Seniors for Seniors

Senior cats make wonderful companions for seniors! Although many seniors would love to have the companionship of a feline friend, they often avoid taking on the responsibility out of concern for their family and the cat.  "What would happen to the cat if I am no longer able to look after him?"  We understand the concerns people have about this and, as part of our adoption agreement, if a family member or friend isn't able to care for the cat, we agree to take the cat back should the need arise.   

Senior cats (7 years or older) appreciate a quieter home and there is a special understanding both human and feline seniors seem to share.  These cats can still live long, healthy lives but they are less active and, therefore, less work and truly appreciate the love and attention a senior can offer them. They love to sit close to you making it easy to pet them and appreciate warmer room temperatures seniors often have in their homes.  An older cat has developed his true personality making it easier to find your perfect companion.

Our senior cats are:

  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Up-to-date on vaccines
  •  Dewormed
  •  Treated for fleas
  • Microchipped
  •  Vet checked

Things to consider before adopting through

our Seniors for Seniors Program:

  • Do you plan on living independently for a number of years?  Although we understand that things happen and living situations can change unexpectedly, the intention of our Seniors for Seniors program is for the mutual companionship to be for as long as possible.
  • Do you travel south for the winter?  Many seniors enjoy heading to warmer climates during the winter.  Cats love routine and a senior cat will bond very closely with their person, so finding alternative accommodation for several months of the year would be very stressful for them.  This type of lifestyle would not be a good match for our Seniors for Seniors program.
  • Seniors with failing eyesight or poor balance can easily trip over pets, especially cats that like to rub up against you.  Matching seniors with cats that don't rub up against your legs or having the cat wear a brightly coloured collar with a bell attached to help know of the cat's location are two ways to help with this issue.
  • Litter boxes need to be cleaned regularly.  If bending down or lifting are an issue, the  litter box can be raised by placing it on an old table making it easier to clean.  Is there a friend, family member or neighbour who could also assist with litter box cleaning if necessary?
  • Do you have both the financial resources and transportation for trips to the vet?
  • Long haired cats require a lot of brushing, which can be difficult for people with Arthritic hands.  Brushes with extra large handles can help, however, a short haired cat may be a better match as they require less brushing.
  • If your cat requires medication for any reason, it will be important to keep it separate from any medication you take.  Mark the bottle of any medication he requires with brightly coloured tape. Don't mark the lids as they can easily be put back onto the wrong bottle by mistake.