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Senior pets and adoption



Meet Denny and Maisie! These two adorable senior cats belong to our client, Meredith. A little over a year ago she adopted TK-old Maisie from Young at Heart Pet rescue. A few months later she brought Denny home from Barb’s Precious Rescue in Palatine.

When Meredith first met Denny, he afraid of other cats and was staying alone in a bathroom at Barb’s. She knew he needed her and she needed him. She adopted him on the spot, but Denny had an upper respiratory infection that prevented him from going home right away. He was also underweight and had an eye infection. He was treated by Barb’s and once deemed healthy enough to go home, Meredith brought him to us for further treatment. With our help, Meredith nursed him back to health. Denny has been with Meredith for close to a year and has undergone a total transformation. He is kind, gentle and friendly.


Meredith is very happy to have Maisie, and now Denny, in her home. She says Maisie is confident and friendly She says Maisie is confident, friendly, and happily accepts petting, but on her own terms. .. Maisie happily accepts petting, but on her own terms. She and Denny get along well and both of them join Meredith while she watches television, with Maisie sitting on her lap.


It is important to reiterate that Denny and Maisie are senior pets. People often hesitate to adopt seniors for numerous reasons, including the fact that the pet is old and will obviously not live as long as a younger pet might. Another big reason people might hesitate to adopt older pets is the fear that the pet might have health issues that they may not be able to handle. While this may be true in some instances, health issues can be treated and shouldn’t be a huge factor when it comes to adopting a senior pet because younger pets can also develop health issues.

There are many benefits to adopting an older cat. Most likely he or she will already litter box trained and will not require the training that younger pets need when being introduced to your home. Older pets have not only developed physically, but psychologically as well. Their personalities are already formed, meaning….. Remember that you’re saving an animal’s life when you adopt a senior pet. Pets that remain in shelters for too long are at risk of being euthanized. There are no-kill shelters, but if not adopted, the animal may potentially live the rest of its life in the shelter, which may not provide the same quality of life as a home.


Whether you adopt a senior pet or younger animal, you must be ready to commit yourself to them so that they can live the rest of their lives happily and comfortably with you. Senior pets can bring people great joy! They are as loving as younger animals and can give you the furry companionship you seek.

Credits: Logan Cyan.

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