5 Myths About Senior Cats Debunked
By John Gilpatrick
Kittens often get all the glory, but senior cats make wonderful pets, too. Just ask Marci Koski, a certified feline behavior and training consultant and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions in Washington State. She’s had her cat, Jesse, since he was 3. He’s now 18, but Koski wouldn’t change that for anything. “He sleeps more than he used to, but I know his personality, habits, and routine, and he knows mine,” she says.
Even if you haven’t had the pleasure of spending a decade or more with a cat and developing that relationship, an older cat might be the right choice for you, says Dr. Bruce Kornreich, associate director for education and outreach for the Feline Health Center at Cornell University. This is especially true if you’re no spring chicken yourself. “We’ve seen that adopting cats can be psychologically beneficial to older people, and in many cases, an older cat is the perfect match,” he says. “They’re generally calmer and make for great companions.”
If you decide to wade into these waters, it’s best to be prepared. A senior cat’s needs are often different from those of their younger counterparts. Here are five myths about senior cats, debunked by experts.