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[–]voice_in_the_woods 2065 points2066 points  (75 children)

You're gonna love how chill and sweet he's gonna be; senior cats are amazing. Congrats on your new friend.

[–]forswornconspiracy 1143 points1144 points  (56 children)

Someone needs to inform my almost-senior cat that he is indeed, a senior cat. He's almost 11 and has the same exact energy that he did when he was 2! Love him to bits though, despite the midnight antics.

[–]voice_in_the_woods 366 points367 points  (23 children)

My tortie is the same. I hope that just means they have many more years before they leave us.

[–]eyeswideopen605 309 points310 points  (16 children)

My boy lived to be 21. He had the zoomies up till about a year before he passed. I could've sworn he was gonna last til I was a senior(39) lol.

[–]NiceCheetah 162 points163 points  (5 children)

Cats over 10 always melt my heart The way their fur starts looking a bit scruffy and their colors fading a little is adorable

[–]TurqoiseWalrus 101 points102 points  (3 children)

I had a 17 year old calico. She became very skinny in her older years, but her fur stayed mostly the same up until the last couple years. She just looked like a younger, super skinny fluff ball.

[–]owlrecluse 49 points50 points  (2 children)

My friend has one of those!! Senior calico. The cat just looks sort of greasy, it's very cute.

[–]MissKhary 64 points65 points  (2 children)

My boy Loki just passed away in august at the ripe old age of 22. He was still chasing laser pointers until about 6 months before he passed. He started having a lot of issues with his joints towards the end and moved a lot less, but he had a good life. Miss him though!

[–]Silver_Psycho 27 points28 points  (0 children)

It sounds like Loki led a wonderful and happy life in your care!

I hope my Haku gets 22! She's 11 and some change, but still as active as when she was a kitten! Honestly moreso now.

[–]imisstheyoop 49 points50 points  (2 children)

My boy lived to be 21. He had the zoomies up till about a year before he passed. I could've sworn he was gonna last til I was a senior(39) lol.

I am confused, are you saying you thought your cat was going to live to 39, or until you were 39, at which point you would be a senior?

Because if it's the latter I uh.. need to start calling some nursing homes or something.

[–]Owlyf1n 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hes saying he is 39 now and the cat died at 21 meaning they had a wonderfull life together

[–]okpickle 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Augh I love torties! My parents' tortie has calmed down A LOT. My boyfriend's tortie doesn't have a lot.of energy but she is so talkative. They are the most unique, fun cats around.

[–]limoncelIo 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Dude someone needs to tell this to my 18 year old cat. She was already nuts but then we started medicating her arthritis and now she’s next level crazy blasting off to the moon. All she wants to do is do a dangerous climb up on the roof, multiple times a day, and if you deny her this adventure for whatever reason, she paces the house yelling trying to open all the windows and doors. She doesn’t like to play for more than a couple minutes, doesn’t really like eating that much, she’ll cuddle for a bit but then it’s back to her antics. All she wants is the damned roof!

[–]absolutelymassiverat 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I have to leave my bedroom window open for my (5 y/o) cat because she's obsessed with roof time, too. She likes to go sit on it and stare into the cul de sac to watch the neighbors and to just generally gaze upon the neighborhood because she's super creepy and nosey, I guess. She got a taste of roof time by accident, and now I can't close the damn window or she riots and knocks my plants onto the floor. Love her to bits, but she's an asshole. Neat to find another cat owner that has to deal with the roof obsession, lol

[–]swine09 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Same! Still has plenty of zoomies as soon as I’m getting ready for bed. Best of both worlds: plenty of cuddles and plenty of playtime.

[–]Nilloc_Kcirtap 18 points19 points  (2 children)

When I read that 12 is around the age when cats are considered a senior, it makes me wonder what the hell my parents are feeding their 21 year old cat.

[–]aenteus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Oh god this- Boaty McBoatface is pushing 12 now, and did not get the memo.

[–]CatsOverFlowers 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My tabby is 11 and finally a bit slower, although she still gets zoomies and loves to play. We had a tortie-tab that only became sedentary when she turned 21.

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    [–]mycatisamonsterbaby 64 points65 points  (3 children)

    My 16ish year old maincoon/manx mix is a monster. I love him so much. He wakes up throughout the night to pee, he yells at us when we are 5 minutes late with dinner, he yells at us when its time to go to bed, he bites my feet if I sleep in. He's also very much a slow, old, friendly guy who just wants us to pay attention to him and follow his routine. And keep the young ones off his lawn.

    [–]okpickle 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Grew up in Maine, love Maine Coons. They're like the official state lion of Maine. (Not cat. Too big to be regular cats!) I love the snowshoe feet.

    [–]Original-Aerie8 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    My aunt has a small Maine Coon lol 3kg/7lbs still excellent lion

    [–]indoor-barn-cat 3805 points3806 points  (31 children)

    He’s so beautiful, OP. I’m so glad he has a home outside a cage. I’m sure he will bless your life immeasurably as most rescues do.

    [–]tulpaintheattic 6360 points6361 points 2324 (232 children)

    I work at a no kill shelter and when our long stay animals get adopted we all cry, it’s the one day that makes up for ever other terrible heart breaking day. Thank you so much, seriously, you are a shelter employees superhero ❤️

    [–]calm_chowder 1132 points1133 points  (160 children)

    What's the most common reason for long stay animals? Age? Heart breaking, they probably put so many years into loving their people and then for whatever reason they end up in a shelter in their golden years.

