November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month
When the weather turns chilly, Adopt a Senior Pet Month reminds us that there are a few four-legged friends that need a family and a warm, cosy bed too. So this November, if you are thinking about getting a pet why not consider making a home for an older furry pet?
Cute and playful kittens make us laugh out loud with their funny antics, but older cats can play too. Some of them might need to be reminded about what it is like to be loved and in a happy home. You might be pleasantly surprised at how well an older cat might fit into your lifestyle. More often than not, they will have mellowed a bit, and won’t be quite as boisterous or demanding as a kitten. They might need a little bit of training, but only to fit into your routine, especially if they have previously had an owner. Like Puss, our 8 year old, who’s owner sadly died.
Like humans, an older cat might be a bit set in their ways. But, in a lot of cases, we already know a bit of their history, so they can be easier to match with the right family or individual. So, if you are looking for a new companion, please don’t overlook an older animal. You may be ignoring a loyal pet with a lot of life left in them.
Some things to consider might be whether they have any medical needs or if they are used to children or other pets? And another thing to bear in mind is their age. With cats the lifespan ranges from 10-15 years. And if they have been abandoned or abused, then they may have already lost one or two of those nine lives. But even so, with a good home, and a caring, considerate owner, a senior cat could enjoy a lot longer life than they would staying in our refuge.
So if you are looking for a new pet, please consider adopting an older cat. We have lots of beautiful, older cats in our refuge at the minute, and they are all just longing to be loved.