Human Baby Boomers currently range in age from 48 to 66. Feline Baby Boomers range in age from just over 7 years to just under 12 years. As with humans, these felines are in the prime of their life and most have many years of life and love to give.
The truth is that just as with humans, cats are living longer due to better food and lifestyles and veterinary advances in treatment. A cat living a healthy life can easily live into their high teens with many cat owners reporting cat companions living into their 20’s.
Most of these Baby Boomer cats have lived their whole lives in happy homes, and are now bewildered to find themselves in a shelter. For others they may be looking for a loving home after roaming the street due to being abandoned. Whatever their story might be, older cats have an undeniable ability to elicit compassion, love and generosity.
The desire to give an older cat a loving home for the rest of their days is a strong motivation for many people. To give them a great place to live for the last years of their lives is a wonderful feeling.
Finding feline Baby Boomers
All no-kill facilities and rescue groups will have feline Baby Boomers for adoption. Some of the groups promoting their senior cats include:
Friends of Cats
All of the cats at Friends of Cats have been spayed or neutered and are microchipped. They have also been screened for good health and are current on most shots. All cats are tested negative for FELV and FIV. When you adopt from them, you will also receive a certificate good for a visit to a local veterinarian.
Friends of Cats offers a $35.00 for senior cats 10 years old and older and has reduced rates for multiple adoptions.
NatCat – National Cat Protection Society
NatCat makes sure all cats are spayed or neutered, are in good health and sound temperament, have been tested for feline leukemia, given vaccinations or annual boosters and de-wormed and they have microchips.
Nat Cat adoption fees start at $75.00.
PAWS of Coronado
PAWS of Coronado runs a Feline Baby Boomer Program for their senior cats. All of their cats are spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, tested negative for FELV and FIV, and extremely socialized.
These Baby Boomers are eligible for the Senior to Senior Cat Adoption Program where cats over ten years old are matched to humans 55+ years old.
These fees are $35.00 for the first senior cat adopted and $15.00 for a second senior cat adopted to the same person.
Special adoption fees
When looking to adopt a feline Baby Boomer from another organization, make sure to ask about special adoption fees for older cats.
For instance, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA waives their adoption fee when people over 60 adopt animals over 7.
A story from a reader
I was looking for a cat, not sure of the age, it didn’t really matter, and my back was to some people behind me looking at a beautiful 13-year-old cat named Princess. I heard the little girl say she loved the cat, but the father said, “No, no, she’s too old.”
I turned around and Princess looked at me and I looked at her, and I knew right away. I said, “You’re coming home with me.”
But the most thrilling thing is that as I completed the paperwork, the staff there all gathered around and said, “Princess is going home, Princess has found a home!”
They were so thrilled that this older cat had found a home. I adopted Princess when she was 13 and she was with me for eight wonderful years. She passed away at the age of 21.
So you see, adopting a senior cat gives you a chance to really make a difference in a cat’s life, and in return that cat knows you have save them and will give you so much in return.
If you are not quite ready to adopt, but want to make a difference why not consider fostering a Baby Boomer cat? These cats would greatly appreciate a break from shelter living. Check out the foster network at furry Foster to see if there are senior cats looking for a temporary home in your neighborhood.
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