For general information about adopting one of our rescue cats, please see the Cats for adoption page: http://www.bristolandwalescatrescue.com/catsforadoption.htm
IN PRAISE OF OLDER CATS
Older cats are always harder to re-home, especially during kitten season when they are completely overlooked in favour of the little cuties.
BUT older cats make wonderful pets:
They don't wreck the house!
They are more relaxed and love their cuddles - they make great lap cats.
They are much less demanding and are happy to be left on their own.
They don't go far and many are content to be indoor cats - a bonus for people living in flats or on busy roads.
Older cats make great companions for older people but many senior citizens believe they cannot own a cat because they don't have transport or they are less able than younger people.
RUBBISH!! Older people make wonderful owners, they have more time and often more patience!
We provide a full support service - trips to the vets, help with medication etc and we are always at the end of the phone.
The benefits of cat ownership have been scientifically proven:
Cat owners are more active and more sociable, they have better physical health, recovering from heart attacks more easily and making less trips to their GP.
They have better mental health, they are happier with another little soul to look after - it gives them a focus and a reason to get up in the morning.
Loneliness is a terrible thing and a little furry friend improves their whole quality of life, increasing social interactions and providing companionship.
Have you an elderly friend or relative who would love some company?
Please consider one of our golden oldies below:
Ebony is 14-15 years old; he was around 6 when he was taken in as a stray by his elderly owner. He died a few months ago and his very elderly mother was looking after Ebony; but recently she was taken ill herself, so he was left in a house on his own for a few weeks, with another relative going in to feed him.
He is a really sweet, gentle, handsome boy who is no trouble. He may have had a run in with a car at some point in his early life, as he only has half a tail, and his pelvis seems a bit weak, giving him a 'low slung' kind of walk which puts his fosterer in mind of Bagheera, the panther in the Disney film of Jungle Book! But he won't be leaping around and would need to be helped on and off a bed or sofa.
Ebony purrs for ages when he is given attention; loves ear rubs; is happy to be picked up; and has lovely thick, soft fur. In fact, he is really cuddly for an elderly cat (they can get slightly bony with age, like humans!) and, once he has settled, will love snuggling on your lap for as long as he can.
He was diagnosed with epilepsy some years ago, but this is now well-controlled with one table a day, which can be put in his food. He hasn't had a fit for 6 months.
We are looking for a special person to love and care for Ebony for his twilight years. He only ever went outdoors to toilet, so will be very happy as an indoor cat (he uses his litter tray immaculately!).
Gemma is a very friendly, chatty, 11-year-old tortoiseshell with a beautiful black splodge on her white nose. She loves you to sit with her and give her all your attention, and she enjoys swiping and pouncing on a dangling catnip toy (as long as it’s not too scary!).
Gizmo, 10, is Gemma’s son. He’s a gentle ginger giant who loves nothing better than a head rub and a tummy tickle. He had a difficult start to life, so he’s very shy and hides away a lot. He needs a patient and loving owner(s) who will help to love him out of his shell.
Gemma and Gizmo are neutered, chipped and have had their first vaccinations. Ideally, they would like to be homed together, but wherever they go, it must be quiet, without children or dogs. Their previous owners not only had their own children but ran a child minding business and both cats found this environment very stressful.
Felix's owner is reluctantly parting with him due to a house move. He is 11 years old, and although he's not a lap cat, he loves being around people: he will have a little chat with you and is very purry. He is also used to dogs and still has a playful side - his favourite game is chasing a piece of string or wool! He would suit an adult home or one with older children.
Felix has had a bowel condition in the past and has recently had a recurrence of the problem and is on daily medication (Prednisilone). However, as a much loved puss, he is insured and the insurance can be transferred to a new owner.
This is 10-year-old Jasmine who had to move out of her home as she didn’t get on with the family puppy. She can be a little shy so she would be best suited to a quiet home where she can get to know her new family in her own time. She may never be a lap cat but she is very chatty, loves being around people and enjoys nothing more than cuddling up on the bed; once she is settled, she will purr and paddle away when stroked.
Her foster mum would love to keep her but feels she is best suited to being an outdoor cat as her hunting skills are wasted on string and fabric mice! Despite her age, once she sees a ribbon, she is like a kitten again and will play at any opportunity.
Jasmine is microchipped, neutered and fully vaccinated. She has recently had blood tests - results of which have come back fine - and a dental procedure, so a bit of an MOT! What the vet did mention is that she could do with losing a bit of weight!
This beautiful tortie girl is 10 years old and is in need of a new home as her owner had to move and was unable to take Tigs with her.
Tigs can be quite timid at first but once she feels relaxed, she's very affectionate and quite chatty. As she is used to a quiet life, she would be best suited to a home with no children or other pets.
9-year-old Colin's owners have made the very hard decision to put her up for rehoming as she's unhappy living with two small children. She is therefore looking for a new, calmer home where she can be the centre of attention once more.
Colin is very friendly and enjoys being stroked, with lots of head/ear rubs. She's not keen on being picked up and is only an occasional lap cat, but goes all silly and 'inside out and upside down' when she's fussed on the bed - her favourite spot! She spends most of her time upstairs these days, to avoid the children, so would love to have a whole house to herself again. She would also prefer to be an only cat.
Swindon - home from home.
Well meet Fluffy:
Her owner says, "We adopted Fluffy at age 10+ and she's been in excellent health, no trips to the vets apart from vaccinations, is chilled and great with my respectful children. We would certainly take on an older cat again. We are so grateful to have a mature cat that's litter trained and doesn't scratch the furniture.
She is a real character. Every time I come anywhere near the PC Fluffy is straight up on to the desk, well onto the chair and then onto the desk! She lies down to sleep but in such a funny position! I know people may not want to adopt an older cat, but I would highly recommend it. What you see is what you get! Thank you Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue for Fluffy."
As you know, BWCR doesn't do putting to sleep; we give every cat the best chance we can and that includes our oldies, but sometimes we just can't rehome them. So.. we have an OAP room with our lovely Jen (an OAP herself, bless her!) in Eastville where they can live out their days in comfort with a lovely sunny garden to enjoy.
But ..they are a drain on our resources - from vet visits and medication to only eating posh pouches as their appetites aren't great when they're older - or maybe with old age comes great wisdom and the ability to con us!
We have Yasmine with mammary tumours, Smokey who is 22 and Annie who possibly has gut lymphoma - they're all happy and enjoying life and will stay with us for however long they have.
If you are able to help with the cost of keeping them for the rest of their lives, please get in touch.
Little old lady Annie (15+) was handed into a vet as a stray but no owner came forward to claim her. She has recurrent bouts of cystitis and the vet suspects that she has gut lymphoma. Her urine is very dilute too, which means she will go into renal failure at some point. She is also very deaf.
Amazingly, Annie seems as fit as a fiddle and is still very spritely! She's a little sweetie who loves food, especially anything her human might be eating - she believes in sharing! Because of her deafness, she has a very loud miaow with which to demand both food and cuddles!