Here are just three of the many reasons that Senior Cats make
1) They have already learnt their manners! They know how to
use a litterbox and not to scratch your furniture because they have
already been trained. The have generally grown out of the phase where they use your hands as toys or pounce on your feet under the covers.
2) They are much more low maintenance than younger
kitties! They don't need as much high-energy play as a kitten (and kittens need a LOT of high energy play!!!) - mostly
they're looking for a cozy lap to curl up on and a nice friendly hand to
give their bellies a loving rub.
3) Their personalities are already
developed. Unlike with a kitten, when you don't necessarily know whether
your new pet is going to be hyper, mellow, friendly, distant, needy,
aloof, etc. with an older cat, what you see is what you get! (Except for
the fact that these guys are often stressed-out because often their
life has been overturned by the death or move of a previous owner, and
once you take them home with you they are apt to become more relaxed,
happy and comfortable!)
Here is a poem we think encapsulates the very special experience of adopting a senior cat...
One By One
One by one, they pass my cage,
A little old cat, wizened with age.
Way past his prime, can't run and can’t play.
They shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a cat so old and so frail?
My owner decided I didn't belong,
I got in his way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse he made in his head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
When I had come to the end of my rope,
You looked at my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them all with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And then I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.