Thank you for your story and insight. I recently lost my beloved Rudy, and 11 year old cream colored Tabby. I had him since he was eight weeks old. Im crushed. I just miss him so much. We were The best buddies. Although I love the energy of a young kitten, I don’t enjoy the mess can make. I know it’s only a matter of time before I bring another cat (or two) into my life and lately I’ve been thinking of an older cat(s). That’s why I came to this website. Those guys are so sweet but are too often over looked at the shelters. After reading your article leaning even more in that direction.

    • I’m so sorry about Rudy, Carolyn. It’s so hard when we lose these special friends. I hope you’ll be able to open your heart and home to another cat – everyone’s timing is different, and you’ll know when the time is right, and which cat is right for you.

  14. Just wanted to tell my story for all of you cat lovers. I am a colon cancer survivor with a permanant colotomy. I have felt like nobody wanted me after my surgery and chemo. Well I live alone and love all pets, so I started looking on the internet for a cat for a companion for me. I looked at many, many cats, from kittens to older cats. I had found an older cat of 10 years old, and she was going to be taken to a shelter and of all probability put down. I gave this a lot of thought and finally made a decision to adopt this little girl as nobody wanted me, and i know how it feels. She is the most adorable cat and adjusted in three hours to her new home. She sleeps with me, sits on my lap and looks at me with love in her eyes. I can only say go with your heart and give your cat love and she will give it back Please save an older cat you won’t be sorry

  15. I have been touched by reading these comments about older cats. I agree that they are precious and full of love. My mother passed away 8 years ago and left her sister calicos to me. Unfortunately, my 8 month old grandson has asthma and is allergic to the cat dander. Therefore, he is unable to visit his Gammy and Pap unless he is outside. It breaks my heart! I have to find a GOOD home for my girls. There has to be someone who would appreciate them and be willing to give them a home. They have never been separated so they must be placed together. Is there an angel out there who is willing???

  16. Both of my kitties are senior kitties that I adopted at (approximately) 8 years old. My girl is now 10, and my boy 9 1/2. I have a strong preferences for older kitties for all the reasons mentioned above. They know their manners, are (for the most part) calmer, and much less destructive. But, mostly, they are just so full of love it’s ridiculous. My Morticia is literally the sweetest, most affectionate, loving cat I have ever met in my life – just content being near me at all times. And I’m not sure Apollo realizes that he’s older, from how he plays (literally – when my vet met him initially she questioned the age in his chart – until she looked in his mouth, I guess a cat’s teeth say a lot about how old they are). One of the biggest negatives I’ve heard about adopting an older cat is that they “will just die soon anyway” and that you get no real relationship with them. This is simply just not true. While you are taking a little bit of a risk, cats can still live to be into their 20s, and frequently live at least beyond 13. My first cat (who I did have from a kitten) lived to be 16 years old – with that math I should get about 8 years with my angel kitty, Morticia – but, to me, even one year with her would have well been worth taking her into my home. I’m a true believer in the statement “Who Rescued Who?” or “My cat rescued me.” All cats deserve love, no matter their age.

      • As a follow-up to this comment – My two seniors are still going strong and extremely healthy. Morticia’s now 12 years old with the bloodwork of a much younger cat, and Apollo’s about 11 1/2, just as active as he was two years ago. I’ve had them both for going on 4 years, and they are some of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Love love love my senior kitties. We have also since adopted two dogs – one of them a senior dog in rather poor health, but with a loving and very happy spirit. I will always advocate for adopting senior animals.

  17. I just recently adopted a 9 yr old Siamese mix, Sugar, from Texas Cares (Dallas,TX). Her owner had cancer and was forced to give her up when going in to hospice. Her owner put her under the care of her vet and promised to ensure Sugar went to a good home. And that’s where I came in to the picture. I have other cats in my household so I was a little hesitant at first taking Sugar in, fearing the others wouldn’t accept her. Sugar has been with us for almost a month now and is doing fine. She is still a little shy but slowly fitting in to the family. Sugar’s owner has since passed on since I took Sugar in to my home. I am saddened by the loss of her mommy but I am happy that I found Sugar and have the chance of giving her happiness again. Sugar is very petite and very, sweet and laid back. I just love her already.

  18. The oldest cat we ever adopted was Pooh. He and his sister were 9 when they were taken to the shelter. The rescue group who pulled them, offered a discount if someone would adopt them both. She was snatched up quickly, but poor Pooh stayed in the cage at a Petsmart for another 3 weeks. I was fostering for that rescue group and my husband would visit with Pooh each time we dropped off our foster on the weekends, so we decided that if Pooh was still there by the third weekend, we would adopt him. He was part of our family for the remaining 9 years of his life.

    We have two 17 year olds right now (and have had them for 12 years). We tried a new vet last year and when the vet checked out Queue, she said, “This cat looks good for a 6 year old”. I told her he was 16, not 6. She then said, “This cat looks GREAT for a 16 year old!”

    Our 21 year old passed away last year. We had him since he was a kitten. Older cats are the best!

    • Tracy, your cats live really long lives – that’s wonderful (even though, of course, it’s never long enough).

  19. I have been in both situations getting home with a little kitten or an adult cat, different and marvelous. I agree, adult cats are better in certain circumstances, like for joining elder ones.