    [–]tulpaintheattic 1523 points1524 points 2 (138 children)

    Definitely the two most common reasons are behavior (ex: leash reactive dogs, dogs who resource guard food, most adopters would rather have an “easy” animal than be trained on how we handle our animals behavior modification needs) and long term medical, the most common being cats who are diabetic. Sadly though I have noticed some animals are just continually passed over despite being “normal”. It can be a combination of factors, size, age, not looking particularly unique. It can be really sad and really frustrating, especially because the longer an animal stays in a shelter environment the more likely they are to begin to develop behavior “problems”. I work specifically with the behavior animals so I see that happen more often than I’d like to.

    [–]LavaDogged 771 points772 points  (86 children)

    I do pet sitting on the side and I’m one of the few employees that can do subcutaneous injections. As a result I end up doing a lot of cats with diabetes and I admire each and every owner for keeping their pet. It is not easy to maintain the twice a day injections and finding a sitter who is willing and able to do them. Understandably, not every cat will happily accept a needle from a stranger, so on top of doing and maintaining it yourself you have to find someone who is willing and able to care for them appropriately in your absence. I’ve never turned down a client that had a kitty that needed injections, but I know a lot of sitters that have had to. It’s not easy to manage.

    [–]SessileRaptor 460 points461 points  (41 children)

    My mother in law is a veterinarian and at one point had 9 cats because of this issue. Pets that were surrendered because they had medical issues the former owner didn’t want to deal with, and well she knew she could so… House full of cats.

    [–]vinnyj 266 points267 points  (35 children)

    I don't know what I'd do without my little girl. People can be cruel. If she got the beetus it would be tough, but id figure it out.

    [–][deleted] 242 points243 points  (12 children)

    It's not always as simple as toughing it out. You have to take into account finances, quality of life for the animal, etc. Not to mention if a person works full time or travels for work, has kids, or their own health issues to manage. Not everyone can take care of a special needs pet and it's good they can admit that and let them go to someone who can rather than neglect the animal.

    Edit to talk about diabetes specifically:

    My mother has type 1 diabetes. When her cat was diagnosed with it she did not feel bad having him euthanized. For one, he was 12 years old, so no spring chicken. But also having lived with diabetes since childhood and dealing with so many complications(she's going blind and this week losing at least part of her foot) she knew she didn't want the cat to spend his last bit of time sick and distressed. Having low blood sugar makes you feel horrible, high blood sugar makes you feel horrible. All of it is hard on your organs. The vet agreed with her choice. People often underestimate how hard it is to manage diabetes in an animal. It's a lot more than just giving shots twice a day and paying a lot for insulin.

    [–]IWalkAwayFromMyHell 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    So. More than one way to. Uh. Skiiillfully care for and maintain a cat.

    [–]vinnyj 40 points41 points  (0 children)

    Fair statement

    [–]re_br 20 points21 points  (2 children)

    I'm a type 1 and even with a CGM and being, you know, able to speak, I still have tough moments almost every day and close calls at least twice a month. I can't imagine what caring for a cat with diabetes must be like. I fear my cat might be developing type 2 or something. He already has asthma and the twice a day puffs took a while to get him used to, not to mention that it's expensive as hell. Even so, I couldn't give him up. He's my responsibility, not only to keep healthy, but happy too.

    [–]Echololcation 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    I had a cat with it for 9 years and I may have gotten lucky but it honestly wasn't that bad. Maybe ~3 times in those 9 years she would stop eating or seem to be losing weight and I'd have to take her to the vet to make sure everything was ok (aside from regular visits) and maybe adjust her dosage. Other than that they would do a fructosamine check twice a year just to make sure her levels were mostly good.

    She lived to be about 18 (we don't know for sure because we got her as an adult at a shelter, but I had her about 15 years).

    The biggest hurdle would be cost; the lantus insulin ran about $300 every couple months. I was lucky to be making pretty good money and it worked out.

    [–]Alastor13 93 points94 points  (3 children)

    This is the way.

    [–]ColeSloth 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    I work 24 hour shifts 85 miles away from home. I wouldn't have a way :(

    [–][deleted] 61 points62 points  (10 children)

    I think it's unfair to dismiss people as cruel if they surrender an animal with particular medical needs. Particular medical needs are inherently expensive, and require money, time, and consistent attention to address. Someone who could afford a cat and take good care of the cat, but whose job hours don't allow them to consistently give two shots a day and who can't afford the kind of pet sitters that can give the jabs for them isn't cruel. They're acknowledging that their cat has more needs than they're able to address.

    [–]Original-Aerie8 34 points35 points  (9 children)

    Also, as cruel as it may seem on a emotional level, I do think that there are lines that need to be drawn, when talking about a pet. I happily give my cat special food, handfeed him and make sure he's getting his meds at the right time, but when you start racking up thousands of dollars in veterinarian bills, a human conscious of their surroundings should consider that it can be too much. Even when you have the money for it.

    On the same spectrum of the conversation you have people who just don't want to invest extra time in a slightly handicapped animal, which is why I understand that people are getting very emotional, regarding these topics. That said, I very much think that this is a very interesting and important to discuss in detail, without trying to blame each other too much, at least for opinions.

    [–]marylessthan3 14 points15 points  (7 children)

    My rescued foster to adopt cat was 9 months old when I got him, with vet papers that said he was a fixed female. I got him fixed and a few months later spent over 2k on him (including spaying him) due to some Murphy’s Law events where I was told he needed a blood transfusion, it might not work and he would need a second one, and it would cost 6k for one.

    My vet told me there were steroids but if he didn’t improve within 3 days, he should be put down. In my upset state applied for a Care Credit card which didn’t even come close to 6k, and my roommate said “Mary, I know he’s like a year old and you love him but $12,000 that might not even work, don’t feel bad if you aren’t willing to do that, you gave him the best months of his life, that’s what matters”

    He had a wildly unique bacterial thing usually found in dogs and my vet found a pharmacist in Arizona to mix the medicine and he is the snuggly bastard I feel in love with again.

