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Adopting Adult Cats Instead of Kittens (Is It Right for You?)

Liz loves animals. Seeing them ill, hurt, or killed breaks her heart. She advocates for "adopt, don't shop" and TNR programs for feral cats.

Henri's owner died, and the cats were all turned over to H.A.L.O.  Henri is just moping away, spending his days hiding in the back of his cage.  He'd rather have cuddles.

Henri's owner died, and the cats were all turned over to H.A.L.O. Henri is just moping away, spending his days hiding in the back of his cage. He'd rather have cuddles.

What Is Wrong With Adopting a Kitten?

In a word, nothing. There are many, many kittens available (especially in the spring and early summer) who will be needing forever homes.

The problem is that almost everyone falls in love with the sweet, innocent, wide-eyed baby face of a fluffy kitten. Everyone wants to adopt a kitten. Even though there are still far too many of these babies put down at so-called "shelters," it is still easier to find homes for kittens than for adult cats.

Update: Please note that all the H.A.L.O. cats featured in this article's photos have long since been adopted, except for Luv-Luv, who was taken back by her original owners. That was a happy ending for all of them.

Nelly is about 4 or 5 years old, and she is very depressed at finding herself living in a cage.  She'd love to go home to a lap instead.

Nelly is about 4 or 5 years old, and she is very depressed at finding herself living in a cage. She'd love to go home to a lap instead.

Is an Adult Cat a Better Choice Than a Kitten?

Well, that depends upon your circumstances. It may or may not be a better choice, but it is still a very reasonable and valid choice.

Adult Cats Don't Get Adopted as Quickly

As mentioned above, adult cats are more of a 'hard sell' case than kittens, so they tend to languish longer in cages that are not their home. A cat that has once had a real home, and suddenly finds itself in a small cage with no room to romp and play, can rapidly become depressed and anxious.

If they are left there too long, their entire personality can undergo a shift. Rescuing a cat from this situation is a wonderful, heart-warming thing to do. The cat will be forever grateful. Trust me. Even though cats are famous for being independent and having "attitude," you will know that your mature feline friend is happy to be in a real home again.

Rescue Homes, Shelters, and Rescue Organizations

Some kitties live in rescue homes until they can be matched with just the right person, and these are the lucky ones—they have a real home environment while they await adoption. It is much less stressful for the cat.

In between the foster/rescue home and the sad case of "shelters," are the rescue organizations that house animals until they are adopted—and do not ever put an animal down. Sadly, though, they, too, can run out of space, at which time animals may be put on a waiting list or simply denied. If that happens, the relinquished pet often ends up in a "shelter" anyway, or—worst of all—just dumped somewhere.

Luv-Luv: She was about 7 years old when this was written, so she had some years left on her.  She has a bit of the Siamese "catitude," but she eats up attention gratefully.

Luv-Luv: She was about 7 years old when this was written, so she had some years left on her. She has a bit of the Siamese "catitude," but she eats up attention gratefully.

What Are the Advantages of Adopting an Adult Cat?

There are several advantages in opening your home to an adult kitty. Again, it depends on your own circumstances, but here are just a few reasons an adult may be a better choice:

  • You, or a family member, may be somewhat elderly and do not want a rambunctious kitten underfoot to trip you or make you keep getting up to remove said kitten from places you don't want it to be, such as climbing the draperies.
  • You may have a dog, and even if you are pretty sure the dog won't attack the cat, most dogs are larger than most cats (with the exception of the small toy breeds of dogs), and a dog plays more roughly and could hurt a kitten by accident. Even a small dog is larger than a tiny kitten, and there is still danger to the kitty.
  • An adult cat can look out for itself, or run and hide, perching someplace the dog cannot reach, when it has had enough of doggy play (or perhaps even "own" the dog and "teach it a lesson").
  • In the case of an elderly person looking for a companion, again, an older cat is calmer. I hate to bring up this point, actually, but an older cat may not have many more years left than the person, and the family won't have the problem of "what to do with a cat that has outlived its owner." Death of the owner is a major reason for adult cats ending up in shelter or rescue situations, because the rest of the family did not want the kitty. This is so sad.
  • Conversely, if there are very young children in the home, a kitten can be in danger of being "loved to death" by overly enthusiastic hugs from small kids. A mellow adult cat known to be okay around kids is a better choice. As with the dog issue, an adult cat is better able to get itself out of reach when it has had enough, while a kitten may react by biting or scratching, as they do when playing with their siblings.
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Eva: an older girl, about 10.  She has some arthritis, so she won't be jumping around bowling people over.

