Recent up date from Gerrys owners!! Lovely!
At the end of September last year my darling 2 year old kitty lay down and died on my kitchen floor. I was utterly devastated and swore I'd never let another cat break my heart. But as time went on I realized it would be nice for for our resident puss (a mature lady of 9) and for our children if we had another cat. We live on the A2 in Faversham and a lively, curious kitten who would wander into the road and break my heart again was not an option. I briefly toyed with the (expensive) idea of a pedigree that I could keep as an indoor cat, but after alot of thought decided to get in touch with the Cat's Protection, where they would be able to find me a cat suited to my situation and needs. After a lengthy discussion with Sharon at CP we decided a mature cat would best, but i was still surprised when she called to tell me about Gerry. Gerry is 15 and none of my cat's have ever lived that long. I did have to think about it. Knowing that I would be taking on a cat that would only live a few more years was a big decision, but in the end I couldn't resist (especially after I saw his piccie!). And the idea that older cats remain homeless because people only want to rehome kittens and young cats is so sad. Gerry has now been with us since the weekend before christmas and he's really part of the family. It took a while for him to settle in and he's still a bit nervous of the children, but he's firmly established himself as mummy's new baby and sleeps under our bed every night.
So if you are thinking about rehoming a cat, please don't over look the older generation. They have just as much to give as a cute kitten and may even be more suitable for your circumstances. Gerry says he's very happy to be able to spend his twilight years with his new family that love him very much!