This Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Consider Bringing Home a Senior Kitty

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 2:45pm

Why should kittens have all the fun? Here at the ASPCA, we’re huge fans of senior cats. We find that cats who have been around the block a few times are often wiser than their younger counterparts, and just as fun to have around. When you choose to adopt a senior cat, it’s very likely that he or she will already be litter box-trained and will provide low-key feline companionship. June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and we hope you’ll consider adopting an older cat.

Here are a few senior kitties available for adoption at our Adoption Center in Manhattan:

Black cat sticking out tongueRoc: This sweet guy is very friendly. While he isn’t a big fan of dogs, he really enjoys the companionship of other cats. Roc would love to join your family—especially if you have a resident cat or two for him to befriend!

Simbasa:  This big cat is a gentle giant who enjoys snoozing on a large pillow by the window. She’ll wake up in time for a tasty treat and a nice long petting session.

Striped cat taking a nap on blue bedGus: Gus is a shy and sensitive cat. He enjoys quiet, gentle attention. Gus is looking for a peaceful household with an experienced adopter, and he’d like to be the only cat in his new home.

Not in New York City? Check out our database to find adoptable cats in your local shelter.

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They are precious and beautiful. I hope each one and all the older cats find wonderful homes. They should not be spending their golden years in the shelter. They need big, fluffy pillows to sleep on in their own, loving homes.


I raised seven cats from kittens (all orphans and rescues) and two are still with me and are now almost 20. My other babies have all passed away over the last four years, ages ranging from 18-22, and my two dogs who were well into their teens. I would still adopt a senior cat (or dog) or a special needs cat (or dog) for sure. I hope any shelter who adopts out senior pets educates people of the health care needs of senior pets and makes sure the person has the resources to provide proper care. I know some people out there think any home is better than a shelter, but not if the pet is going to live in misery and could have had the opportunity to find the right home. The comment about wanting a senior cat because kittens want to play all the time is an example of someone who doesn't sound like he would deal with the potential special needs that can and often do develop in senior pets. I have seen too many people neglect their senior pets by not providing them with the health care they need to have a long, quality life. It breaks my heart. Some people don't have the money and others just take the position that their pet is "just old" and the blow off symptoms that require attention. A senior pet takes a great deal of responsibility, needs a lot of tender loving care and should be taken very seriously, especially a senior pet who has spent a great deal of time in a shelter or has been traumatized by the death/loss of his/her lifelong human companion


Thank you for pointing out the very things that many don't consider when adopting any animal. I have had a number of senior cats over the years and one blind one. It takes money and patience and a lot of tlc. But the love received in return is priceless. People should just be sure they realize they are taking in a living creature and not a piece of furniture or doll they can ignore when they are not interested.

Chris Mitchell

I prefer the senior cats to kittens, most are already litter trained, and just want to be lap cats. Kittens want to play 24x7.

Maab's Mommy

That's why I love them ALL! My kitty is 12 and and loves being an only-kitty, but we are a team. Meantime, I'll play with any kitten I come across. I'm hoping these beautiful guys and gals find their forever home soon.

S. O. Rooney

Cal me strange, but I much, much prefer senior cats (and males the best)! Not only do you know what your getting, as someone else said, I just like 'em more. They have more personality and "charisma." (Not to mention that the are less likely to find a home than kittens.)


Senior cats are the best. My little guy was 8 years old when I adopted him 6 years ago from our local Humane Society. He's very shy but such a loving little boy. With a senior cat you know what you're getting and he adapted to my house very quickly. Kittens are adorable but they're kittens for such a short time. The last two dogs I've adopted were 5 and 9 respectively and I will always adopt an older animal. They're wonderful.


I live with 6 adult cats I rescued. they are as frisky and happy as the kittens Ihave taken. It's all about love.

Judy O.

What a wonderful article, I have a 14 year old cat named Casey and adopted him when he was 6 weeks old. He still plays with his sister Grayce who is six and Leo his brother who is 7 and can outrun them both and is the love of my life. I hope he lives a long, long life with me.


Cats are like wine. The older they get, the finer they are.