Senior cats — The perfect pet for seniors

By SCOTT MACLAY | Mar 08, 2017
Photo by: Donated 7 year old Honey in the arms of Megan Hauser

Feline Urgent Rescue of Western North Carolina (FUR of WNC) is presently housing several senior cats in need of adoption. These lovable cats are 7-years old or older and have many good years of love left, making them ideal pets for senior citizens.

“Although kittens are always cute and bundles of energy,” said Sydney Klocke, President of FUR, “they are just that — bundles of energy.

“We think our senior cats will be ideal for a home with senior citizens because they will bring companionship and joy without the training necessary for a kitten."

Older cats are litter box trained and happy to be inside. They can provide partnership for life. Pet ownership gives senior citizens a sense of pride in taking care of a pet they love and joy in the feeling of responsibility for another life. Pet ownership can also lead to socializing and friendships with other pet owners.

According to the American Humane Society, even though cats require fairly minimal care, the care they do require provides much-needed exercise for older owners. Even seniors who have arthritis or other physical limitations can easily care for cats. Scooping their boxes, feeding them and giving them fresh water are activities that get seniors moving more around the house.

As for the cat, it gets the extra time and attention in a less stressful environment than a home with children would have.

“A win-win situation all the way around,” said Klocke.

Before they are adopted, all cats from FUR are spayed/neutered, brought up to date on shots, leukemia tested and microchipped. The adoption fee is $35. In the event that something happens that the owner is unable to care for the adopted cat, FUR will take it back.

To make an appointment to meet the cats at FUR, call 844-888-2287 (CATS) or visit the website at furofwnc.org to fill out an appointment form.  Cats are available for adoption Monday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm.

Information regarding adoptions, donations and volunteer opportunities is also on the website.

To keep up with news of FUR and the good work it is accomplishing for abandoned and stray cats, follow FUR of WNC on Facebook and Instagram.

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