Senior shelter cats are typically one of hardest types of animals to find homes for. Common misconceptions about cats include their poor health and inability to train. However, enrichment and attention from people can make a big difference when helping senior cats find homes, and essentially save lives.
One such senior cat was Jack, a 13-year-old friendly feline who was surrendered to the shelter in early September 2022. His previous owners were moving and were not able to take Jack with them. Jack was a relatively healthy but geriatric cat with a mild heart murmur.
Jack was quickly made available to adopt and was placed in Cat Colony 3. Cat staff felt he was overlooked by those ready to adopt. Luckily, he had positive attributes, like the fact that he previously lived with kids, dogs, and other cats. That made him a perfect option for his adopters!
Jack flawlessly adjusted to his new home. He enjoyed hanging out in closets and trying different kinds of wet food. Jack also loves catnip-filled mice toys to bat around. He loves to meow for fun in empty rooms. He sometimes gets moody if he can’t have more than 1 Churu Tube treat a day!
The biggest challenge to overcome was inappropriate elimination in empty boxes and on bags. The reason for this was that he didn’t like a new kind of litter. Once that switch was made, the behavior was positively corrected.
Now, Jack is doing great and has adjusted well to his fur-ever home. He loves snuggles, tummy rubs, and naps in the sun. He lives up to the description that was on his kennel card:
“You might see senior and think I am all tired out, but you would be mistaken! I am still full of life and love just as much as the next guy. I am still up for a good laser pointer play session and of course cuddle time. I love everything and anything, but especially people!”