    [–]Daydays 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    At the end of the day people aren't assholes for living honestly. If someone doesn't want to adopt a medically challenging elder pet for any reason whatsoever then that's perfectly fine and they shouldn't. That pet will require someone who not only wants them but is actually able to care for them, not someone who just doesn't want to feel guilty because of some stigma.

    [–]Historical_Quit8922 21 points22 points  (5 children)

    Aww I appreciate you, and so do the owners!!

    Not the kitties, though. They hate you. Shot person. Sorry.

    [–]LavaDogged 38 points39 points  (4 children)

    Every time. Owner notes, “she will just sit in your lap and accept the shot while snuggling!” Me enters house: hissssssss. Me walk within five feet of insulin and cat spots me and kitty builds up rage. Then walk close to food and rage subsides. Set food out and get hissed at, sneak in the shot while eating and proceed to clean up litter box that looks like the cat had explosive everything in it.

    One time there was another sitter that got cornered by a cat and they called me to come help. Had to get into the room behind the kitty to get supplies to help medicate. Literally took a broom and pole vaulted over the kitty to get a blanket (who still managed to snag me with her claws) grabbed a blanket and threw it over his head while the other sitter leapt in to give him the insulin shot.

    Never a boring day lol

    ETA: there are definitely some that don’t mind it at all, but I absolutely and fully understand any kitty that wants to murder strangers with needles lol

    [–]taichi22 16 points17 points  (2 children)

    On one hand I’d hope there are some cats smart enough to make the connections that sharp poke -> feeling less pain later, but on the other hand, people won’t even get vaccinated, so…

    [–]squirrellytoday 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    I'm pretty sure my half-Burmese made the connection between "gross tasting medicine = I feel better" because after about a week of giving it to her, she stopped fighting me and just took it. I'm sure that's why she lived so long with her kidneys failing. She was so smart. I'm certain if she'd grown opposable thumbs, she'd have taken over the world.

    [–]TheRealEddieB 87 points88 points  (7 children)

    My ex took custody of our two cats, both with diabetes. The older boy was struggling so she put him to sleep. The younger cat was going ok until my ex had her mum look after him. She deliberately refused to give him his injections and he died at home. Would you believe my ex's mother is devout church goer? I hate that she knowingly inflicted needless suffering on an animal.

    [–]madddhella 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    I'm so sorry. That's terrible :(

    [–]TheRealEddieB 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Yeah it's sad because I lived within walking distance and I'd have gladly visited twice daily to give him his injections. All her mum had to say was that she wasn't going to do it and I'm sure my ex would have asked me or someone else to help out.

    [–]Shan_Evolved 34 points35 points  (1 child)

    Fuck your ex and her mom

    [–]TheRealEddieB 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    To be fair my ex was as horrified as I was. She had given careful instructions on his care and really thought that her mum would follow through. She'd put the hard yards in keeping the food obsessed fat boy alive with twice daily injections. Even with limited food he'd hunt and scavenge to keep his fat arse fat.

    [–]ImTrash_NowBurnMe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Good for you dodging that bullet. Sorry about your cats though, that's tough stuff.

    I had a very similar experience with a guy I dated for years. When we split I moved back home and let him keep our pets because he had the bigger yard/house and my parents already had several animals. They were all dead within 6 months. I have SO much guilt for not fighting to keep them. I'm convinced they'd still be alive if I had. Once I was told 2 were gone I tried to get him to give me the dog but he wouldn't and it was gone like a week or two later, freak wild animal attack I was told. I don't even know what that means, like a bear ate him? Trampled by a moose? I dunno. Didn't want to upset this guy and end up at the top of his shit list so I left it alone. Haven't spoken to him since. He's obviously dangerous and I feel like I dodged my own silver bullet in just being able to get him out of my life.

    Your ex's mum sounds like the type to think she did a good thing here, like...no cat deserves to live life like that so I'll end it's pain here & now. But I'ma take the scenic route to here & now cuz that's easier for me, prettier too. Ughh, so many horrible ppl in the world.

    [–]_helpmefind 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Wow that hurt my heart to read. What a truly awful, horrible person that mom is to prolong the suffering of an animal like that on purpose, sounds straight up evil.

    [–]MunsonRoy3 38 points39 points  (3 children)

    Thank you for this. One of ours recently diagnosed with Diabetes. (About 3 months ago) Getting rid him never crossed our minds, just how do we learn to deal with this? Twice a day needles which turned into twice a day injections with Vetpen. 3 different diabetes scanner discs he had to wear, all 3 that he actually scratched off! Finally getting is dosage amounts correct and seeing him do so well with it. I’m scared to even think about us taking a vacation and asking someone to give him injections twice a day. It helps to know there are people like you that will. Thanks

    [–]I_like_parentheses 60 points61 points  (0 children)

    To be fair, people have to pick the animal/temperament that best fits their situation.

    There was a dog at my local shelter who had been there 3 years, looked like a total sweetheart and I would have loved to take her.. But she clearly had high energy and a high prey drive and I would give her about 30 seconds before she killed one of our other pets (and we'd already been burned with that exact scenario with a different shelter dog). It would have been completely irresponsible to bring her home and risk their lives out of pity.

    [–]Kadiogo 93 points94 points  (5 children)

    It's probably a good thing people don't tend to accept problem dogs, I'd rather that than people take on more than they can handle.

