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Celebrate Older Cats on Grandparents' Day

27 September 2017
Celebrate Older Cats on Grandparents

This year we’re celebrating Grandparents Day, but not for the reason you might expect.

We’d like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the ever-increasing numbers of senior cats in care at Cats Protection.

Even cats as young as just seven or eight years are overlooked - and that is just middle aged! The oldest cat ever recorded was aged 38 from the USA!

Their plight is even worse in summer when most people are looking for a family pet and their first thought goes to kittens - and all those wonderful, loving seniors are left behind yet again.

Grandparents Day celebration was introduced to the UK in 1990. It has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October since 2008.

So this year we’d like to celebrate alongside our older cats in Cats Protection care. Take a look...

Age is only a number!

Throughout the UK more than 6x as many kittens are being rehomed instead of their older friends. Figures across Cats Protection adoption centres show that nearly 10% of cats in care are aged 11 years or older.

When kitten season is underway, typically running between April and September, it brings a dramatic rise in older cats being left on the shelf. Across the charity, very young cats often only remain in care for up to 10 days in comparison to older cats who await their new homes for up to 59 days.

Improvements in cat care have greatly raised the quality and life expectancy of cats across the UK and many of our feline friends are now living into their late teens and early 20s in good health

Why not consider a senior?

If you’re thinking of adopting a cat why not consider one a little older than you might have originally gone for? After all, there are a lot of advantages to adopting an older cat:

  • An adult cat's personality has already developed, so you'll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • An adult cat may very well already know basic household etiquette.
  • An adult cat won't grow any larger--well, as long as it doesn't eat too much!--so you'll know exactly how much cat you're getting.
  • Adult cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they're bored. Adult cats also make great napping partners!
  • Adult cats have often already been taught that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
  • Adult cats are harder to find homes for, so when you adopt a senior cat, you're truly saving a life. 

Take a look at some of our amazing oldies below: 

Older cats for rehoming:

Kozal 16-year-old ginger male: http://ncac.cats.org.uk/ncac/adopt-a-cat/?cid=184478
Kozal’s video: https://youtu.be/H6pZyNu2UPg 
I am so handsome and full of regality, I am truly what you need in your life. Does it matter if I am older? With age comes wisdom and experience, isn't that what the people say? Handsome Kozal is looking for a loving home with lots of space to explore and a garden to roam when he pleases. A low cat density area would suit him best as he prefers to be to main cat around!

Carly 13-year-old black female: http://ncac.cats.org.uk/ncac/adopt-a-cat/?cid=196736
I am a sweet, friendly lass (with a splendid coat). I enjoy sitting in the shade in the hot weather - then again, who doesn't? I also enjoy a game of ball! I am looking for a home with someone who will love me lots! I would prefer a home without children. I would also like to be the only pet in my new home. 

Lara 13-year-old tortoiseshell and white female http://ncac.cats.org.uk/ncac/adopt-a-cat/?cid=190419
Lara’s video: https://youtu.be/V-aaMpQCKJc
’m a confident girl who will seek you out for food and a tickle behind the ears. I especially love any attention to the tip of my chin.  My previous owner informed Cats Protection that I love to play with and destroy toy mice filled with catnip. They also said that I love to laze around soaking up the sunshine so a garden is a must! 

Poppy 10 year old black and white femalehttp://ncac.cats.org.uk/ncac/adopt-a-cat/?cid=197289
I am a lovable lap cat who likes to cuddle up on my human’s bed at night. I am also rather partial to cat-nip! My purrfect home would be a place where my friend Fluffy and I could be homed together, we would love a garden to explore, but most important is a family to love us. 

Fluffy 10 year old black and white female: http://ncac.cats.org.uk/ncac/adopt-a-cat/?cid=197290
I am an affectionate lap cat who is ok with being groomed. It should also be noted that I am a big fan of cat nip!