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    The Benefits of Senior Cats

    Articlecat health and wellbeingMonday 07 April 2014


    Many rescues struggle with the weight of too many abandoned senior cats, who are sadly overlooked just because of their age. But an adult or eldery cat can be the ideal match for first-time cat owners, or those who work - see why below!


    Older cats are typically waiting far longer in rescue centres, causing their stress levels to rise whilst waiting for a new home.

    In the case of Little Valley, their situation is aggraviated because of the rules against cats existing in the region.

    When it comes to rented property, many landlords are reluctant to let tenants have cats, although most will allow dogs. The current financial climate in the region means lost of people having to downsize or sell up and move into rented accommodation, and many are having to let their animals go because of this discriminatory rule against cats. 

    There are many benefits in choosing a senior catizen as your companion:

    1. Older cats are less destructive. Most have left the behind that flush of youth so you won't have to worry about chewing and hunting habits.

    2. Senior cats have manners. Most of them are already housetrained and know what a litterbox is for and other homey stuff.

    3. You know exactly what to expect from a mature cat. You already know its size, how long its fur will be, its colour and features. 

    4. Older people can find the presence of a senior cat very comforting and calming, because they both just want to relax and take life at a slower pace.

    5. The more mature the cat is the less energy around it. You don't have to worry about a cat flying around the house.

    6. Adopted senior cats are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, they know you gave them a home when no-one else would. They surely will form a close bond with you once they have settled.

    7. Your senior companion will already be neutered, healthchecked, vaccinated, wormed, defleaed and ready to go.

    8. Older cats sleep more and are more self-contained, so if you need to be out at work all day, your cat will be llikely slept for the most part. Not being a kitten anymore, it does not need the constant attention and stimulation.

    Ill-health and vets fees are usually considered as upsetting by those adopting an older cat. They should not be worried as Little Valley informs and warns prospective adopters of any existing medical conditions and what that involves.

    Moreover, cats over the age of 10 adopted from this and many RSCA's are automatically enrolled in the Shelter's Golden Oldies Veterinary Scheme where the Shelter will help with contributions towards any age-related veterinary treatment. 


    Could you provide a loving home for a rescue kitty? Have a look for shelters in your local area.





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