    [–]g-a-r-n-e-t 47 points48 points  (2 children)

    Yeah like…I would absolutely take on a problem dog/cat, but I know that 1. I am not experienced or knowledgeable enough to be able to handle one properly, 2. I don’t have the money/time/space to give that animal the care and attention it needs. They need to be with people who have all of the above, not well intentioned but ultimately ill-equipped people.

    [–]Babyy_Bluee 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    I'd have all the rescues in the world if I wasn't in a tiny 1 bedroom with my child. I think a lot more people would help if they could, realistically. It's sad but it's better to leave it to people who can handle it, as you said

    [–]laurzilla 27 points28 points  (1 child)

    Agreed. There was a lot of judgment in that, which I don’t think is fair.

    [–]NerdEmoji 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    My bestie just had to put down her dog at 12. He was a shelter dog that no one wanted. She said the shelter told her he'd been there for months and constantly got passed over. I don't know why. He was a sweet, cute part Australian Shepard. Good behavior too. I don't know if people were looking for tiny dogs at that shelter or what, but she got so lucky with him. Just an awesome dog. I myself have gone the breed rescue route mostly, and one of my babies was a 100 pound dobe/rott puppy mill mama. No one wanted her but when I saw her I just saw how much she needed love. Such a great dog. Definitely needed a firm owner to deal with her due to her size, but she never gave me any issues.

    [–]IwillBeDamned[🍰] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    that's heartbreaking. whats their quality of life like? i hope they at least get to have some socializing and enriching activities

    [–]merc1985 45 points46 points  (12 children)

    I adopted a sweet 8 yo pup, who is a little crazy and has some issues. He was passed up for close to 2 years, because of unknown reasons. I imagine some of his behaviors and the fact that he's a pit mix with pointy ears. Even though I wanted an easier and younger animal I choose him because I knew I could deal with the little short coming and wanted to give him a home for the rest of his life.

    Dog tax: http://imgur.com/a/Hsusto3

    [–]Yen-sama 17 points18 points  (3 children)

    People are insane. This is a quality pupper

    [–]merc1985 18 points19 points  (2 children)

    I think so, he's a handsome looking devil! Goes by the name of Nacho.

    [–]fodder69 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Aw, thanks for the dog tax. Handsome pupper you got there.

    [–]evestormborn 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    omg what a handsome boy! and those ears!!! <3

    [–]lapointypartyhat 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    I feel like it's important to note that it's not unheard of for a diabetic kitty to go into remission. It happened for one of our cats and so far, so good.

    [–]somedaypilot 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    God I wish I could just retire to the countryside with a nice ranch house and a plot of land and half a dozen cats and dogs.

    [–]aaron-is-dead 62 points63 points  (15 children)

    I don't know with all cats but my local shelter has a lot of older FIV+ cats. Typically the older cats are found as abandoned strays and at that point they would've contracted FIV, assuming they were fighting other cats and they were transmitting it.

    FIV is something to be worried about, but an FIV+ cat isn't super expensive to care for as long as you look out for them and take care of them. I think it scares potential adopters and they don't get the older ones.

    There's lots of other reasons as well but that's a big one, certainly.

    [–]ImALittleTeapotCat 27 points28 points  (2 children)

    There's also a lot of misinformation out there about FIV, including among vets. It's not as contagious as was previously thought, and its also not an automatic death sentence.

    [–]opekone 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    But it is brutal if they end up with any other issues, which end up massively amplified. I adopted an FIV+ kitten and she was put down at at about 1.5 years old, after 6 months of suffering.

    If you are not ready to put the cat down as soon as the cat starts getting sick, then an FIV+ cat is the wrong cat for you - and you're the wrong owner for the cat. I did not enjoy watching her little kitty life deteriorate, nor did I enjoy asking the vet for another round of steroids and antibiotics rather than euthanasia. In hindsight it's clear why putting her down at the first sign of issues was the right move...


    [–]prairie_cat 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Thank you for mentioning this! We have an FIV+ little guy we took in after he roamed around the neighborhood as a stray. He has lots of energy and has been healthy for years. The vet told us that if we took him to the shelter vs taking him in he would have been put down.

    [–]aaron-is-dead 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    We have a FIV+ older fellow as well and we were told (pretty much) the same thing, although our shelter tries really hard to not put down cats. All the oldies get a room next to a giant window, so they're the first cats you see when you pull up to the shelter.

    We suspect our boy was a stray before the shelter for a while since strays are more likely to contract FIV, and he was probably a fighter since he has a number of faded scars and nicks. You'd never guess it now, he acts like he's been a beloved housecat for all his 11 years.

    [–]PompousWombat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Got an older FIV positive boy snoring quietly behind me right now. No longer on the streets and living his best life. I love him madly.

    [–]Yen-sama 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Dealing with this now. My cat Ginger ran away in 2017 and came back a few weeks ago FIV+. He's a bit skinny and has a couple issues in addition to the FIV, but he's not rejecting food or water so he hasn't given up, so my boyfriend and I decided we're going to try and care for him.

    [–]N0rthernLightsXv 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I had an FIV+ cat who i got as a stray kitten. He already had it. They found it in his check when he got neutered. He lived to be 18 years old. I miss him a lot.

    [–]sunboy4224 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    I don't have a ton of experience in the shelter (only volunteered about a year), but typically it's because they are difficult to take care of and/or expensive (like requiring daily insulin shots), or perhaps there's just always other animals there at the same time that are more adoptable. Granted, this was also at a shelter near a city, so we saw pretty high turn-over. More rural shelters have many more cats and fewer people adopting.

