I’ve found older pets will take the time to say “I love you” by curling on your lap, a soft paw on the cheek or a gentle gaze. This is not to denigrate the charms of kittens but young cats are often too busy scampering around to fully savor the simple bliss of just enjoying a moment of life with their humans.
A mature cat is tempered by time but no less loving, and can be more satisfied with the warmth of a loving family as opposed to a house full of toys.
Senior cats that are adopted late in life seem to instinctively know they have a second chance are often show their thanks with extra devotion. Why more old cats are not adopted is beyond me.
That said, November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month. Yes, September is barely half over but it’s not too early to think giving yourself — and a cat — some happiness.
If you’re a little older and thinking about adopting, check out this article from Humane Society.
The downside to adopting a senior pet is that you won’t be together for a long time. All I can say is carpe diem, baby. Your pets do.
Editor’s Note: We’d love to hear your stories about life with senior cats. If you have pictures, that’s even better. Drop us a line.