Is a Senior Cat Purrfect for You?
In animal shelters, older pets are often shunted aside in favor of more playful and energetic young animals. Senior cats are just as loving and entertaining as kittens and adults, just more mellowed out. Answer the following questions to see if a senior cat is right for you.
Why are you adopting a cat?
If your dream is to raise a kitten from scratch, go for it. If you’re looking for a constant source of entertainment, an adult cat is for you. But if all you want is a snuggle buddy to curl up with, a couch potato cat is your best option, as senior cats are more willing to let you pet them.
How much energy do you want in your house?
Kittens and adult cats tend to be more energetic, leaping and prowling at all hours. Senior cats are more willing to flop over for a belly rub and follow you around the house. If your life is already stress-filled, adding more with a care-intensive kitten is probably not the best idea. However, older cats are self-sufficient and just content to catnap all day.
Do you have children?
Adult cats can be aloof or even short-tempered around children, easily annoyed by their grabby fingers and squealing voices. As cats get older they mellow out and are more likely to become snuggly and friendly. Older cats are often better around children as well! Still, it’s always important to have your child meet a prospective pet before taking it home; most animal shelters insist on this procedure.
Are you willing to visit the vet?
Not all, but most senior cats have a few more health problems than younger animals. Pet health insurance is a viable option for pet parents with senior felines; this can cover most or all of your pet’s medical expenses! However, even younger cats have health problems – kittens are very vulnerable to infections, and adult cats can still get illnesses and injuries. If you’re wary of adopting an older pet because of the potential vet bills, most shelters can perform veterinary exams before you take the animal home.
There are numerous benefits to adopting an older cat, which can be just as or more enjoyable! If you have kids or don’t have the time to put into a kitten, go with an older cat. These animals are often pushed aside in shelters for “more adoptable” kittens. If you think a chilled-out cat is perfect for you, adopt a senior cat today!