Eva: an older girl, about 10. She has some arthritis, so she won't be jumping around bowling people over.

Who Are All These Cats Pictured Here?

I volunteer for H.A.L.O (Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization), a rescue group in Eastern Contra Costa County in California. We take in cats and dogs—adults as well as puppies and kittens.

My personal interest is the cats, because I no longer have the physical stamina or strength to keep up with a dog. Dogs are more high-maintenance, and as we have cats at home, I am very familiar with handling them.

All of the cats shown in this article (except the final photo, below) are those who were available, as of this writing in June of 2012, and who were languishing, unchosen, at the rescue facility we used to have in Oakley, CA. They were there about 4 months.

While we did have different shifts of volunteers coming in on a daily basis to see to the cats' needs and let them out for some exercise, grooming, playtime and socialization, in the end, they all went back to their cages, and it is just not the same as having a home.

Update: H.A.L.O. no longer has a physical facility, but suffice it to say, all of the adoptable cats of any age are now housed exclusively with foster family caregivers and taken to adoption events on the weekends at local pet shops. This is much less stressful for the cats, particularly the adults.

All photos by the author.

An Adult Cat Is Grateful to Be Rescued

This is Shadow; a semi-feral cat that was hanging around our home.  We felt sorry for her when winter hit, and we brought her inside.  Now, she's a nice lap kitty.

This is Shadow; a semi-feral cat that was hanging around our home. We felt sorry for her when winter hit, and we brought her inside. Now, she's a nice lap kitty.

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Save a Life and Give Yourself Some Joy

What are you waiting for? Go get a nice, mellow, grown-up kitty!

© 2012 Liz Elias


Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on July 14, 2015:

Awww, how sweet, Stephanie! Cats are the most wonderful creatures, in my opinion! Even our 10-year-old can still be silly, but our "new" eldest kitty (after losing the actual oldest in March), rarely wants to play any have to annoy him with the toy in his face before he will swipe at it. LOL

I don't think RVing or camping with SEVEN cats would be a good idea, though. ;-)

Many thanks for sharing your story!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 14, 2015:

After losing my wonderful cat, Gemini, my husband and I adopted two rescue cats from a local animal shelter. One was a 6 month old youngster, the other, we were told, was about two. As it turned out, the older one is closer to 7 or 8 years old, but she is the most loving pet. The younger one keeps us entertained with her antics. Both of our "babies" travel with us in our RV and have made wonderful indoor pets. We are so glad we adopted adult cats and saved these two lovely felines from life in a shelter.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 11, 2013:

Hello, Riviera Rose,

Nice to meet you. I know what you mean on both hurts so much to lose them, yet your life feels empty without them; what to do?!

All of our kitties are indoor-only, so they don't go hunting. We feel, (as does the rescue group with which I volunteer), that kitties are much safer inside--that way, they are not exposed to predators, diseases, cat fights, cruel people, cars, etc. They are happy, healthy, and quite content to race and chase around the house playing a game known as THoE, (Thundering Herd of Elephants) , as they forgot to read the chapter in the cat manual that says cats are quiet on their feet! LOL

Senior kitties do still have a lot of love and cuddles left to give, and I do hope you find just such a special one in your near future. Thanks very much for your comment.

Riviera Rose from South of France on January 11, 2013:

I find myself cat-less after 18 years and although I miss them terribly, I need a bit of time before getting any more. But I've often thought I'd rather get an older cat, if anything because young ones tend to go out hunting all the time, while the older ones just want to snuggle up on a warm lap and snooze! I think rescuing an older cat who's perhaps outlived a lovely owner would be wonderful. One day...

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 29, 2012:


Thank you so much for sharing your and your mom's experience and outlook. Your mom sounds like a very wise and caring lady.

