DP and I are looking to adopt a cat and have found a gorgeous girl who sounds just right for us. However she is 12 years old and has some arthritis in her hips. According to the rescue centre vet, it's not very bad and most of the time you can't tell, but she does need occasional pain killers.
Does anyone have experience with adopting an older cat, or one with arthritis? Good or bad experiences, happy stories. It takes of caution all welcome! Thanks
I would be tempted to give someone like petplan a call and see how much the insurance would be. You need to bear in mind the ongoing cost of her care, and whether you can afford to provide it BUT you will potentially be the only chance she has
We adopted a twelve year old cat ( and her then one year old son) about 18mo ago. She's a dream cat so chilled and easy. She was overweight when we got her and still is (as she steals food from her son and has had a gazillion kittens so a saggy mummy tummy) no other issues. Really easygoing, sweet tempered family cat. Surprisingly nippy so does catch a fair few mice too.
My last cat came to me at 14 and by 16 or 17 had developed arthritis. It was kept well under control by meloxicam until he reached very advanced years and needed some supplemental pain relief. He also had an electric blanket to lie on. (He made it to just over 22.)
A few years ago we adopted a 16 year old black cat who had thyroid problems. Was only with us for 6 months before passing over the rainbow bridge, but honestly I do not regret the decision at all. She was a lovely sweet affectionate cat and unfortunately her previous owners had died. So happy I have her a loving home for the last of her life and not stuck in a rescue centre.
It's great you're looking to adopt an older cat as they do stay in rescues a lot longer. Older cats are lovely-generally calmer (not always). No advice on arthritis but do get the best insurance cover you can as cats can develop a variety of ongoing health issues as they age.
Just wanted to update you. We met her and she was absolutely gorgeous. We went for a really long walk and talk though, and after much deliberation we decided that now wasn't the right time to get a cat, we're just too busy to give her the life she deserves DP particularly is really sad, I think he fell in love with her a bit, but it was also his decision in the end that it wasn't the right time for us.