Wondering what type of cat is the right addition to your family?

When looking to adopt a new pet, consider a senior cat. Read on to learn all the benefits of adopting an older pet.

While no one will dispute how adorable a young kitten may be, there are so many great reasons to adopt an older cat. Their general calm and gentle demeanor makes them wonderful companions. Whereas kittens may be more frisky and playful, older, more mature cats are known to be calm, sensible and much more independent. They are also more likely to already be litterbox trained, alleviating some of the burden of training a young kitten. Older cats are wonderful pets that will bring a sense of fun and joy into your home.

MAKING YOUR SENIOR KITTY FEEL AT EASE

Like any new pet, be sure to have your new senior cat examined by a vet, and keep in mind, it may take your newest family member a little time to adjust to her new surroundings. If possible, inquire as much as you can about the senior cat's previous living situation:

  • Is she an indoor or outdoor cat?
  • Where was her litterbox previously located?
  • Does she like kids? How is she with strangers?
  • Was a special diet involved, or any special treats?

All of these little pieces of information will help your senior kitty transition purrrfectly into her new home.

Once home, a great way to bond with your new senior cat—and keep her coat healthy and shiny—is with weekly or even daily brushings. This can reduce stress (and hairballs), while also improving your kitty’s circulation, and keeping her looking young with a nice sleek and healthy coat!

TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR OLDER PET

When considering a senior cat, it's also helpful to keep the following things in mind:
· Keep her in shape and properly fed in order to maintain good health
· Consider a cat food designed for older pets
· Be sure to immediately alert your vet of unusual physical changes, such as growths and bumps, excessive drinking, weight loss, or behavioral changes, like hearing loss
· Semi-annual check-ups at the vet can also help maintain your pet’s longevity

These extra small precautions are a small part of senior cat adoption. A senior kitty can provide years of companionship, while requiring less effort and training than a young kitten. Cats can live beyond 20 years, so remember that some of her best years may be her golden years.

And don't forget—November is National Senior Pet Month. Take some time this fall to consider adopting a gentle, loving senior cat from a local shelter or petfinder.com. And if you already own a senior cat, be sure to show her a little extra TLC! Every cat, no matter her age, deserves a special, loving home.