Senior kitties like Johnny and Queenie show how older cats have aged like a fine wine, oozing character and purrsonality.
He may be grumpy-looking, but Johnny is a sweet survivor. Johnny survived an owner who sadly had dementia and sometimes forgot to feed him. So he lost a lot of weight. Fortunately, the scrappy kitty made it to rescuers at Purrfect Cat Rescue in Crystal Lake, IL.
We love Johnny’s gruff mature cat face and “attitude” that reminds us of a wise old owl (and some people we know). He’s not about to take any nonsense or sass, but he will take all the treats and cuddles.
To start the New Year, the rescuers hared the results of Johnny’s photoshoot.
“New year…new face! Meet 11-year old-Johnny!💙Johnny’s owner had dementia and would forget to feed him. We are working on fattening him up a bit. Johnny has early on kidney disease. If you’ve ever loved a kitty with that, you know they love like any other and need us just a bit more. Johnny deserves that love and attention! Here he is enjoying his photoshoot 💙”
🦉 Johnny the Wise Old Owl 🦉
Now, Johnny is looking for a forever home with a family who will appreciate his considerable charms. As an older chap, he’ll make the perfect companion for an apartment or with people who enjoy quiet time. Notably, senior cats can also be a great choice for those with a medical condition since they are easier to keep up with and less likely to scratch during high-energy kitten play.
Kidney Disease in Cats
What does it mean if your cat has kidney disease?
As many as half of cats over age 15 may suffer from it, but they may not show signs until the disease advances. As many as 1 in 3 cats may develop kidney disease, also called renal failure, during their lifetime. General signs include frequent urination, vomiting, weight loss, and drinking more water. To help, it’s best to provide plenty of fresh drinking water at all times.
If you suspect your cat may have kidney disease, schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Once diagnosed, they can suggest the right treatment, such as a special diet, medication, and fluid therapy. Importantly, cats with kidney disease can have long, healthy lives.
However, there will e added expenses to keep in mind for the treatment, which can average over $600 annually in some cases. Overall, the cost tends to be lower than for diabetes. Therefore, those who adopt cats like Johnny should be prepared for routine veterinary checkups to care for his ongoing health needs.
As cat lovers know, the companionship and love they provide are priceless. For many people, an older cat is the best choice and, like kittens, may do best in bonded pairs. On the other hand, older kitties can also thrive on their own without all that wild kitteny energy to contend with.
🍷Older Kitties Like a Fine Wine🍷
To mark the New Year, Purrfect Cat Rescue is sharing photos of many cute older cats. It’s not just the young whipper-snappers who shine in the spotlight.
Below, you can see 13-year-old Queenie’s adorable mug.
“New year…new faces! Meet 13-year-young Queenie! A senior kitty confused by her new surroundings. She has adjusted nicely and loves to have people with her. She spends her days in the cat tree watching the birds in the feeder and waiting for someone to take her home. Love her pink nose! 💗