Hi guys, Dusty, senior cat of the Dash Kitten crew here. I have an update on my settling in, and some senior tips so share that we have learned along our settling in journey! This blogging lark is a lot of fun, so thank you for dropping by and listening to an old kitty’s rambles!
You can catch up on my previous blog posts here, including my mad dash for ‘freedom’, and my thoughts on good food.
My Thoughts on Being Adopted as a Senior Cat
I confess that being a senior in a new home has taken a bit of getting used to. Not weeks but months, if I am honest, to realise the family have no expectations of me; just positive hopes for my wellbeing and health. It’s a slow and un-pressured learning curve that I appreciate as as oldster.
Us senior cats with a bit of history may take a while to settle in. So if you adopt one of us – take it one day at a time, patience is key as we may bring habits born from times of fear or stress. Oh, you need an example? I kick my litter a long LONG way, so I need a clean litter tray every day. I’m not just a scoop the poop cat, I’m like a rock star trashing their hotel room heh heh!
QUESTION :- How did we get round this? Easy, I have a hooded litter tray!
People adopting seniors, or special needs cats, are in it for the ‘long haul’. Totally committed to their special cats. Our friend Sophie a CH (cerebellar hypoplasia) kitty, featured here, is an example of a lucky kitty having an awesome, truly committed, pet mum, Emily.
My Senior Cat Settling In Thoughts
Here’s some things I have begun to learn, as a senior cat, since I joined the Dash Kitten family:-
- I have the freedom to come and go as I please! I am not obliged to stay outside until tea time which is what I used to do. I don’t have to move an inch (or 2.5 centimetres!) from my heated bed, unless I need to use my en suite facilities. In winter why go anywhere? In summer the garden is my oyster!
- It’s taken time but I wander a little bit more confidently around the house now. It’s nice, I am under no pressure to do anything but snooze, and the other cats are cool with me being here – no fights, no stress.
- I have learned that if I sit up, look alert and cute, I get more to eat! I eat three times a day with a small snack to stop any ‘night starvation’. Mum has also learned that raw food is beneficial, so I eat a diet of Jimbos, with a little variety from Purina Broths, and Applaws. I do not appear to have many renal issues, and Jimbo’s keeps me healthy. Raw food also keeps my hooded literal tray smelling fresh too 😉
- I get taken to the vet every six months for a health and wellbeing check. Harvey tells me that this is obligatory for seniors of the Dash Kitten Crew so I go along with it happily enough. The family wants to keep me well, and I am beginning to realise that they love me – I even meowed for the first time last week!
A senior cat can make YOU happy.
Mum would take another senior – no hesitation – and says we senior cats are low stress, and grateful for a loving home. We don’t always need our mums to spend hours playing with us, mostly we are content to snuggle close, and enjoy some low key, quiet company. If you can, consider giving a senior kitty a home, or equally importantly, foster (like the crew did with Nemo). It can save a life.
OK you you ‘uns, I have chattered on far too long and I need a nap. It’s been nice to talk to you, and I hope to be back with a New Zealand Spring report soon!
Your senior cat buddy