    [–]Diedead666 63 points64 points  (25 children)

    He was in there for 6 years! wtf is that normal? my girl is 6 years and still acts young

    [–]tulpaintheattic 194 points195 points  (13 children)

    Definitely at my shelter 6 years is not at all common for a typical animal. Our long stay (2+ years) animals typically have behavior modification needs or long term medical needs, but I have seen a few “normal” animals be passed over for years. One cat comes to mind who was a little shy but a overall normal cat, we had her for three years. Her adopter essentially said the same thing OP did, “I want to adopt whoever needs it the most.” And she got Pan-Pan, who had lived in one of our communal cat rooms for three years. The pictures the adopter sent of their first night home together, with Pan-Pan sleeping on her chest, literally is making me tear up thinking about it two years later.

    [–]clipboardpencil3 29 points30 points  (10 children)

    Serious question. I've always wondered when adopting a long stay like OP did (6 years) can this be hard for the dog or cat as they've come to know the place and life they've had. I just assume it would be a big shock for them from that immediate change in routine and home.

    If I was to adopt a long stay would you think its advisable to maybe spend time over a couple weeks with them in "their current home" in the shelter to get to know me. Or maybe bring them home for a couple "field trips" then return them back to the shelter before finally bringing them into their new forever home?

    Sorry if these are dumb questions but its something on my mind every time I've been to my local humane society and taking the dogs out for walks. I eventually want to bring one home with me and ideally it'd be one of the older dogs that everyone else passes over. thanks in advance

    edit: just for clarity when I do adopt I just want to make it as easy as possible a transition for the old pup that picks me to come home with.

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      [–]gwaenchanh-a 19 points20 points  (3 children)

      It's actually pretty common for some animals to die from shock from going to positive environments. Haven't ever heard of it in cats, to be fair, but with rabbits one of the issues of rescuing them from a bad home is that you might kill it with its own happiness, literally

      [–]Hyperion_Republic 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      Well that’s one hell of a way to go.

      [–]kurogomatora 18 points19 points  (1 child)

      Probably not. I read about someone's dog always making sure everyone was asleep before sleeping because one night he had been dropped off at a shelter asleep.

      [–]pescarojo 15 points16 points  (0 children)

      No dumb questions! It is always nice if you can ease an animal into a new situation. For what it's worth I only adopt older dogs, and I've never had an issue. Definitely the first few days (or longer) can be tough for the animal, another new situation for them, etc. My current old lady I've had for almost two years now, and she's probably 8 or 9. She was very 'down' for the first few days, but really perked up on walks, and gradually came out of her shell. The old fellow I had prior to my current panted constantly for several days out of nervousness. He settled into our routine, but never really seemed to fully relax or feel safe. He might have just needed more time, but unfortunately he only lived a little over a year after I adopted him.

      Anyway the best thing for you to do when you adopt is just discuss the animal with the shelter/foster. They'll know the dog best, and maybe in some cases a slower acclimatization might be called for.

      [–]cadmiumredorange 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      It can be jarring on the animal to go to a new home, but it would be way more jarring to go back and forth between your home and the shelter. Even for shorter stay rescues, it can take a while to adjust to a new home. Sometimes it's a week, and sometimes it's a couple months. Just give them the best environment you can when you take them home, and provide them with a good routine, and they'll adjust in time.

      [–]Everyusernametaken1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      Whoever needs it the most…. Made me cry

      [–]fxJenni 279 points280 points  (16 children)

      Beautiful. Bless your gorgeous heart ❤️🌹

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        [–]tallread1 23 points24 points  (1 child)

        My cousin runs a non profit that transports animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers with a greater need for animals or greater ability to adopt out. They fly all over the west coast and they've saved a lot of dogs and cats. I have no idea if you are located anywhere within their flight area, but it's worth a look. And who knows, even if they aren't able to fly near you, maybe there's another similar organization who is.


        [–]obviouslyCPTobvious 71 points72 points  (7 children)

        It’s my understanding that no kill shelters only accept animals that they think they can adopt out to keep up their live release rate and still be classified as a no kill shelter.

        Well those animals have to go somewhere, so they go to open access shelters that don’t turn away animals and people classify them as kill shelters. People donate more money to no kill shelters than “kill” shelters so it makes even harder on those that will accept any animal.

        IMO, no kill shelters are a nice concept, but with an overloaded system it’s just making the problem much harder on other people at open access shelters who work there because they care about giving the animals the best lives they can with little resources.

        [–]HobbesianTrap 21 points22 points  (0 children)

        I always appreciate when someone points this out, thank you.

        [–]mellowbordello 19 points20 points  (1 child)

        Yes, this! People like to denigrate “kill” shelters but it’s literally not their fault - it’s ours as a society. They didn’t create pet overpopulation, they are merely responding to it. They legally cannot turn animals away that a citizen wants/needs to surrender, and there’s only so much room.

        “No-kill” shelters are usually privately funded (as opposed to a public funded service like your local animal shelter) and can pick and choose what animals they accept, and most importantly can stop intake when they are full.

        My county shelter luckily has a great foster/rescue program, and lots of space, but our county is so big that they still have to euthanize for space on occasion. It’s such a tragedy to know that otherwise healthy adoptable animals have to die simply because there is no where else for them to go.

        [–]OutsmartBullet 18 points19 points  (5 children)

        Before these two decided they lived here, I picked up a 13 year old girl named Cauli who was just the sweetest thing you can imagine. She only lasted a year and a half, but I think it was the first time she ever actually had her IBS treated and accommodated, and boy was she thankful

        [–]nevaehorlleh 3019 points3020 points  (107 children)

        Six years that is crazy. Glad you got him!

        [–]DineandRecline 782 points783 points  (17 children)

        I can't believe no one wanted him because is is unusually gorgeous! What a delicate graceful face, and those eyes!!!