It is an uncomfortable thing to consider, but yet so true. Who will care for our kitties when we are gone?

I appreciate your comment, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the article.

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on October 29, 2012:

An excellent hub which states so much that is obvious, but it needs saying. Bagera in my photo who died earlier this month was adopted at 18 months, his brother was 3. My mums cat bluebell who I wrote a hub on because of her toes was about seven and mum had the attitude that she was nearly 80 - if she had a kitten she wouldn't be there to look after it all its life whilst with Bluebell the difference might not be too much ( anyway it is settled should anything happen to mum buebell come to me)

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 24, 2012:

Hello, Peanutritious,

Blessings upon you for rescuing older animals. They are no less deserving, and they will be eternally grateful.

You are so right about the wrong-headedness of people who think of their pets only as status symbols. That is just insane. Animals are ours to love and share our lives with; not to show off for glory and glamour.

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful outlook.

Tara Carbery from Cheshire, UK on October 24, 2012:

Hi, i'm so glad that you are opening people's eyes to adopting an older cat. All my animals are rescues. I'd much rather give an animal a happier later life so it doesn't die with sad memories about being mistreated and unloved. I always say this to people spending a fortune on pedigree animals. They shouldn't be a status symbol, you should want to offer an animal love and happiness.

Stephanie from Binghamton on October 20, 2012:

I agree so much about the male cats! My boy David finds our 8 week old kittens to be just like his own. He grooms them and looks after them. Whenever he hears them crying he's to the rescue in a matter of seconds! He sounds similar to your cat, whenever he has had enough he will hop up on his tower and watch over them while they play with each other. It's incredibly the instincts that adult cats have over the little ones.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on October 20, 2012:

Hello sgio2189,

It is indeed a hard choice to make. Sometimes, if you are able to take 2 kitties, a kitten and an adult cat will often get along better than a pair of unacquainted adults; the adult's 'mothering' instincts will come out.

This is true even of male cats. One of our male cats just loves the kittens, and thinks he's their older brother or uncle or something. He naps with them, plays with them, grooms them, and 'schools' them if they play with his tail too much, but never gets overly rough--when he's had enough, he takes off for "his" perch on the cat tree.

Thank you so much for offering your perspective; I'm glad you liked the article.

Stephanie from Binghamton on October 20, 2012:

I have to admit I've always felt guilty thinking about this. There are so many adult cats out there who have been taken from their homes or who have been thrown out. There are so many lovable home seeking cats who are simply overlooked because they don't have that cute fluffy face and that squeaky meow.

The only reason I have only ever gotten kittens is because I didn't want my older cat to feel replaced or give him competition, so far it has worked to my advantage, but this hub really makes me think about my next adoption. I will definitely be looking for the older kitties.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 25, 2012:

Hi again, Kathy--

(Good name--it was my mother's ;-) )

I know what you mean about all the heart-wrenching and heart-breaking posts on Face Book. As much as I can, I try to re-share and re-post at least a few each day, but without spamming everyone's news feed....and still maintaining time for the things I must do to take care of my own household. I wish I could clone myself and do so much more. Thank you again for being one of the helpers....Liz

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on June 25, 2012:

Hi Lizzy....I sure hope someone steps up to offer these beautiful older cats a home....each night, on Facebook, there are, literally, hundreds of cats in high kill "shelters" whose last hours remain. People; many caring groups, individuals, etc. rush to publish the pictures, ID#'s and information hoping that someone in the area (these are across the states), or someone who is able to sponsor, foster, transport, etc. please take that step and save a life.

Thank goodness, at least, that these beaufiful cats you've pictured here, get to live...and have people care for them, even if it is for just a little bit...there are so many degrees of tragic...from the very most horrendous treatment to the caging of beautiful, innocents just because no one has claimed them as a loving companion.

Sometimes, I can't sleep at night due to all I see and all I have learned over the 3+ decades I've been active in animal issues/rights/welfare/protection and has become and is my life's only pursuit to the exclusion of so many other things..I only wish that there were more people like you and others here on HP as well as "out there" in the world who cared enough to try...try to help/save/rescue a deserving companion animal.