  20. I have also always had cats beginning when they would follow me home after school when I was a child. More recently we had 4 cats – the one who was diabetic and in kidney failure died at 13 three years ago. Then two years ago this August, we lost our then 13 year old to a large tumor and suddenly two days later we lost our 16 year old who was hyperthyroid when he threw a clot. We had one cat left who is now 16 and so we adopted a 5 year old who had been abandoned in a trailer when her owner went into a nursing home, as a companion. While this was not very successful, it definitely distracted our kitty who was mourning her 3 brothers who were gone. The 5 year old was very traumatized and it has taken her some time to become more social but she gets sweeter every day. Then this past December I heard about two 14 year old kitties who had been taken to the SPCA because they could not go with their owners to their new housing. We have no idea of their medical history but we adopted them sight unseen because I was so sure no one would adopt 14 year old cats. They are a delight and talk to us all the time – one of them has a voice that sounds like a growel and the other has a voice that is a squeak. We have always had rescued cats and adopting cats who need a loving home enriches our lives and theirs.

    • Karen, I’m so sorry about all the loss you’ve had to deal with. How wonderful that you adopted not one, but two very senior cats!

  21. I couldn’t agree more. We adopted Gris Gris a 12 year-old who is as playful as his one-eyed kitten companion cat Odin. They brought a second chance for happiness to Merlin, our 16-year old who was missing his deceased sister. Older cats bring their own wisdom and life experience. There are so many available, waiting in shelters for their second chance.

    • I still marvel at the transformation in Gris Gris, Layla. He was clearly meant to be with you and the other three.

  22. I’ve adopted 2 older, special needs cats and they brought so much joy to my life. Both were hospice cats. RT surprised us all and lived for 4 wonderful years and blossomed into a joyful, beautiful cat. His bad arthritis and compromised immune system never stopped him from savoring a meal, playing with abandon, and loving his life. Colonel Tuesday (Tuesday for short) was only with us about 8 weeks. She was old, dilute tortie who belonged to someone at some point (she was declawed) but somehow ended up on the street at the age of 13. Unfortunately, she had a large, fast growing tumor in her stomach. The weeks she lived with us were precious. She played with catnip toys, enjoyed evenings on the screened porch, and made us laugh with her loud meows – turns out she was deaf and couldn’t hear how loud she was talking to us. The next time I adopt, it will definitely be an older cat and probably one with some issue.

    • RT was the poster child for never giving up on a cat, that’s for sure, Mary. I was fortunate to have known him and to have him hang out with me in the animal hospital’s office during his initial recovery. He couldn’t have thrived the way he did if if wasn’t for your persistence, and loving care.

      Tuesday was lucky to have found you and to be able to live out her final weeks with you.

  23. I adopted Sophia from Petsmart.The shelter estimated she was about 5 years old. She was in a cage with kittens, and she was calm and gentle with them. In the 3 weeks she was there, kittens came and went, but she stayed, until I couldn’t stand it any longer, and she came home with me. I only had the blessing of her love for 3 years, but she was probably the best cat I’ve ever had.

    • It sounds like Sophia was meant to be with you, Candace, even if it was only for three short years.

  24. Almost 6 years ago we brought home a former barn cat, because we had adopted one of her kittens a few months prior and we felt sorry that clearly no one was going to adopt mom. Vickie was somewhere between 2 and 6 years old… she hid in our basement for months, and on the rare occasions when she would venture up the stairs to the kitchen, we had to whisper and avoid eye contact or she’d rush back to her safe place. It took almost 3 years, but our little throwaway cat has been the most rewarding of any rescue experience we’ve had – she now sleeps on the bed, keeps us company all of the time, and will even stand, sometimes sit, on my wife’s lap. She loves to be brushed, and has blossomed so much that you’d never know what she had been. She’ll start purring if you so much as look at her now. When she looks at us and practically smiles, we can tell how thankful she is to have been rescued. We’re very glad to have rescued an adult cat, even though it didn’t start out as a particularly positive experience, and we’ll always adopt adults from now on.

    • Thanks for sharing Vickie’s story, Harry. Since I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, I can attest to the fact that you would never know that she had such a challenging background. It’s so wonderful to see a cat with her background really come into her own.

  25. I recently lost my old guy after 15 years together. (He was 16.) I’m still not sure whether or not I’ll ever adopt another cat (so many complex reasons, pro and con) but if I do, I’m fairly certain it would be an older cat. I satisfied my urge for kitten raising years ago with a roommate’s kitten and that was great fun, but I’d much rather have the quiet, steady companionship of an older cat.

    • I’m so sorry about your loss, Kit. You’ll know in your heart if and when the time is right to adopt another cat.

  26. I’ve never adopted a senoir cat, but I definitely will some day. My two young girls came into my life somewhat unexpectedly, and since they could live 20+ years that will bring me WELL into my 60’s! When I do adopt another cat it will definitely be a senior.

  27. I have had cats since 1994 and have never had a kitten! All of my cats have been rescued and ranged in age from 1.5 to 12 years old. I too, have an affinity for older cats. They command my respect. My first cat was found on the streets of Manhattan, and the rest I had adopted from shelters or rescue organizations in NY. Perhaps one day I’ll take home a kitten (or a golden retriever!) but for now I am thrilled with adult cats.

    • There is something about these older cats that does command respect, isn’t there, Leslie? I find that especially when you don’t really know all they’ve been through – you just know that it’s been a lot, and not all of it good, and yet, they haven’t lost their capacity to bring love and joy.

  28. About 2 years ago, I adopted an 8-year old kitty cat for my aging parents. She is wonderful and my Mom named her Frisky. My Mom, 89 years old, suffers from dementia and my Father, 90-years old has Parkinsons disease and he whistles for Frisky like she was a dog.

    Frisky awoke in me a love of cats. So, I recently (1/15/11) adopted a 6-year old cat for myself. She is so sweet and a wonderful companion. Her name is Tessa.

    Both of these adoptions have been wonderful for me and my family. I would strongly recommend adopting an older cat.


    • Thanks for sharing your stories, Nancy. It sounds like Frisky is bringing a lot of joy to your parents’ lives. Your Tessa sounds wonderful.

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