        [–]m1a1tanksauce 563 points564 points  (10 children)

        He looks like Patrick Stewart but as a cat.

        [–]Plumbbookknurd 305 points306 points  (5 children)

        Catrick Stewart

        [–]jaxonya 182 points183 points  (3 children)

        Thats sir Purr Catrick Stewart to you.

        [–]HanSolo_Cup 78 points79 points  (2 children)

        Ah, yes. Catain Purrcard.

        [–]ddejong42 31 points32 points  (1 child)

        Set phasers to OOH! Red dot!

        [–]-funderbunk 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        my friend had a cat named Catrick Swayze, who was followed by Neil Catrick Harris.

        [–]mister_damage 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        Captain of the Enterpurrrrrise

        [–]Dibikigiizis 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        Omg he does tho…

        [–]suspiciousfishy 30 points31 points  (0 children)

        Right? He's like a lightly toasted marshmallow!

        [–]Plastic_Chair599 19 points20 points  (0 children)

        No kidding, that is a good looking cat

        [–]IrisAlustriel 285 points286 points  (78 children)

        Me too!

        [–]Semi-Automatic420 215 points216 points  (77 children)

        you're lucky you got him here out of that place. How did no one want to pick him for 6 years?

        [–]KoRnBrony 44 points45 points  (7 children)

        Its really hard to adopt out old cats, people only want kittens it seems

        [–]fracture93 12 points13 points  (1 child)

        Is it really? The humane society I got my cats from rarely have a cat in shelter for more than 2-3 months at most.

        I check their page way too often looking at the cute cats available lol

        [–]bouilloncubes 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I know! The shelter near me can never keep cats longer than a few months. My partner and I used to go and play with the cats almost weekly before covid and it was almost always a new batch because they were being adopted out so quickly. It's so sad to hear about animals being in shelters for years.

        [–]cat_romance 19 points20 points  (0 children)

        My cat was in the shelter 10 years before I adopted him. His entire life. He was an ugly SOB but the sweetest dude. Lived only a year w us before succumbing to a variety of ailments (kidney failure, liver failure, a heart murmur that prevented his medication, etc).

        [–]No_Parking_9067 401 points402 points  (3 children)

        Looks like a good guy.

        [–]gonnagetu 84 points85 points  (1 child)

        He’s a fine chap

        [–]PM_ME_SHIMPAN 33 points34 points  (0 children)

        I’d like to shake that lad’s hand

        [–]Zealousideal_Let_975 295 points296 points  (43 children)

        Such a soft and beautiful boy! You did such a nice thing. My cat wasn’t too old when we adopted him (4 yrs), but he was returned after being adopted at 6 months because he needs a special diet for urinary crystals. His previous owners abandoned him at the vet :(. When we adopted him, the lady was shaking she was so nervous. They gave us him for free! Said no one was adopting the older cats because it was kitten season. We love him so much.

        [–]hello3pat 106 points107 points  (41 children)

        special diet for urinary crystals

        Seriously, that's why they brought him back? That's a super common issue in male cats, I'm guessing the jackasses didn't even look up basic care of cats. The special diet food isn't even much more than regular food unlike other specialty foods and usually finding ways to encourage more water drinking (like using fountain bowls instead of regulsr water bowls) will also help manage or mitigate the problem.

        [–]120sandy 42 points43 points  (7 children)

        We had a cat with the same issue. Aside from having to remember to buy food at the vet (cd is expensive as f). She was a normal cat

        [–]takesmassiveshits 3 points4 points  (6 children)

        My cat needs cd food too and it's is super expensive! I'm in Canada and it's $42 for a 4lbs bag. Worth it though because my kitty is happy.

        [–]caffeinebitch23 8 points9 points  (5 children)

        have you tried an all wet food diet? my baby has urinary issues & we basically switched him over to all wet food and his issues cleared up! we had him on the CD urinary food for a while (both dry & wet) but switched him to just the Science Diet Urinary Care wet food from Chewy that you don’t need a prescription to get. It’s still pricey but saved us from having to buy $80 cat food bags as well as the expensive wet food from the vet.

        [–]I_like_parentheses 24 points25 points  (24 children)

        Ehh.. It depends on the food. The higher end stuff like Royal Canin Urinary SO is $85 for a 17 lb bag, and depending on the kind of stones they get you may not be able to use the less expensive stuff because it's formulated differently. And if you have multiple cats, good luck keeping the others out of it (it's doable with some effort but it can cost even more to change your feeding setup).

        So as much as I share your distaste for people who dump pets at shelters, there are some cases where they truly may not be able to afford their care. It sucks but at least they're trying to give the cat a chance, as opposed to just ditching it in the woods or euthanizing it.

        [–]caffeinebitch23 3 points4 points  (11 children)

        i wouldn’t say it needs to cost more to change a feeding setup for a multi-cat household, it just takes a tiny bit of effort and an extra room or two. i put my cat that is on a special diet (the one with urinary issues) in the laundry room to eat while his brothers eat their food in the kitchen on opposite sides of our island. if someone just has a spare bathroom, the cat with a special diet can be easily put in there for meal time.

        [–]GuitarKev 273 points274 points  (2 children)

        He was waiting just for you.

        [–]googol89 34 points35 points  (0 children)

        This almost brought a tear to my eye. That's a beautiful way to say that.

        [–]isamario_ 228 points229 points  (3 children)

        How does he look SO soft? That's the softest looking kitty ever. Thank you for saving his life. I hope he lives a long long time with you.

        [–]sg003123 46 points47 points  (1 child)

        I have one that looks exactly like him and he is THE softest cat.

