I was at the shelter last, Fri, 10 to noon. That being my usual day & time to volunteer. Of the kitties that are currently available for adoption, we have one four year old & another that might be that age or a little older. Neither are seniors. As for the dogs, I don’t think we have any in that age range either.
Since cats can often live longer than dogs, especially if they’re indoor only, senior often starts for them at past 10. For many dogs, that age is their upper limit. So, being a senior for them is considered what the last 25% of their life is.
We have two senior kitties. Both 11. Though, the way they run around, chase & wrestle each other, you’d never know it. Do you have or have you had an older animal companion?
NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 to help find loving homes for animals in need. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016. The shelter I volunteer at will be participating in this. As seen by the graphic below. What about ones in your area? Do they have something similar in other countries. Go to, Clear the Shelters, to learn more.
One important thing is to stock a pet first aid kit. Which would include: an assortment of bandages, pads and rolls of gauze, tweezers (for removing splinters, debris from eyes, etc.), pet thermometer, bottled water (enough for 5-7 days). To learn of more items to add & other ways to be prepared, please click on, The Contemporary Pet
One thing, 80% of orange tabbies are male. I already knew the majority of them are. They’re not sure why, though. I’ve had three orange kitties in my life. The first was when I was eight to 18. It was my & my grandma’s. He had wandered onto our property. We lived in a more rural area just outside of town. We’d often get strays. Though some belonged to somebody & we made sure we got them back to their person. When I was 28 to 30 & living (renting from) with my grandma again, she adopted an orange cat. After I married, I would still see him, when I/we visited my grandma. 2 1/2 years after my husband & I married, we adopted our first kitty together. An orange male who was four. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months ago. He was 19 1/2. All three of them were major loves. Several of the kitties, at the shelter where I volunteer, have been orange. Orange ones also tend to be more mellow. Please go to, I Heart Cats, to read the rest of the list.
Cats can make great gardening companions. Besides lazing in the sun & chasing butterflies, there are plants they like to nibble on. Unfortunately, some plants can be toxic & dangerous for your favorite feline. To find out some safe ones, including, catnip (one that many kitties enjoy), please go to: Simon’s Cat
This was posted by Cindy Eriksen on behalf of KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area’s video at the Solano/Napa County – Pet Detectives Facebook group: RESCUERS NEED RESCUE: A Sonoma County animal sanctuary that has cared for thousands of aging and disabled animals could be forced to close. Please learn more about the organization by clicking on, BrightHaven They’re located in my hometown.