Adopting a shelter cat is one of the most wonderful acts of kindness that a person can do for an animal, but older cats, who might not be as adorable to most as young and playful kittens, often get overlooked. Hopefully, this post will show you how awesome older cats can be and inspire you to adopt one of your very own!


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Older cats are often the first to go if a shelter has to euthanize some of its animals, so your impact on your new elderly adoptee's life will be all the greater. Though they can suffer from more diseases than young cats, older cats are often already house-trained and socialized, and their personality will already be set – no surprises!

#1 This cat adopted this 102-year-old woman

This cat adopted this 102-year-old woman

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DulceMoreno 1 year ago

love them so much!!!!

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#2 A Friend Of Mine Just Adopted This 6-Year-Old Cat, And This Is How She Waits For Her Food

A Friend Of Mine Just Adopted This 6-Year-Old Cat, And This Is How She Waits For Her Food

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NQL 1 year ago

OMG...so cute

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#3 Fulfilled A Life Goal Of Mine Today And Adopted The Oldest Cat At The Local Shelter

Fulfilled A Life Goal Of Mine Today And Adopted The Oldest Cat At The Local Shelter

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Shana 1 year ago

That's a beautiful cat :)

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#4 Adopted At 10 Years Old, Meet Lil' T

Adopted At 10 Years Old, Meet Lil' T

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HeideMueller-Hatton 1 year ago

Gorgeous old gal!

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#5 I Adopted A 14 Year Old Cat Named Venture

I Adopted A 14 Year Old Cat Named Venture

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MaryseMeunier 1 year ago

My last cat lived 20 years. I wish you at least 6 years of happiness with Venture. :0)

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#6 I Adopted My 9 Year Old From The Shelter Last Year. She Hasn't Left My Side Since

I Adopted My 9 Year Old From The Shelter Last Year. She Hasn't Left My Side Since

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CelesteMurray 1 year ago

What a sweet love she is!

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#7 Zeta Is About 15 Years Old Now And I Adopted Her 5 Years Ago From The Vet Clinic I Worked At

Zeta Is About 15 Years Old Now And I Adopted Her 5 Years Ago From The Vet Clinic I Worked At

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AnnieMcG 1 year ago

She looks so loved and healthy ^_^

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#8 My So And I Adopted A 10+ Year Old Cat Who Used To Live In The Park

My So And I Adopted A 10+ Year Old Cat Who Used To Live In The Park

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JenniferSackett 1 year ago

Your kindness will be repaid

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#9 I Adopted A 4 Year Old Cat. She Hated All The Toys Except One

I Adopted A 4 Year Old Cat. She Hated All The Toys Except One

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NoémiFenyvesi 1 year ago

4 years is not old for a cat I think

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#10 Adopted An 8-Year-Old Cat From Local Rescue, This Is 10 Minutes After We Got Home

Adopted An 8-Year-Old Cat From Local Rescue, This Is 10 Minutes After We Got Home

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VarshaSarkar 1 year ago

She looks so grateful :')

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#11 I Adopted This Beautiful 13 Year Old Cat. Her Name Is Q-tip For Now But We Are Trying To Think Of A New Name

I Adopted This Beautiful 13 Year Old Cat. Her Name Is Q-tip For Now But We Are Trying To Think Of A New Name

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#12 This White Cat In The Middle Was About 19 Years Old. He Was Adopted By An Older Woman

This White Cat In The Middle Was About 19 Years Old. He Was Adopted By An Older Woman

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cest_nayce 1 year ago

They all look like Grumpy Cat

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#13 I Just Adopted This 9 Year Old Girl From The Shelter. Her Name Is Pumpkin

I Just Adopted This 9 Year Old Girl From The Shelter. Her Name Is Pumpkin

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pulpandpixel 1 year ago

There is something very 'Goldie Hawn' about her! <3

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#14 I Recently Adopted My Parents 15 Year Old Cat

I Recently Adopted My Parents 15 Year Old Cat

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PetraJensen 1 year ago

so handsome - reminds me of Poirot :)

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#15 Just Adopted My First Cat. He Is 11 Years Old

Just Adopted My First Cat. He Is 11 Years Old

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SharaGuinesso 1 year ago

oh hes such a chubba... so freaking cute :D

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#16 We Adopted A 7 Year Old Cat. Meet Ethan

We Adopted A 7 Year Old Cat. Meet Ethan

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#17 Adopted This 7 Year Old Cat This Morning

Adopted This 7 Year Old Cat This Morning

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#18 We Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat From The Shelter Because He Stole Our Hearts With His Cuddles

We Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat From The Shelter Because He Stole Our Hearts With His Cuddles

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BébertL'ours 1 year ago

Poor fellow, he has some skin issue... :(

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#19 Meet Floyd. This 6 Year Old Looker Was At The Shelter For Months

Meet Floyd. This 6 Year Old Looker Was At The Shelter For Months

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DonnaVarga 1 year ago

Waiting for you!

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#20 I Adopted An 11-Year-Old Cat Yesterday

I Adopted An 11-Year-Old Cat Yesterday

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DebbiRead 1 year ago

my cat lived until she was 21.. I had her froma kitten the runt of the litter..so all you lovely people should have a long time with your cats xx

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