November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Here’s a site that offers support and information about the senior pet. For example, did you realize that a dog and a cat are considered seniors between 7 and 10 years old?
It’s recommended that you adopt an adult cat or dog when you decide to bring a pet into your home. It’s thought that older pets often bond with new people more easily than kittens do. Some older pets can easily learn new routines and adapt to a family. All it takes is love and time.
Many of you reading this have senior pets. Our older cat is 17 this year. Evidently she’s been a senior for ten years. Who knew? Luckily, she has been a healthy girl. In fact, she still jumps up onto the bed with ease. I notice she eats less at a time, but she wants to be fed more often, and she seems to appreciate warmth more than ever. She is a short-hair tortie. She likes to curl up under a blanket tent or a sun puddle shining in through a window. She also lays close to the space heater until the sun comes up on a chilly morning.
Sophie is more friendly to strangers now than she ever was. Maybe she just doesn’t have the energy to go hide somewhere when someone comes to the door like she did when she was younger. Or she finally realizes these people are not a threat to her.
If you are thinking about adding a cat to your home, consider visiting your shelter this week and check out the older cats who could really benefit from a loving home while bringing your family immense pleasure.