5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

It’s easy to pass by older cats when you’re looking to adopt. Kittens are generally much more “in your face” — cute, energetic, totally Instagramable. But senior cats have a lot of special qualities, too! In fact, you might be surprised at just how delightful an addition they could be to your household. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth taking a second look.

5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

1. Senior cats have fully formed personalities.

Spend a little time visiting with an older cat in an animal shelter and you’ll quickly learn who jives with you. Their quirks and preferences will be apparent to you right away, meaning you’ll be able to figure out whether or not they’ll be a good fit immediately. Plus, they’re already housebroken.

2. Senior cats have a lot to teach little ones.

Many people worry about whether bringing an older cat “set in his ways” into a house with younger cats will become a problem. It doesn’t have to! If plenty of care is taken with that first introduction, cats of any ages can find harmony with each other, given time. Just keep calm and let their relationship evolve on its own.

Tabby cat sit beside a food bowl

3. Senior cats are usually pretty relaxed.

If your goal is to find a stable, mature, affectionate pet, a senior cat may be the way to go. Senior cats don’t run around like kittens, but they have other valuable characteristics. Older cats are likely to be a little lower key, reliably affectionate and more content with life. That’s a really special thing!

4. Senior cats are often overlooked.

The number of senior cats (think 7 years, plus) up for adoption in animal shelters almost always exceeds the number of kittens available. Sure, kittens have a unique energy, but an older cat brings calm and maturity. If your goal is to give a pet a place in your home, why not look at those often forgotten? They have just as much — if not more — love to give.

5. Senior cats deserve a loving home, too.

Is there anything more beautiful than giving an older pet a loving home in which they can enjoy their last years of life? No, you may not have her as long as you’d like, but knowing you’ve given this cat the gift of love and companionship is more than enough. What greater satisfaction is there?

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56 comments

Yvonne T
Yvonne T27 days ago

yes- thanks to all rescuers!!!!

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Edith B
Edith Babout a month ago

Thanks, sharing this post.

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Jeanne M
Jeanne M1 months ago

There is a local man who makes a point of giving a home to the old cats who are brought to the SPCA (which is a no-kill shelter, by the way). Blessed are they who rescue.

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney1 months ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney1 months ago

Informative Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney1 months ago

Interesting Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney1 months ago

Great story Thank you for caring and sharing

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Helen C
Helen C1 months ago

your giving a senior cat love and peace in his final years.......

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Maureen G
Maureen G1 months ago

I wanted to know why this particular advertised rescue cat was only $35 when most were $100. I was told no one wanted her as she was too old and had been in the shelter for 2 yrs.. When asked how old the cat was I was told 5 yrs and 1 month!!!! I thought to myself that at 72yrs many people thought I was too old too. Tiger Lily came home with me and now over a year later she and I are good companions and are enjoying life together.

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Anna R
Anna R1 months ago

thank you for sharing

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