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Alone and Lonely? Think About Adopting a Senior Cat or Dog

 Petfinder, the ASPCA, and other animal advocates have set aside November as Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Kittens and Puppies are always in demand, and sadly, the senior cats and dogs are often overlooked in favor of the cute little kitties and pups.

This is unfortunate for many reasons. First, because many animal shelters are cramped for space to house a steady influx of new animals. Kill shelters will almost always euthanize the senior cats first, along with special needs cats.

Even non-kill shelters, when admitting new animals, may be forced to overlook the older cats in favor of the kittens. 

And second, because senior cats are so loving and loyal to those fortunate humans who adopt them. You would miss out on the unconditional love a senior cat would give you.

While kittens are playful and cute, they do require lots of special attention during their first year. They must be trained to use the litter box, to refrain from scratching furniture, and to stay away from areas with breakable keepsakes. Most senior cats have already been litter box trained, and will use a scratching post if one is provided. Their counter-surfing days are likely long past, but their skills of snuggling in the arms of a well-loved human are permanently established. Consider the number of reasons to adopt a senior cat, and I think you might agree.

If you are a lonely empty-nester, or recovering from the loss of a cat, it might be time to think about adopting a new cat. If you are a senior citizen, an older cat would be the ideal companion.


Think about it. Is a new cat in your future? I pray for the sake of both of you that it will be a loving, loveable senior cat.

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