I wish that there were enough homes and enough love for each and every've dne a great service by alerting others to the need you see every day....thank you, dear Ms Lizzy!! your friend, Kathy

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 25, 2012:

@ Pamela Kinnaird W--Hello, Pamela Kinnaird W,

Thanks very much. I"m glad you liked the article and the H.A.L.O. acronym. It is very much part of our philosophy to keep the animals socialized. We are 100% volunteer-run, and because of that, some days a volunteer might not have time to do more than the utility maintenance--scooping boxes; feeding, etc. , but most of the time, we try to get at least some play or grooming in.

@ Lucky Cats--

It is so sad to see kitties stuck outdoors in such hot temperatures--it is not good f0r them. I do hope some kind souls take pity and at least put out some boxes for shade and some nice cool water.

Thanks very much for the votes and the share!

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on June 25, 2012:

Good, wonderful evening, MsLizzy! Of course, I concur 1000%! And I don't need to add a are amazing and thoughtful, caring and lovng...and the senior, older, "fine tuned" kitties of the world thank you from the bottom of their furry little hearts. I love this...and I love you for writing such a fine, kind and thoroughly convincing hub. All ups...beautiful pictures, too. Kathy

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on June 25, 2012:

You made some valid points here. And what a great acronym for the rescue organization where you volunteer: HALO.

Even though the cats there are stuck in a cage at night, I am glad they have that safety from the elements -- and visitors every day. I'm in Arizona for a few months. To my great sadness, there are many homeless cats here. It's 109 most days and getting hotter.

Voting up, useful and Sharing.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 12, 2012:

@ Brenda--Hello again. It sounds like your shelter is on the right track, with just a bit further to go to become a true no-kill facility.

If the cats living outdoors are feral, they can indeed benefit from a TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) program, in which they are trapped, spayed or neutered, and released back into their original territory. At the time of the surgery, their ear is usually "tipped" as a visual clue that the given cat has already been deprived of breeding capability. It is true that TNR programs work, and, cats being territorial, it does keep additional strays from moving in--it helps balance the ratio of cats, as well as help in controlling pest populations.

That said, I'm still in favor of keeping one's pet kitties indoors, safe from disease, predators and vehicles (as well as abusive humans!). Best wishes in your search to rescue the kitties, and I thank you for the kindness in your heart.

@ Angie--I'm most please that you enjoyed the article andI thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to you for operating a mini-rescue program of your own. Cats can and do show gratitude in the most amazing ways. Nothing is as precious as that beautiful purr-song that says "I love you, and thank you!"

I loved your story, and that is an AWESOME video! Wonderful--definitely sharing all over the place! There are so many lessons humans could learn from animals. (Sorry in advance for any typos here, as I can't see very weel through the tears....)

Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on June 12, 2012:

Useful hub, DzyMsLizzy ...

My family has always taken in whatever cat pitched up at the door needing a home. Of course these were usually older cats who came from ... who knows ... but they never let us down. Having had a home and had it taken away from them, for whatever reason, makes them ultra-grateful when they find another.

My latest furry squeeze, the indomitable Toof, is the subject of my hub about the amazing gratitude of rescued adult cats. For those people who have ever doubted cats could love this should change their minds

Many thanks for highlighting this important issue and continued good luck with HALO!

Brenda Durham on June 12, 2012:

Hi, thanks! I've asked the Shelter; they say they do everything possible to avoid euthanizing any cats. I've visited there before, and they have many older cats that are comfortably living there, as well as younger ones in view for adoption. At the same time, they did recently refuse to release an outdoor cat that had bitten a child, even though those kids have a history of abusing that cat and the cat was tested and did NOT have rabies, and even though we had personally seen that that cat wasn't mean at heart. That ticked me off royally. That's what I mean when I talk about outdoor cats. I honestly believe they provide a benefit to neighborhoods if there aren't too many of them. Yet I don't have much option. I will check out the possibility of any rescue programs, thanks!

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 12, 2012:

Hello Brenda,

Thank you so very much for the votes! I'm really pleased you so enjoyed this article. But I implore you, before you take two babies to a shelter, find out about that shelter. It is kitten season, and often there are so many that turning them over to a shelter is a death sentence. Be sure you have a no-kill shelter you can bring them to. If the local shelter is a killing shelter, then google rescue groups in your area; call veterinarians' offices to inquire about rescue groups, or if indeed, the vet's office does rescues, etc.

