Should we take these cats?

(29 Posts)
Poledra Fri 12-Jul-13 23:29:39

DH and I have been thinking about getting a cat for a while now (I've mused upon it on this very board grin). Now, a friend of a friend is emigrating, and needs to find a home for her two cats. They're neutered toms, about 10 years old, brothers and currently in good health. They are living with children, so our 3 DCs shouldn't be too much of a shock for them. The only thing I'm wondering is if the cats are too old to rehome? I wanted adult cats, but also don't want to get cats that will shuffle off this mortal coil too soon!
Thanks for your help.

Madratlady Fri 12-Jul-13 23:41:07

You should definitely adopt them! Older cats find it harder to find homes if they end up in animal shelters.

They could be with you for years as well. A friend of dh had a 21 year old cat until recently.

cozietoesie Fri 12-Jul-13 23:41:59

I gave a home to Seniorboy when he was 13. He's now 18 and doing pretty well bar a touch of arthritis (in the last year) which is controlled by meds. There are other posters I'm sure who have taken on older cats with great alacrity.

It depends on the cat I think but most cats nowadays are living far longer with proper nutrition and vet care. It used to be that 10 years old would be really elderly for a cat but nowadays, many would regard that as middle aged - for a pet cat at least.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Jul-13 08:28:37

Nah, you've probably got years with them. More with good cereal free nutrition and prompt vet care if they do get ill.

How exciting.

QuietTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 09:16:40

Definitely take them.smile You have plenty of years left before they shuffle off this mortal coil. I currently have 2 cats (out of 9!) who are 18 years old, in rude health, and showing no signs of departing this world. Older cats also struggle to be rehomed through animal rescues, so you'd be doing everyone a favour.

Go for it.

cozietoesie Sat 13-Jul-13 09:35:02

Oh - and the UK Siamese Rescue currently has a lovely boy (who has just lost his Dad) up for a new home and he is 19! Your boys will virtually be teenagers in comparison.

I wouldn't hesitate.

smile

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Sat 13-Jul-13 09:36:06

Definetly! Another vote for lovely oldies

Go on. I bet they're lovely old boys.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:41:31

Just think, all of the kitten stupidity accidents are long gone. No trips to the vets because they've fallen off the conservatory.

Selks Sat 13-Jul-13 09:41:33

Oh have them please! I bet they're fab and you're likely to have years with them.

Oldies are the best. And I don't think of ten as old. I've had many cats over 20, and even a couple of 25 year olds. You could have many, many years with them yet.

RandomMess Sat 13-Jul-13 11:36:09

I agree go for it, they will probably lovely lap cats very soon idead.

Poledra Sun 14-Jul-13 18:31:34

OK, went to see the cats today, and they'll be coming to live with us from next weekend. They are friendly, placid boys who tolerated (even welcomed!) lots of hugging and handling from both our kids and those of their current family. The only thing I'm not looking forward to is taking the cats away from those children - even though they are old enough to understand, it's not going to be easy for them.

RandomMess Sun 14-Jul-13 18:41:58

Awwwwwwwww but think how much the cats would hate emigrating, it could have traumatised them.

Welcome to the world of cat ownership! Our rehomers took months to be 100% settled, were very affectionate straight away but not relaxed IYSWIM

cozietoesie Sun 14-Jul-13 18:46:51

The children will know, however, that the boys are going to live with a great new family. That will make a big difference.

You could always offer (rope in your DCs if they're old enough) to send them a regular email with pictures of the cats in their new place. I shouldn't imagine that that will last too long what with their new adventure but it may be that the offer would tide them over the first few weeks?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 14-Jul-13 19:02:32

Ah come on, you knew you were having them wink.

Like when Dh's colleague was telling him about a puppy his wife had seen but they weren't having it. Nope, definitely no more dogs.

Poledra Mon 15-Jul-13 08:55:36

Thanks, all.

Random, that's exactly what the owner of the cats said - she couldn't put them through the journey to Australia, to then introduce them to a climate so different from England.

cozie, I was thinking exactly the same as you - I'll offer DD1's services (she's 9) to email the family about the cats if it will help (I might ask the mum first if she thinks it's a good idea).

One thing we didn't think to ask about was microchips - if the cats are not microchipped, do you wise women think it's a good idea to have them chipped?

cozietoesie Mon 15-Jul-13 09:08:56

Absolutely have them chipped. Are they to go outside at your home?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:13:48

Yes, always chip them.

cozietoesie Mon 15-Jul-13 09:14:12

PS - Yes, I'd ask the Mum about the email but in any case, they'll presumably be sent to her so she can make the decision whether or not to open them out to her children. (I guess you could use Facebook as well - its just that I'm not a Facebook user so it doesn't always occur to me right off.)

Best of luck with them.

smile

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 09:14:44

Yes, good to get them chipped, worth the bother.
I have tom brothers, lovely boys.

QueenStromba Tue 16-Jul-13 19:00:27

So glad you decided to take them. Our girl is 15 and the vets at Battersea couldn't find a thing wrong with her other than her teeth and they gave the impression of being rather thorough. She quite often sprints around the flat and does some rather enthusiastic chasing of her feathers on a stick toy every night at bed time (not so enthusiastic in this heat actually). I'll be very surprised if she doesn't live well into her 20s. If your (soon to be) boys are still in full health at 10 then they should be fine for a good few years to come.

Definitely get them chipped even if they're going to be indoor cats. It's a weight off my mind knowing that Rice is chipped in case she does ever get out somehow (not that she ever shows any interest in the outside world other than when the mean pigeons are taunting her).

They sound like wonderful cats who are going to fit into your family brilliantly. Don't forget that if they are to go outside you should keep them in for the first three weeks or so. How far away do your friends live? If they aren't very far then make sure that they give their neighbours your contact details in case they turn up there.

And don't forget to insure them - the vets bills can add up quite quickly. Get "for life" cover which means that if they do get a chronic health problem like diabetes or hyperthyroidism then they are covered for life rather than just the first year after diagnosis.

Poledra Thu 18-Jul-13 14:23:20

OK, I have a room ready for the boys to come home to tomorrow (DH is so pleased they're boys, as currently he's the only male in the house grin) where they can be left to be nice and quiet, hiding places, beds etc.. The previous owner is giving us a month's supply of their food. We have a litter tray BUT what's the best litter to get? There is a good independent pet shop in our village that I'm going to visit tomorrow but I'd quite like some opinions before I just get flogged the most expensive stuff in the shop...

cozietoesie Thu 18-Jul-13 14:49:37

Well done so far. smile

On litter, you'll find loads of different views here - cats seem to dictate what they like and they all have likes and dislikes.

Myself, I'd initially give them the type they're used to (so that they an transition) and then, if you're going to change it, do so in a couple of stages. Might also be a good idea to get from their current owner a small amount of clean litter from their existing tray to sprinkle on top. (Although clean, it should have some odour to their sensitive noses - enough to alert them to their new place if needed.)

cozietoesie Thu 18-Jul-13 14:51:17

PS - my boys always require Fuller's Earth/natural clay clumping litter. Other posters' cats use different stuff though.

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