Older Cats Offer Many Rewards

by Bonney Brown

When I first noticed Mogli, he was sleeping on his back on a cushy bed in the “older but wiser” cat colony room which he shared with several other senior cats. I was not looking for a cat to adopt, but I was drawn to this happy gentleman with his old battle scars and charming demeanor.

Mogli, it seems, lived most of his ten years on the streets of Sparks and was, therefore, really enjoying the warmth and generous food supply in the shelter. Many senior pets arrive at a shelter after years of a comfortable life with a person they loved. They may have spent quiet days lounging in the sun and enjoying the company of their special person and find the hustle and bustle of the shelter to be stressful. In some cases, their person has died or can no longer care for them. Your heart goes out to these felines in their loss, but you also cannot miss their hunger to give and receive love again. Cats can live well into their teens and I have known several cats that have lived happily to the ripe old age of 23.

Mogli’s introduction to my home and other pets was the easiest ever. He is calm, well-mannered, affectionate and a delightful companion.  Many people who adopt senior pets report similar experiences. They talk about the gratitude and affection they receive and the benefits of maturity. You know what you are getting when you adopt a mature pet while kittens have a lot of growing to do and may develop into an adult that is very different from what you expected.

In spite of the many benefits of older pets, they can wait in the shelter for many weeks before someone who can appreciate the beauty of a mature soul arrives to take them home.

While mature pets may have known a loving home and the pain of losing it, unlike humans, they do not dwell on the misfortunes of the past. Living in the moment, they take great joy in their new-found human family. Their happiness is part of what makes adopting an older pet so fulfilling, but it is also just plain fun and rewarding to adopt a loving, furry senior companion with which to share your life.

Nevada Humane Society and other shelters in our community have great older cats waiting just for you!

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