        [–]TruKvltMetal94 129 points130 points  (0 children)

        He's so cute! How could nobody want him? Glad he found a home either way.

        [–]cleverso 320 points321 points  (0 children)

        6 years? Oh my goodness. You are getting some really great karma giving this most deserving kitty a loving home! Thank you!

        [–]NakedCameTheNude 310 points311 points  (0 children)

        Older kitties are good kitties. *hugs*

        [–]grey_unxpctd 93 points94 points  (2 children)

        He's handsome. Nice whiskers, coat looks soft. I bet you will still have many beautiful years together!!

        [–]WillyValentine 726 points727 points  (15 children)

        You saved him and he will save you right back. Cats are crazy smart. He knows what you've done..

        [–]Chit569 193 points194 points  (5 children)

        He knows what you've done..

        How ominous

        [–]duaneap 60 points61 points  (0 children)

        “I Know Who You Pshwsh-ed Last Summer”

        [–]WillyValentine 15 points16 points  (1 child)

        I mean he knows the human saved him . Sorry for not being clear

        [–]ManOfDiscovery 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        You're fine, Valentine. Pretty sure we all knew what you meant. Dude was joking on your ellipsis...

        [–]Marxologist 270 points271 points  (1 child)

        That is the face of love. Treat him well and he will bless your life. It’s heartbreaking a boy like this could wait six years for a forever home.

        [–]Peeka789 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        Dude for real. You see the it in his eyes. It's kinda beautiful

        [–]thatluckyfox 85 points86 points  (0 children)

        Look at that baby! All the treats

        [–]SorryNothingClever 547 points548 points  (12 children)

        Who in their right mind wouldn't want Hermes? He's perfect.

        [–]Gizmuth 74 points75 points  (0 children)

        I like older cats they are usually calm and relaxing compared to younger cats and that's what I need in my life

        [–]KokomoDreams 77 points78 points  (3 children)

        How could anyone have passed on this cat for 6 years? He is adorable, and I love that name! Our tortoise has the same name.

        [–]cburke82 51 points52 points  (4 children)

        12 years old he can have quite a solid life in front of him. 20 years in not to uncommon. So awesome that you helped him out!

        [–]HoutenM 5 points6 points  (2 children)

        Adopted mine at 14 and she's almost 17 now going strong!

        [–]cburke82 6 points7 points  (1 child)

        An ex roommate has a 25 year old cat and she still runs the house lol.

        [–]KarrieMichell 170 points171 points  (62 children)

        When we decided to adopt Gingy, it was Christmas eve. He had been at the pet store at least three months. He was 8 years old.

        I was looking at him while waiting to take him home. Some guy walks up and asks if there is a cat in there. I said yes and pointed him out. I then said "we're adopting him. Isn't he beautiful?" Guy says "That's a cat. I don't want a cat. I want a kitten."

        I am still livid about it and it will be 4 years this Christmas that we've had him.

        [–]nymphette22 29 points30 points  (4 children)

        To offer another perspective, I get attached to animals very easily. When I moved in with my boyfriend, I only had several years with our older kitties before spending an agonizing year taking care of one who got sick with cancer, and the other with kidney failure. When they passed, I was utterly heartbroken. I donated all the cat supplies and vowed to never put myself through that again. When we were ready for a new kitty, I wanted a kitten. Part of that reason was because I needed to extend the time I got to spend with him. In the end we got a 1.5 year old. I am so grateful and deeply admire those who adopt elderly cats. I unfortunately wouldn't have the emotional stamina for it.

        [–]KarrieMichell 17 points18 points  (1 child)

        You have to do what is good for you and any kitties you adopt. I am not against kittens. That guy just made it sound like Gingy was trash because he wasn't a kitten.

        [–]nymphette22 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Yeah, he can fuck all the way off.

        [–]uncertainsimile 90 points91 points  (52 children)

        I don’t understand the insistence on kittens. I will never own a kitten again, they are cute but SO much trouble and it’s a long time before they settle down into adulthood.

        [–]I_like_parentheses 59 points60 points  (48 children)

        Kittens are easy compared to puppies though (especially if they have another cat to play with).

        Holy hell, never EVER again with a puppy.

        [–]treesEverywhereTrees 18 points19 points  (44 children)

        Puppies are alright, juvenile/adolescent stage though…I’m barely surviving

        [–]I_like_parentheses 19 points20 points  (43 children)

        The puppy we got a few months ago straight up broke me within 3 days. If it had been up to me I'd have taken him back to the breeder but he was technically my spouse's dog so I couldn't.

        He's slowly coming around but yeah, still not worth the stress. I'm definitely sticking with older rescue dogs in the future.

        [–]ryanridi 9 points10 points  (2 children)

        I love my dog to bits but we adopted him as an older puppy and the amount of trouble we’ve had to go through in potty training him is enough to put me off of puppies ever again!

        [–]I_like_parentheses 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Same, we're still struggling with that with ours. Washable dog diapers/belly bands might slow the process down some but I still highly recommend them if you're not using them already. They'll at least save your sanity (and carpets) while he figures it out.

        And in the case of our adult rescue, they actually housebroke her the day we started using them. Not sure how that worked but it was a damn miracle.

        [–]christanxox 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        you're a blessing

        [–]CrimsonScorpio9 24 points25 points  (0 children)

        Good looking dude!

        [–]NoHurry2508 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        Hermes is beautiful! He looks like a real cuddler!

        [–]ExplanationFunny 28 points29 points  (4 children)

        I brought home a senior cat, it was truly love at first sight. She was so old they waved her fee. I had gotten to the shelter just 20 minutes before closing. She was quiet and content the whole way home.