If there is a rescue group, (such as our H.A.L.O.), that is your best option. They may or may not have space--all the groups are different. Some have a large facility, and never turn down any animal; others, such as ours, have a small facility, and generate a waiting list. However, all of the H.A.L.O. kittens and puppies are fostered in private homes, and brought by the foster 'parents' to the adoption events, held every weekend.

That is a win-win situation: the animal is saved and gets to go to a loving forever home; the foster gets to enjoy animals they know they cannot keep; and the group usually covers all expenses for food, vaccines, etc.

Writing about your cats would be a fun thing to do--I do that on my blog that is purportedly written 'by' the 'cat-speak.' ;-) Although, I've been so busy writing here, that my blog is quite neglected.

Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experience.

Brenda Durham on June 12, 2012:

DzyMsLizzy, good hub; rated UP and all that. I'm actually getting ready to take two kittens to the local Shelter if I don't find homes for them soon. Like all cat lovers do, I'm already getting attached to these 8-week-old kitties. But can't feasibly keep them since I already have enough cats, and this litter is from an outdoor kitty that we kinda adopted/feed/love, etc. And sometimes I'm rather torn between inside cats and outside cats. They all thrive on human contact, but they're useful and sweet outside too; we love our indoor cats but they don't get to explore the outside world nor keep the mice population down, etc.

Good take on adopting older cats too; I haven't seen anyone write on that particular subject before now.

Any hub about cats draws my attention of course. Glad to read yours.

I'm thinking of hubbing about my experiences with cats including the interesting behavior of the sweet Mama cat we have outside.

You're so right----little kittens seem to draw more careful attention than older cats! Their eyes are usually blue and/or so bright and pretty; then they change color etc. But indeed we love our older cats just as much as when they were kittens.

I wish the best for H.A.L.O! And for you. Again, good job in this hub.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 12, 2012:

@ LetitiaFT--Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I can only hope that this article does help. Your input is much appreciated.

@ Chris Hugh--Thank you so much for sharing your story and experience. Twitch sounds like a wonderful kitty, indeed. I know what a good friend he is to you. We can, indeed, develop a very deep bond with our pets, if we but allow it to happen. Black kitties are very special, as well. We do so miss our little girl who went off to the Rainbow Bridge far too young from a mystery illness.

I'll definitely have to look up Twitch's book. .. ;-)

Chris Hugh on June 12, 2012:

I don't know how old my black cat Twitch was when I adopted him, maybe three or five years old. He's been with me 11 years now and I can't praise him highly enough. He is a friend and an inspiration.

He's had some illnesses, pancreatitis, FLUTD and now he has an enlarged heart, and his illnesses have brought us closer. I never thought I could develop so much trust and communication with an animal. He used to be a stray, and it's as if he thinks "Hey, I've got great medical and dental at this new gig. I want to take advantage of it."

Right now I'm warming up his Lactated Ringers Solution because I'm going to give him his nightly sub-cutaneous injection of fluids. He doesn't love it, but he trusts me and will let me do it. When I was brushing my teeth earlier, he hopped onto the sink and reminded me to brush his teeth too.

I've helped him, nursed him and spend thousands to save his life. I've done everything within my ability and understanding to help him, and he has done the same for me. A couple months ago I fell asleep without my CPAP (I have extremely severe sleep apnea). Twitch gently patted my cheek until I woke up and put my breathing mask on.

Twitch's picture was in a the New York Times bestseller "How to Take Over the World: a LOLcat's Guide to Winning." That motivated me to start sending out my own writing. (Yes, my cat was basically published before me:)

I went to the shelter fully intending to adopt an adult black cat, and I'm so glad i did.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 12, 2012:

It's so tragic to think of those wonderful animals having their lives turned upside-down with little hope of ever finding a new home. I am so glad you wrote this and I hope it has the impact it deserves to have.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 10, 2012:

Hello, shiningirisheyes,

Thank you so much for choosing adult animal companions. Their needs are no less than those of kittens or puppies. I'm so pleased to be able to shed light on the matter. Thanks very much for the vote!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on June 10, 2012:

I am a huge supporter of adopting older animals and have done so throughout my life. Thank you for writing what I consider a very important hub. Shedding more light on this subject always helps.

