At Brodie Animal Hospital, we love to see it when a pet finds a home! We love it even more when people adopt a senior or special needs cat because they can bring so much love and joy into a home.
Reasons to Make Adoption an Option
Adopting a pet in need of a home is always a wonderful idea.
It is hard to believe that around ten million pets are euthanized in the United States every year simply because they do not have a home.
Consider adoption over buying a pet so that you can:
- Feel good about doing your part to help with pet overpopulation
- Know that you made an impact on a life
- Help create room for a shelter or rescue to care for another pet
- Inspire others to give pets in need homes as well
- Support your own mental health
- Save some money on basic care like vaccinations, spaying, and neutering that has likely been completed prior to adoption
- Have your pick of the litter
Why a Senior or Special Needs
When thinking about adopting a cat, don’t automatically rule out senior or special needs cats. These animals have a lower chance of being adopted over a bouncy puppy or fluffy kitten, but they are just as deserving of a loving home.
Reasons to consider adopting an older pet or one with health issues include:
- They are more likely to be fully litter box trained
- They often have already learned basic manners like how to use a scratching post
- The ability to know the personality and temperament of the pet you are bringing home
- They often have a little less energy, making them nice options for busier households or those with small children
- You will be made aware of any medical or special needs so that you have the ability to consider if it is something that your family can take on
Before taking on a senior or special needs cat, consider things like the ongoing costs of proper care, time commitment, and home adjustments that need to be made. We are always happy to field questions about pet care. Please contact us if you have any questions about a potential pet adoption.
Regular wellness visits are an important part of pet wellness care, but it is even more vital for pets who are older or have known medical conditions.
Routine visits can give us an opportunity to discuss your new pet’s care and needs, and specific recommended diagnostic testing may give us helpful information to aid you in taking the best possible care of your new furry family member.
Adopting a pet in general can be very rewarding, but adopting a senior or special needs cat fits into a class all its own. We are happy to play a part in your care of a special addition to your family.