When families look to adopt a cat, often the last cat they’d choose would be a senior, much less one that’s 20 years old.
But then again, often the cat chooses you.
That’s what happened when Jill Williams and her family were looking at Best Friends Animal Society for an addition to their brood. With two small children and three dogs, the family never dreamed their perfect feline addition would be a super senior!
But, Williams couldn’t ignore the cat who was clearly interested in going home with her. “Dexter” meowed and wove in and out of Williams’ legs. He was skinny and scraggly and had a heart murmur. Plus, there was his age to consider. What 20-year-old cat would be happy in a home with two rambunctious young boys and three dogs? It turns out that Dexter would.
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Cats make wonderful pets and there are far too many these days languishing in shelters. To adopt a cat and save a life is a wonderful thing to do and will provide the adopter a friend for life.
Cats are easy keepers; pretty much all they need is a loving home, some toys, food, water, and occasional petting (okay sometimes more than an occasional petting).
Although choosing a cat that’s right for you is not as challenging as adopting the right dog, there are still a few things to consider.
4. Grooming Requirements
5. Cost of Upkeep
6. Exercise Requirements
8. Interaction with Other Pets
I don’t mean to suggest that adopting a cat is a super-tricky business that must be engaged in with trepidation and great caution. That’s not really the case. The topics I have addressed above are just things to think about as you stroll around the shelter looking for a cat who you like and who likes you. In most cases, adoptions work out perfectly well for all concerned, but it never hurts to think ahead.
One animal loving couple is on a mission to use photography to raise awareness for overlooked and marginalized animals.
Jason and Elizabeth Putsche are the founders of Photographers for Animals, a non-profit that aims to use photographs and videos to remove the invented boundary separating humans from the animal world.
Elizabeth brings her background in animal welfare to the project and Jason contributes his professional photography talents. Together they hope to make a big difference.
The first group the couple is showcasing is Community Cats, which includes stray cats (those cats who were previously owned but are now on their own) or feral cats (those cats who were born wild). “There is a stigma and perception about stray and feral cats.
They aren’t always presented in the best light,” Elizabeth tells One Green Planet. “For example when portrayed in cartoons, they are dirty and digging through garbage cans — and they can be wary of people and as nocturnal animals they just aren’t that visible.