Voting up

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 10, 2012:

@ jasmith1--Thank you so very much for sharing your experience with an older cat. You point out some additional positive features, such as already being house-trained. All they want is to be loved, and that's not asking a lot. I'm pleased that you liked the article.

@ Hyphenbird--Awww...I know how much you must miss your Cotton. They do wrap around your heartstrings, don't they?! Memories are a good thing to keep. It is the same with our black cat, Soot, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge back in 2008.

Fostering is indeed an excellent way to always have a pet if you cannot afford one yourself. It is wonderful; if a bit bittersweet when you must let them go to their forever home, but you are rewarded with knowing you saved them so they could have a forever home. I'm glad you found the article useful. ;-)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 10, 2012:

DzzyMsLizzy, that white cat in the photo looks like my Cotton. He died a few years ago and we miss him so much. We talk about him often. I have thought about fostering an older cat. Right now I hesitate to adopt one. I am out of work and finances are tight so I would not be able to provide medical care if an older cat needed it. But the foster agency could.

Thank you for a great article that opens eyes and hearts.

Jen Smith from UK on June 10, 2012:

We adopted our cat Squeaky when she was five and it has definitely been the best thing we have done! I love kittens as much as the next person, but we did want to rescue a homeless adult cat because as you said, they are often the second choice. There are so many benefits as you wrote about: she is the most adorable, cuddly cat with a great personality as well as house trained and very tidy! thank you for highlighting an important issue. :)

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 09, 2012:

Hello, Tamarind,

Thank you so very much for sharing your experience. You are so right--it is not fair to the animal to suddenly find their circumstances drastically changed. And yes, humans are responsible for domesticating the animals we call pets. I'm so glad you liked the article.

Tamarind on June 09, 2012:

I had an older cat when I was a kid. She was a little scared at first, but with time she got to know my family and was very happy with us. It is a wonderful thing when someone adopts an animal whose life with another person ends. It doesn't seem fair for them to have to rough it after they have lived with humans for so long. Farrel cats do okay on their own sometimes but cats that have been fed most of their lives have a hard time. Humans created these creatures anyway, they should be taken care of. Love this Hub, thanks for sharing.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 09, 2012:

Hi again, Victoria--

Thank you very much for the links. I'll be sure and check out your hubs about your dear Prince Albert. Here is a link to the Rainbow Bridge site, where you'll find the poem... ... (tissue alert!)...

But it is comforting at the same time.

I agree of how sad it is that our elders are just tossed away..(and not only dogs & cats...people, as well)!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 09, 2012:

I love the thought of the Rainbow Bridge! I have added your link to both my hubs having to do with Prince Albert and adopting older cats. The pics in your hub made me sad. More people need to adopt older cats. There are so many out there that are just thrown away....

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 09, 2012:

@ melbel--ACK!! Thanks for pointing that out! That's what I get for writing in a hurry to try to get the word out with just one day left in the event!

@ Victoria sweet, so bittersweet. I'm so glad you shared this story. I'm sure Prince Albert fully enjoyed his twilight years as a treasured friend. Blessings upon your kind soul for taking him in. May he fly free and young over the Rainbow Bridge!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 09, 2012:

I just buried my 19 year old cat a few days ago, so this hits home. I adopted Prince Albert just a couple of years ago when his owner next door died. He ambled around with arthritis and one blind eye. He was skinny and frail the whole time I had him. But I think he loved being taken in and pampered; he seemed to have no desire to go back out into the big, bad outdoors. And taking him in was such a reward for me. There's something heartwarming about the whole experience. I just wrote a poem about my dear prince that I made into a hub. I also have a hub about cat adoption tips for older cats that I need to link to this hub. Maybe it would help to convince people to adopt older cats. I know that, based on my experience, I will do it again. So glad you wrote this hub. Many votes and sharing!

Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on June 09, 2012:

Just want to warn you of a misspelling in your title: Adpot

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