Less Adoptable Cats

It’s Feline Friday and hot on the “paws” of the doggy blog on Wednesday, today less adoptable cats get equal time.  Petfinder.com have declared September 17-23 to be LESS ADOPTABLE PET WEEK to give these pets extra visibility, but don’t let the ending of this promotion stop you from following your heart and adopting YOUR special kitty any time of the year.

Just as with the dogs, the “less adoptable” kitties don’t know they’re different than the “purr-fect” options out there. Adopting old fogie cats offers quite a few advantages. They’re more likely to have settled and become more willing to lap sit rather than swing from the drapes. With cats commonly living into their late teens or even twenties, adopting a mature feline friend could still offer you a decade or more of furry love. I’ve got lots of help for you in the Aging Cat book, too. 🙂

Only one leg? Tripod cats still jump and climb. Hard of hearing or deaf? These days my Seren-kitty me-WOWS much louder than in the past but we make accommodations for the normal changes of age. Learn more about living with a deaf kitty in this article.

Maybe the pet is blind. That doesn’t seem to slow kitties down. Cats are able to compensate very well with their other senses and can even manage leaps and other acrobatics. Learn more about how to live with a blind cat in this article.

I’ve said it many times but it bears repeating. Whatever a given pet’s “imperfections” they never seem to interfere with the cat’s ability ability to give and receive love.

Have you ever adopted a “less adoptable” pet? Why were they labeled as such? What challenges did you face and — was it worth it? (I’m waiting for a resounding YES!)

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay tuned for more news about my forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND!


Less Adoptable Cats — 17 Comments

  1. When I was volunteering more regularly at the local humane society, there was a cat that was there for AGES. Purebred Norwegian Forest Cat (I think she was there because her owner died) that nobody wanted to adopt because she was missing an eye.

  2. We’re into our 17th year of living with a cat that my mother still shakes her head over us “putting up with” as she phrases it. Our cat was a starving 5-week-old when she came begging at our door. When a litter of kittens identical to her were found a day later drowned in a nearby creek, we realized she was probably the only one that made it out of the burlap sack alive. Then two weeks after we got her she was run over and had to have her rear femur heads replaced after they’d been crushed by the tires. So, between being separated too early from mama, making it out alive after seeing her siblings drowned, being nearly starved to death before she reached our porch, and then having to go through major surgery shortly thereafter because she had to learn the hard way that cars don’t always see little kitties, our cat has had trust issues from day one. Yes, she had a guarded personality, no matter that we fed her and kept her water dish filled. Yes, she does often attack first and apologize later. However, she is also one of the most thoughtful beings (not just animals) that I’ve ever been around in my life. If someone in the household is crying, she’s right there, rubbing an arm and chirping, trying to do what she can to make the sadness go away. She always gives a warble sound when she is let back inside the house from one of her numerous forays into the sunny backyard–and the family dubbed that her “saying thank-you” since her early years because that’s the only time she makes that particular sound. She’s also a great mouser, and has always honored me with the presentation of each catch–be it rodent, snake or reptile (yes, this is one tribute I could do without, but the way she always goes out of her way to find me shows how important it is to her).

    My long comment is to show how much our family has gained by a pet that should not have lived twice, but has given us nearly two decades of love. Yes, she’s prickly, and things must be done on her terms or she has no difficulty telling us with voice and claws that she “is not amused”. However, who of us in a “family” doesn’t have issues–hers are just ones relating to extended trust issues, and completely understandable. But the best side of her prickliness is that she’s also extremely self-sufficient, knows what she wants and is a pro at achieving it, does not hover and is great at giving people space when they need it.

    Animals who have already experienced what it means to “not be wanted” are the best at showing you how glad they are that you invited them into your life.


  3. The “less adoptable” pet we took into our lives came at a time when we’d just lost our senior Dachshund twins. I like to think that they sent him to us because we were grieving and he needed a home. I pulled Gus from the shelter for Dachshund rescue. He was a probably 10-years old standard Dachshund who walked like a drunken truck driver. (I imagine he had had back problems before.) But he had that wonderful Dachshund personality and walked right into our hearts. I hate to think what we’d have missed–the joy and humor this little guy brought into our lives–if we hadn’t decided to get him out of the shelter. We had 6 great years together and we still miss his “big smile” so much. There will never be another Gus.

    • “A drunken truck driver…” That truly conjures an image of the little guy. So glad you had 6 years with Gus, but three times that wouldn’t be enough time, would it? *sigh*

  4. I guess you could include ferals in this list. All of my present cats are either retired ferals or the offspring of ferals. They can be quite different from normally domesticated cats but they are worth the trouble. They’ve taught me so much about feline behavior, I sometimes feel as if I have a PhD in feral cat-ology! It took 12 years before Effie (Ineffable) finally let me touch her but those last four years of her life were a wonderful gift.

    Additionally I have lived with a “tripod” (Hobby, Effie’s sister) and a cat with muscular dystrophy (Zeit Geist).

  5. I really need help with my cat! every time someone comes over she doesn’t know she freaks out and starts hissing and screaming. If they try to come into my room she usually nips at them and guards the door. but now she has started biting and drawing blood. She has shown aggression towards me as well. I don’t know what to do. She always seems like she is sorry after she calms down. I don’t know what to do. Everyone except me is afraid of her. When she was a kitten she was alot worse. It took me a long time to get her to stop biting and now she is at it again.

    • Hi Tiffany, I’m so sorry to hear this! The short answer is–shut her in the bedroom before your guests arrive. The more detailed answer for possibly reducing your cat’s fear and aggression can be found in the book ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your MultiCAT Household (there’s a chapter on aggression including to people). And a more personal specific one-on-one consult (by phone unless you’re local to N. Texas *s*) would have to be arranged offline.

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