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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:
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 Lizzie in renal failure, Daisy who's 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 (17+) 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!
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."
12 year old Misty was given up as her owner emigrated to Australia; she's a really sweet little thing who looks and acts much younger and loves to be out in the sunshine exploring the garden. When she's had her fill she'll happily snuggle up for a cuddle and tell you about her day!
She has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy but she has no symptoms and requires no treatment and there's no reason that should change. We realise that could put potential adopters off so we would be happy for her to go as a longterm foster in the Bristol area and BWCR would fund any treatment if it was needed for her heart.
Neutered, chipped and vaccinated.
Distinguished older boy of 14, calm and gentle, happy to snooze and eat and have snuggles. Salem is a sweetie, ok with respectful other cats and likes a potter round the garden.
His owners weren't interested and he was living in their garden so the vet persuaded them to sign him over so he could have a better life.
Neutered, chipped, vaccinated
Sweet little Pudding, she's a little chubby but nothing a few wanders round a garden won't sort.
She was adopted from us a few years ago but unfortunately her owner has died. Pudding is 14 now and looking for her retirement home. She's gentle and loves attention and would love a quieter home where she can all the spoiling to herself.
Lovely Mitzi was unwanted by her owner and taken to the vet to be put to sleep, she's only 10 and in great health so they refused and rang us instead.
She's lovely, a real smoocher who just loves attention from her humans. She would prefer to be an only cat though.
An outdoor cat.
Eats Purina chicken biscuits so not very expensive to feed as a big bag around £8 will last well over a month.
Because of her diet she has a very glossy coat and is extremely smooth to the touch.
Very healthy – the only visit she has had to the vets was because of some guest fleas!
She likes to sit on window ledges and make "chirping" noises when looking at birds.
She isn't a lap cat but loves being smoothed and shows her appreciation by being very vocal.
She loves playing – my husband spends a lot of time with her pulling a simple piece of string or a long stick and she will chase it for ages.
She is a bit wary of strangers but once she gets to know you she will let you know.I've never witnessed her get her claws out for anyone. Very friendly cat.
Although we did have a dog she is very wary of them and will suit a dog free home.
As Fizz is an older cat I think she would suit someone who lives in a quiet house with no children. Although she has been brought up with my daughter she isn't one for being held and constantly being picked up and will struggle to jump if held too tight.
To summarise, Fizz is an easy to look after cat and extremely friendly if a little shy at first. She hasn't any vaccinations but if that proves a problem I am more than happy to pay for vaccinations prior to rehoming.
Angie is a sweet, gentle and affectionate 10 year-old tortie, who's a bit timid to begin with but once settled is mad about cuddles and fuss. She's tiny and extremely pretty, with super-soft fur. She also has the distinction of being a polydactyl cat: she has an extra toe on each of her front paws, making her look as though she's wearing mittens!
She craves attention and loves a lap; for that reason and because she is easily dominated by other cats, she'd probably like a home where she's the only puss. But after only a few weeks in her foster home she is already fairly relaxed with three resident laid back felines – to the extent of being happy to sit in a semi-circle with them in the kitchen, waiting for her share of some freshly cooked chicken! So she could probably co-habit and share the attention with one other gentle/live-and-let-live sort of cat.
Angie would like a quiet home. She would be OK with calm kids over the age of 12, but wouldn't be happy living with babies or young children as they'd frighten her.
Neutered, chipped and vaccinated.