Xerox Found His Forever Home

 

 

In 2009, Xerox came back to LCHS under sad circumstances. His elderly owner was moving into assisted living and couldn’t take Xerox with her. Xerox had originally been adopted from LCHS in 2001, but he had now lost his home of eight years and, as a black, older cat, his chances of being adopted were much lower than those of the younger, more colorful cats in the Foster Program.
Xerox quickly became a staff favorite due to his sweet, unassuming nature and ready affection. Dubbed the “Twilight Kitty” because of his extra long, extra white fangs and the neat white diamond on his chest, Xerox never had a problem with any other cat, never hissed, was never anything but a model citizen of our office cat room. He spent three long years watching from the sidelines as hundreds of younger cats found loving homes while he patiently waited for his turn and his person.

 

Xerox and MeganXerox and Megan

Last Friday, Xerox’s turn finally came! A young woman named Megan (who likes black cats) met Xerox at our office and fell completely in love with him in less than twenty minutes. His age gave her no pause, and she took Xerox home that same day, where he immediately and happily settled right in. After years of aching for this sweet, gentle cat, the staff and volunteers at LCHS were beyond thrilled to see Xerox off to his new forever home!

 

Xerox requested that we take a moment to put the spotlight on senior pets, who are the most overlooked of all of our foster pets when it comes to adoption. A senior pet may require a little more care or a special diet or even medication, but those are pretty minor drawbacks when you consider the benefits of adopting a distinguished pet:

  • No surprises! A mature pet’s personality is fully established and you can rest easy that they won’t grow any larger than they already are.
  • No accidents! Senior pets are already housetrained and often have the best manners around. They have lived in a home, and know the common rules, like “furniture is not for scratching” and “shoes are not for chewing”.
  • No distractions! Older pets are calmer and have longer attention spans than young animals. Bonus: They are often so grateful to have a person that they focus on that person much more than an easily distracted youngster would.
  • No trouble! Senior pets are often perfectly content to just relax in your company instead of getting into mischief because they’re bored. They also make great napping buddies.
  • Lots of love! A mature pet seems to know how lucky he or she is and is often the most loving and devoted companion of all. They are so grateful to have a lifetime home!
  • A second chance. An older pet has often been through a lot by the time they make it to a rescue organization. They’ve lost their person, who may have had them since they were babies. They may have lost other animal friends as pets are split up, going to wherever a place can be found for them. Then, they must face an extended wait for a new home and a person of their own. Many shelters are forced to euthanize older animals because of their low adoptability. Fortunately, the foster pets of LCHS don’t have to face that possibility, but every senior pet who lingers in foster care means other pets don't get a chance in our adoption program.

The next time you consider adopting, please don’t overlook our mature friends. You can be sure they won’t ignore you.

Do you have a senior pet? Tell us about him or her in the comments below!


 

Tags: Happy Tails, Cats, Senior Pets

Seniors and Me

I can relate to Xerox's plight, and I'm glad to hear he has a new forever home.

Two years ago I adopted Josie, a seven year old brown and black tabby, from LCHS. She'll be 10 this March, and I just love her. I have only spent three weeks of the last 44 years without a cat, and it was because of my last cat--also a senior--that I decided to adopt Josie.

That last cat, Lindy, was 10 when I got her from some friends who described her as "not a good cat." They whined about this and that, but I had visited at Lindy's house a few times, and she and I had communicated well, so I decided to take her. "Not a good cat" to one person can be a great cat to another person. When she arrived at my house, I walked her around and showed her where everything was. She walked right with me. I have a cat door from the garage to my screened-in porch, and when I showed that to her, she walked right through to the porch.

But it was really not that obvious how smart Lindy was until one day when she was on the porch and I went out to see her. Realizing how warm it was out there, I said to her "Would you like the fan on?" I have a ceiling fan on the porch. As I asked her that, she looked UP at the fan! It was then I realized that senior cats have "vocabulary"! When I realized that, I decided to talk to my cats differently and to think more about adopting senior cats in the future.

When Lindy died at 19, I went looking for another senior cat. Josie fit the bill because she was one of the oldest and is a brown and black tabby. I love tabbies! Although Josie is not quite as old as Lindy was, she still has a pretty good vocabulary, getting better the more I talk to her. I recently put in another cat door, this time from my dining area to the garage, enabling Josie to get out to the screened-in porch all by herself.

The other morning she got up and immediately went to my kitchen's sliding glass door and asked me to open it so she could get to the porch. I said to her: "You have your own door now, so you can get to the porch all by yourself!" A look of recognition came over her face--oh, right; I can do that by myself--and she went over to the new cat door, slipped through it to the garage, went through the second cat door and out onto the screened-in porch. It was just a moment of morning sleepiness she had had. . .

Her vocabulary is growing daily, and we two seniors are blissfully happy together. She is playful, very well-mannered, appreciative, and affectionate.

Smart Older Cats

My senior cat, Percy, is 14. He is extremely intelligent. I like the points about "vocabulary" that Carol made, above, but I want to tell you about an additional skill Percy has -- reading eye gestures.

Yes, that's right -- I can invite Percy up to my lap simply by meeting his gaze and looking at my lap. I can get him to jump to certain other surfaces by looking at him and looking up there.

He's so bright I wish I could have put him in commercials or something. He would take training very easily. And he's a really good boy at the vet's, too. He knows we're trying to help. He takes his meds like a champ.

My Emma is very smart too. She's 12 this May. If her water dish is unsatisfactory, she'll sit by it, politely look up at me, and mew.

She, too, can follow eye gestures, and is very patient with being groomed -- lucky, since she has some long hair!

Thanks for sharing!

Both the original story and the comment "Seniors and Me" are wonderful. I love cats of all ages. It breaks my heart when people no longer want their cats after they have grown out of their kitten stage. I cannot understand telling anyone "you're not a cute little baby anymore and so are no longer wanted." Cats have their distinctive personalities with, in general, some common likes and dislikes across the species (like any other). They really become your friends as they get to know you and mature with their moods and inclinations (just like people). I sure miss volunteering with the LCHS since moving away, but I'm still there in spirit. Keep up the fantastic work!

Senior Cat...the goal of every kitten!

Thank you the sweet reminder that older cats make ideal pets. My latest cat is a kitten that will be one year old in March...Bodacious (Bo Bo for short) is a bob-tailed Maine Coon that weighs in at a trim 17 pounds. A "warm and fuzzy" he is not; nor is he endearing toward my older cat that will be 12 this year. However, he LOVES to hang out and spoon with my five year old foster female dog (okay...I decided to adopt her!), and he has learned a healthy respect for her possessiveness toward her food dish! The balance of power is good for him, and I enjoy the mellowing affect. I look forward to Bodacious' transition to senior maturity!

 


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