Thinking about Adopting a Cat? Read this First

When we were looking to adopt a cat last year, it quickly became apparent that there were a great number of older cats available versus younger ones. My daughters wanted a kitten, merely months old – for reasons most likely for the adorable size – yet cats do get older anyway, so that wasn’t a deal-breaker for us. Plus, seeing so many older cats being passed over just for age was heartbreaking.

We finally found the perfect cat for us, a match in personality more than anything. She wasn’t a senior, but at over a year old, she was still being passed over. So, home she came with us.

Thing is, there are many things that get better with age, and a feline friend is one of them! If you’re thinking about adopting a kitten or know someone who is, ask that they consider a senior cat instead. Sure, kittens are cute, but adult cats have a great deal going for them.

Read and share this list of why adopting a senior cat might be right for you!

  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat you’re literally saving a life! This is a great life lesson to instill in your little ones.
  • A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know right away from your first encounter if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly what you’re signing up for. Plus, you won’t have to upgrade to a larger cat house or litter box as they continue to grow.
  • A senior cat may be house-trained with basic etiquette and not attack feet, bite hands or use the couch or carpet as a scratching post.
  • Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. To help keep cats happy about their litter box, no matter what their age, use a quality cat litter like Arm & Hammer Slide. It traps odours for 7 days, and is dust-free with a soft texture that’s easy on paws. What’s best is the patented EZ Clean technology means the used litter slides right out! No more scrubbing or scraping the bottom of the box!
  • Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

Did you Know? With Friday, the 13th approaching, it’s important to remember that senior cats aren’t the only ones that tend to be forgotten – black cats are too. The superstitions that surround black cats have a real impact on them finding a forever home.

Remember, the idea that black cats bring bad luck is nothing but a myth so don’t let that stand in your way of welcoming a deserving cat into your family.

Have you adopted a senior or black cat? I’d love to hear about your experience.

To adopt a senior or black cat or learn more about cat adoption, visit your local SPCA or go online.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, yet as always all opinions are my own.




  1. I love senior cats. They’re full of so much love. These are some awesome tips.

  2. Our cat was adopted. He was from a hoarding situation, and now that he’s been with us for 2 years, I can’t imagine not having him.

  3. I have three cats of my own I absolutely adore, they have different personalities but all fun.

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