If given the choice between a fluffy, bright-eyed kitten and a slow-paced, toothless old cat, which would you choose?
While many of our readers might embrace the senior cats, this is unfortunately not the norm in animal shelters. Many senior cats used to be the beloved companions of elderly humans, but they outlive their human and need a new home for the remainder of their lives. Other senior cats come to shelters for the same reasons any cat does: they got picked up as a stray, their old owner relinquished them, etc.
Senior cats are complicated, of course: the costs of senior cat care can be high, and the heartbreak of pet loss is probably closer by than it would be with a kitten. However, senior cats make up for these challenges in countless ways: when welcomed into a new forever home, they bring with them a lifetime’s worth of wisdom, affection, humor, and love.
Here are ten lovable senior cats who are looking for homes, from shelters all over the U.S. Don’t you wish you could take them all home?
(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)
8.5-year-old female. Furry Friends Network, Boiling Springs, PA.
The shelter says, “Sunnie is a very independent cat, but loves to get treats and other goodies from her humans.” She also adores being brushed!