Forever Homes For Furry Friends
Our featured kitty today is Billy, who’s in the picture on the left. Billy lives in Minnesota with his fur-brother, Raven.
Here’s Billy’s story, from his mom, Janet:
“Here’s a picture of Billy, my Houdini cat. In his own words, he’s particularly proud of his handsome face and red bell. He adopted me approximately six years ago. At that time, I had the feeling I should go to the humane society. I procrastinated for a week, but the feeling became stronger and stronger, to the point it was urgent I go. I finally went and learned that because of flooding, they were closing the facility that day, and needed to find either permanent or foster homes for all the animals there. From the moment I saw him, I knew he had called me to rescue him and take him to his forever home!”
I love stories with happy endings! Billy and Raven are lucky to have such a great mom.
Older Cats Need Forever Homes Too!
I don’t know how old Billy was when he found his forever home with Janet. If he was older, he was a very fortunate kitty, as the story doesn’t always end happily for many senior cats.
How does an older cat end up in an animal shelter? Many people think that somebody in their family will take their beloved older cat (or dog) if something happens to them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. And if there are no takers, the local animal shelter may be the only answer.
Life is very stressful for an older cat in a shelter. All of a sudden, he’s in a strange place, in a cage, with strange people, strange food, a strange litter box. The person he knows and loves is not there, and he may be separated from any cat-friends or dog-friends he’s lived with all his life.
The smells are different. He may be surrounded by other cats, which is hard if he’s always been an only cat. He may hear dogs barking someplace, which is scary, because he doesn’t know where they are. And older cats don’t adapt to stress very well.
All this is very confusing for him. He may become grouchy or cranky, which will reduce the chances of him being adopted. And his health may start going downhill. The sad fact is that many older cats do not find new homes. They end up being euthanized.
What Can You Do To Help?
This first thing you need to do is to ensure that your kitty will always have a home, even if you die or become disabled or ill and can’t take care of him any longer. Make plans now to protect your kitty’s future.
Second, go to a shelter and adopt an older cat, if you can! Mature cats are wonderful pets, especially if you’re older yourself. A kitten becomes a cat who may live 15 or 20 years, so if you’re over 50, you may want to consider a senior cat who is seven or older.
I’ll be the first to admit that kittens are lots of fun. But they can be annoying, too. Most older cats are past clawing their way up the curtains, and they already know what a litter box is, too! The calmer nature of a senior cat may be ideal for an older person who needs a loving companion who is happy to sit in somebody’s lap and be petted.
So please, consider giving an older fur-baby a forever home!
You may want to read about Miles and Phil, who have spent their entire lives at an animal shelter in Kentucky.
Would You Like To See YOUR Cat’s Picture Here?
If you’d like your cat to be world-famous (well, he’ll be famous around here), send me his picture! Clear, close-up pictures of your fur-babies are always welcome, whether, they’re being cute, sleeping, doing something goofy, or just being themselves. Please include a short bio about your kitty, too. How old he or she is, how your furry friend came to you, and special things your kitty does are all great topics. Send me an email, and I’ll tell you how to send your cat’s picture to me.
In the near future, I’ll be featuring articles from my readers about reiki and cats, and how to communicate with your cat. YOU can be the next person to share your cat wisdom! Articles on cat rescue, successes (or failures) in treating your cat with natural remedies, how you take care of your kitty who has a chronic illness, remembering a special fur-baby, training your cat, or whatever you want to write about, as long as it’s cat-related, are all welcome. Your article should be at least 500 words, and can be as long it takes you to tell your story. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar; I’ll take care of that for you. And if you have a blog, you’ll get a link back to it.
So send those pictures and articles to me! I look forward to hearing from you all!
In the meantime, check out this new video site called MewTube! It’s YouTube for cat lovers!