When you are considering adopting a pet, it’s important to learn if your personality will match with your animal of choice. Kittens are often playful and have lots of energy, but it’s uncertain when they mature if they will be free spirited or affectionate. It’s easier to pick up on the personality of an older cat because it’s already fully mentally and physically developed. November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. If you have room in your home for an animal, considering bringing home a mature cat.
How Old is a Senior Cat?
According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a senior cat is 11 to 14 years old.
Benefits of Senior Cats
House-trained – Unlike kittens, senior cats know how to use a litter box. Additionally, some may know not to the scratch furniture and to use the cardboard post instead.
Napping – Older cats may like to sleep more than their younger counterparts. This might be good for people who have a sedentary lifestyle and prefer low-impact activities, like reading a book on the couch.
Senior to Senior
According to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, some pet organizations have senior-to-senior programs where they place an older pet with someone over 60 years old. In many cases, these animals’ activity levels match up with their owners, resulting in the perfect pairing.
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