A Senior Cat Gets a Second Chance at Love

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:45pm

In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, this guest blog is written by Lacy Paap, a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and proud pet parent of Smedley.

A seven-year-old orange tabby with dental disease, Smedley had been passed over for months at my local shelter. He didn't stand much of a chance. But for me, it was love at first rub.

As I sat down to pet a few of the cats, Smedley came right over and began to head butt me repeatedly. He then made himself cozy in my lap as if we'd already spent years together. At this point, no other cat stood a chance. This was my guy.

Today, this senior boy continues to give the best cat rubs you can imagine and spends every possible moment snuggling with me. He loves indiscriminately and has a surplus of adorable habits that charm everyone he meets.

Smedley is my feline soul mate, and he embodies the meaning of unconditional love. Take a chance on an older shelter cat—I'm so glad I did!

Visit our Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month section to learn more about the joys of adopting a special senior.