I saw a bit on the news recently about a cat shelter that had a program for seniors—senior citizens and senior cats. I did some checking and discovered that there are programs throughout the states where shelters pair older cats with older people. In Ohio, for example, there’s a shelter that waives adoption fees for anyone 60 or older who adopts a cat over eight years old. In Virginia one shelter advertises senior cats for senior laps. You must be 65 or older and adopt a cat that is 7 or older in order to have the fee waived.
What are some of the best breeds for the older generation? I found a list and it included Persian. Yes, they have a great disposition, but if you don’t want to deal with all that fur, it might not be the breed for you. Also recommended because of their purr-sonalities are the Scottish fold, British shorthair, American shorthair, Maine coon and ragdoll.
So there you go. If you’re a senior who has been considering adopting a cat, check programs in your area that pair older, settled cats with older, settled people. You just might find a match made in heaven.