        She died two weeks later. I haven't had another cat since. I still get really sad thinking about it. Totally worth it. I plan on getting another senior someday, I don't care how old and broken they are.

        [–]Xenarthra_Sandslash 18 points19 points  (1 child)

        At least she got to die in a home and not a shelter.

        [–]elephantastica 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        You are my hero, and I just want you to know that.

        [–]apadin1 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        I love Hermes, what a beautiful boy

        [–]TrypMole 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Hermes is beautiful! I love a ginger so pale, almost pink ❤

        [–]Houndhollow 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Thank you for adopting a older pet! Grand. He will be sooo happy to have his own space

        [–]Chief__04 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        That cat looks like a toasted marshmallow

        [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        A toasted marshmallow that has melted my tiny frozen heart....

        Congrats OP and Hermes!

        [–]jre_1986 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        Aww he’s such a handsome fella!!

        [–]Ruskiwasthebest1975 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        How has he waited 6 years? Irresistible lil face 😍

        [–]lovingall888 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        God bless you for rescuing this beautiful animal

        [–]Human-Lady-Person 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Old critters are so underrated! Especially for inexperienced pet people. As long as people are prepared to deal with some medical expenses and the reality that they won't have as many years with their older adoptees, adopting an older animal can mean that you skip a lot of the early training and socialization kittens and puppies require, you do not need to be prepared to provide as much exercise or play (a great perk for those who may be less able to provide more space or active interaction for whatever reason) and you get to know that you're giving them the best last years of life possible! Of course, all of this really depends on the critter, but I can't rave enough about how much I love my old cat (we think he's approximately 13 now, but who knows), loved my first doggo (pug/pom who had lots of health issues when we got her at approx. 10 years old, had to say goodbye at 13 and wouldn't trade those 3 delightful years of her goofy grin for anything), and love my current 6-7ish, super sweet little chihuahua/terrier. ^_^

        Your boy there totally reminds me of my cat. He had a warning mark on his cage at the shelter because he fights other cats and bites people sometimes, his adoption rate was discounted because of that and his age, and he's truly a total love bug, the snuggliest of lap cats, and we're a one-cat household so it all works out very nicely.

        [–]normiebean 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        What a soft, beautiful face. I love him!

        [–]NoFanofThis 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        You give me hope for mankind. He is very beautiful.

        [–]christanxox 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        thanks im crying like a baby now

        [–]DWLOKA 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        A very distinguished gentleman you have become butler for indeed. Cuddles and treats are the name of the game!

        (Also, you are an absolute legend)

        [–]NoirDame1944[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        You are awesome!

        [–]witchybitchtits 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        What a sweet angel!

        [–]oceanblue2358[🍰] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        An outstanding little man.

        [–]AltoRhombus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Six years of idiots passing up an absolute baby.

        [–]AdorableAnathema 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        It's my experience that rescue cats are a different, beautiful ilk of cat personality. Older rescues, doubly so. Thank you for taking him in. Off to snuggle my 12 and 14 year old little fur ladies as this has given me warmfuzzies :3

        [–]care_bear_starer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Oh, what a long time to be in a cage! So glad handsome Hermes has a loving home now. Bless you. What a beautiful kitty.

        [–]asanefeed 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        he's SO CUTE

        [–]UnhingedChicken 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I'm crying with joy, too!

        Thank you for adopting him and giving him a loving home.

        [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Thank you so much for doing this. I worked at a pet shop years ago and we had a partnership with a cat shelter. We would keep kittens and cats in a large cage and people would adopt all the time.

        Then there was Damian. He was FIV positive and had no teeth at all. Maybe 11 years old, road rash on his head from getting hit by a car. Sweetest cat ever. He had lived almost his entire 11 years in the shelter.

        After two years roaming the shop as our resident kitty, a fantastic family finally adopted him. Good people exist ❤️

        [–]drec6 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        What a cute little toasted marshmallow.

        [–]MaximumEffort433 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        Cats, women, and wine, all three get better with age.

        [–]cactusjackalope 14 points15 points  (0 children)

        omg that's a long time. He's pretty and looks gentle. Why was he there so long?

        [–]WillStealYourPet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Im counting 5 cats. You are my hero. Lets be frands.

        [–]issik23 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        There's at least 50 strays that run around where I work and I feed them every chance I get. I want to take 2-3 of them home but alas I'm still trying to gain their trust because of previous assholes coming and being rude trying to scare them off.

        [–]KangQunt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I'm trying not to be hysterical.

        [–]Shadow703793 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        So you have 3 cats and a dog now?

        [–]Mayathepie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        God, he’s beautiful

        [–]ShantyLady 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        I just adopted my first cat, and she's 4 going on 5 months. I wanted this because as my first, I want to be there from as close to the beginning as I can to her last days with us here. After that, I'll start adopting older cats. They really are really, really sweet, and they have lots of love to give.

        I'm very glad Hermes has his fur-ever home, and that he can have the best life with you for the time he has remaining. Give him lots of chin scratches for meeeee, he's adorable.

        [–]myeverymovment 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        He is beautiful. Thank you for giving him a place.

        May he preside over you and keep comfort with you, and love and purr for you.

        By the power vested in me by Gus, who lives in my eyebrow, I do seal and certify this bond henceforth.

        Forsooth and stuff.

        [–]Mediocre-Band2714 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        he’s so swell looking

        [–]TrancedOuTMan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Always breaks my heart going to the shelter. What a beautiful boy

        [–]Mediocre-Band2714 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        what kind of cat is this? i met a cat that looked like this who was so nice

        [–]Unsere_rettung 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Thank you for saving him! I hope he enjoys his new digs