Could you adopt a se­nior kit­ti­zen?

Sheri­dan Gaunt, spokes­woman for Pe­ter­bor­ough Cats Pro­tec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cats Protection -

Older cats still have just as much to of­fer as a younger cat. They can be homely and ex­tremely gen­er­ous in their af­fec­tions, and only want a com­fort­able, safe, lov­ing home in which to en­joy life.

Un­for­tu­nately, these qual­i­ties are of­ten over­looked and they can be­come longterm res­i­dents in care. Opal is one of our more ma­ture res­i­dents, aged 12 yrs; she was left alone af­ter her el­derly owner passed away. When she ar­rived at our branch she was both with­drawn and, almost cer­tainly, griev­ing for her owner. Over the past few weeks her fos­terer has worked with her on a daily ba­sis and now she is set­tled and very keen to show us that she is very lov­ing and chatty plus a real lap cat!

Even though she has an amaz­ing per­son­al­ity and is very friendly, loves to be groomed and chill with her fos­terer on the sofa, we know that her age will mean that she will stay in our branch for a much longer pe­riod of time than most.

We un­der­stand that peo­ple will be con­cerned that if they adopt an older cat, they may have health is­sues, but you can be con­fi­dent that our vets give all the cats in our care a thor­ough health check, so you will have an up-to-date record of their health from the mo­ment you adopt them. Your cat will also have at least the first part of their vac­ci­na­tion, if not the full course, de­pen­dant on the length of time they re­main in branch, they will be neutered, mi­crochipped and have had their flea and worm treat­ment.

Our cats all come with four weeks free pet in­surance with PetPlan, which is guar­an­teed to con­tinue re­gard­less of your cat’s age, if you wish to con­tinue the pol­icy with them af­ter this ini­tial pe­riod. Many other in­surance com­pa­nies do not in­sure older cats, which is why we chose PetPlan as our part­ner.

So please, don’t walk past an older cat. They have a lot of love still to share. With ad­vances in vet­eri­nary care and nu­tri­tion and more pro­tec­tive and in­formed own­ers, cats can ex­pect to live way into their teens quite hap­pily, so tak­ing on an older cat doesn’t mean you will have to say your good­byes too soon; you could have many, many happy years of love and fuss ahead for both of you!

Own­ing a ‘se­nior kitti- zen’ can be a won­der­ful and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and you can be happy know­ing that you have given an older fe­line a lov­ing home in which to spend their ma­ture years, which can be fan­tas­tic for both of you!

Our next hom­ing event will be on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, at The Lox­ley Cen­tre, (next to the Crab and Win­kle Pub), Wer­ring­ton, PE4 5BW from 2-3.30pm.

Pho­tographed is Opal, our se­nior kit­ti­zen, who is look­ing to find her for­ever home. If you are in­ter­ested in meet­ing Opal, please con­tact us on 0345 371 2750 or email us at cphom­ing@ talk­

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