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Why do people dislike older rescue cats? — 16 Comments

  1. The cat cabins are brilliant I had a really cosy shelter outside for Mr Jinks until he broke his leg and came indoors. Some people just don’t seem to get it do they? They say ‘oh they’re fine outside they have a fur coat and can fend for themselves, they can thrive’ Its utter rubbish when you see a cat go from skinny, dirty and cold to one that just thrives being indoors it just makes sense to me! I think people know that life will be hard when they throw their cat out onto the streets they just say what they say to ease their guilt and justify their cruel actions to others 🙁

    • You said it, Leah.
      Cats are as equipped for the cold as we are. It’s different to open a door to let them out to pee rather than have them spend their lives outside.

      I have cozy shelters for ferals, but I have no choice in that. But, my insiders and some of my inside/outers stay imside with me always.

  2. Perhaps its because the older a cat is when its adopted the more ‘bad habits’ its picked up and the more chance it has of being damaged by the bad parts of its life?

    Mrs Jinks for example is an accomplished thief just in one day he has taken a pie, Bacon and some curry if we don’t shut the kitchen door we’re asking for trouble. This probably comes from when he had to scavenge for food and now old habits die hard but would someone want want to take that on? He also gets in the fridge, we’re used to him but they would really annoy some people.

    • Leah: Your Mrs Jinks sounds like a starving kitten I found on the streets. He couldn’t resist stealing food and never outgrew the habit. We had to buy a bin with a snap down lid, otherwise we’d get up in the morning to find him on the sofa chomping down on discarded food he retrieved from the bin. Once he even came home with a still warm, cooked chicken breast he’d stolen from who knows where.

      I’ve taken in a number of older strays over the years and I have to say none of them have ever been badly behaved. They’ve always seemed so grateful just to have a home and regular food. When I took them in for neutering, my vet estimated two of them were in their mid-teens and yet they never once sprayed indoors or displayed any of the less desirable behaviours associated with tom cats.

      • Michele its so sad isn’t it?

        We adopted a stray some years ago who we kept seeing year after year but he just wouldn’t come to us then one day he must have thought ‘what the hell’ he was very timid but he started to come every day for food then he came in and always slept on the same chair ( his bit of comfort and security). You know he was huge! I swear he had Norweigan Forest in there somewhere. He was long haired Ginger and White. You know he turned into the most fantastic cat, he was already neutered but he knew what the cat toys were for and loved to play, he used the litter tray, got on with the other cats, loved the dog. We loved him so much, can you imagine a stray out in all weathers for years living on scraps? We lost him when he got run over and it broke my heart.

        • Leah: You’re right, it’s a miserable life for them living rough and having to survive on scraps. The saddest part is that most of them were once someone’s pet. I always imagine it must be harder for pets to live as strays, than cats who were born on the street and don’t know any different. Maybe I’m attributing them with human emotions, but cats have good memories and I wonder if strays ever think back to the life they once had as a pet.

          My two older strays were originally attracted by the discarded wet cat food I’d been throwing out for the birds. I started feeding them regularly after that and bought a couple of KatKabins for the garden so that they would have somewhere warm and dry to shelter. Gradually they learned to trust me and when they felt ready, they moved indoors with me. The KatKabins have been a great investment as they’re getting lots of use. A young adult stray moved into one of them a little while ago.

  3. All over the world, feral cats are considered as the worst cats. the ignored and disliked cats. But I have seen many feral cats who are adults come to me very happily, never hissed at me and trusted me. Not all of them let me touch or pat. But when got full trust, they them self rub their heads with my legs. Their tail always high and meow gently.

    Its always a matter of patience. and I believe that every cat can become a lap cat if it is tamed with full care and love. Does not matter whether it is a kitten or adult at any age.

    CAT IS A CAT! <3 <3 <3

  4. From posts I’ve seen on the internet I think there’s a common misconception that if people adopt kittens, they can shape their personality (lol). Many a disappointed owner can’t understand why their previously affectionate (needy, baby) kitten has grown into an independent adult who perhaps isn’t so keen on being the lap-cat they’d hoped for.

    My previous cat Holly lived to be 19 and I really treasured those “golden” years when the bond between us grew even stronger and deeper.

    Apart from Sophie who arrived on my doorstep as a kitten 10 years ago, I have only taken on adult or elderly stray cats since.

      • I have a very different approach to this topic, Michael.
        Five fingers are not equal so therefore let me say that every cat has not a same responsive behavior. This is the first point that we cat owners have to accept with our big hearts.

        Let me straight away say it that don’t expect from every cat to become a lap cat. The reason: when we are kids, we are closer to our parents, when we grow up, our parents accept us as grown up youths. When we are kids, we sit on the lap of mum and dad but do we do the same when we are grown up as adults?

        I have seen many human beings that are adults act like children with their parents. Yes I believe that they are lap adults. That is what I call them.

        But cat is a cat and try to understand the main theme of the word cat. It changes every level of its psychology with the passage of time. And that’s why some observers like me call them adult cats. “We have a companion in our home” is the best sentence to use for an adult cat but I never expect that “we have a lap (circus) cat at our home.”

        Let it be within its territory i.e. home, and let it never go out in wild or otherwise I have to repeat the same sentence “Cat is a cat”.

        It is enough for the training of a cat that it is at least socialized. If you wanna tame a cat, means that you have to devote your 90 % time for it. Then if the result is the same i.e. failure in taming it in accordance to what you wished it should be. Let it go and let the fellow roam free within your home. It is enough that she wants to be closer to you.

        In last words I may say, It is impossible that you tame a cat as lap cat and it turns not to be as lap cat. It is impossible. Yes! there are for sure many mistakes during the taming process at your end, not at cat’s end. so, no blame on cats or kitten. Neither blame yourself because ITS A BUSY LIFE. 😉

        <3 <3 <3

        • Agreed. You talk sense. One of the good points about older cats is that you have a fully formed individual. You are not quite sure how a kitten will turn out. I agree that if a person can’t domesticate feral cat then it is better for cat and person to part company.

  5. I’m not sure that some people dislike older cats. I think they just don’t want them for all of the excuses written in this article.
    I’m sure they liken adopting an older cat to that of a used car. It’s risky. They inherit existing problems, they never know when something will break down, and there’s usually no warranty. People are deluded into believing that “system breakdown” doesn’t happen with young cats.

  6. Three such beautiful cats, it’s such a shame no one wants them. It makes me wonder too what excuses their ‘owners’ gave to relinquish them.
    Anyway this is something from Kevin Kays Hill to cheer you up Michael:
    ‘Can you believe it after such a long time in our cattery one of our older cats has gone to live with Lynn he was fortunate enough to survive major surgery when younger losing his full hind leg, buttock and his tail so he is only half the cat he was but makes up for his loss in his huge personality he is such a character and gets around with no problem , he has gone to live with Lynn’s other extended family which includes an other amputee, just hope they all get on and support each other’
    It did my heart good to read that there are some people who care enough to adopt older cats and disabled cats.
    I wish more people would do that.

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