Age Matters as OAP Cats Lose out in the Race for Loving Homes

Age Matters as OAP Cats Lose out in the Race for Loving Homes

Unwanted feline OAPs are sitting unloved on the shelf whereas the brilliant younger kittens are rapidly snapped up, based on adoption figures from a nationwide cat charity.

Cats Protection reveals that older cats aged 11+ take a mean of 1 month to discover a new residence – over thrice so long as kittens who take simply eight days.

Eager to offer the oldies a lift, the charity has created Mature Moggies Day to remind folks of the big advantages of adopting a senior kitizen, to share inspirational tales and supply info and recommendation.

In order to know why older cats are being ignored in favour of fresher-faced felines, Cats Protection commissioned a survey which confirmed that 23% of respondents would think about any cat aged over 5 years as ‘older’. Whereas in actual fact, a five-year-old cat is just 36 in human years and a cat typically isn’t classed as a senior till it reaches 11 years of age.

Under 1 / 4 of survey respondents mentioned they’d be prone to think about an older cat, in comparison with 68% of respondents who could be prone to think about getting a kitten. The prime causes given for not contemplating an older cat have been that it won’t reside lengthy (72%), it will be extra prone to get unwell (56%) and it will value cash if unwell (40%).  Almost a fifth (19%) of people that have been unlikely to think about an older cat mentioned that one of many causes was that older cats usually are not very playful.

Becky Piggott, Cats Protection Senior Cat Care Assistant and long-standing mature moggy devotee, says: “I’m completely enthusiastic about older cats and have adopted 14 of them through the years. I’m at present the proud proprietor of Brigadier Monty Bojangles who’s a really young-at-heart 15-year-old!

“Offering a loving retirement residence to an older cat is extremely rewarding. Older cats have simply as a lot to supply as kittens – they have a tendency to remain nearer to residence, are very affectionate and supply wonderful companionship. With enhancements in cat care, the standard of life for older moggies has significantly elevated so folks positively shouldn’t be postpone adopting one.”

Hollyoaks actress Jessica Fox – proprietor of a 15-year-old cat known as Oliver – agrees, saying:

“My Oliver could also be 15 however you wouldn’t understand it – he definitely doesn’t! He guidelines the roost, offers one of the best cuddles and makes me snigger each single day. The truth older cats take thrice longer to get rehomed than youthful ones is such a disgrace as they’ve a lot to supply a house.”

“All cats adopted from Cats Protection have been absolutely health-checked and include a full medical historical past and 4 weeks’ free pet insurance coverage which is able to cowl any new circumstances that come up after adoption.”

To become involved, go to Cats Protection’s social media channels on 16 June 2021 www.facebook.com/catsprotection or www.twitter.com/catsprotection.  For extra info go to: www.cats.org.uk/mature-moggies

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