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Appeal made for pet owners to adopt older cats

Friday, 17th February 2012

An appeal has been made for potential pet owners to adopt older cats and give them a home complete with plenty of cat food.

Cats Protection has launched this adoption appeal as its unwanted older cats, aged 12 or above, now wait an average of 96 days before finding a home.

This is a 32 per cent increase on 2010 and much longer than the charity's usual 40 day waiting period.

Peter Hepburn, chief executive of Cats Protection, stated that the situation has worsened over the last 12 months and has reached an all-time low as no-one wants to adopt a healthy, older cat.

He explained that the main issue that puts potential owners off of older cats is that they fear it will be expensive to look after as it may need to visit a vet and take pet meds due to its age.

Mr Hepburn said: "It is a great shame because they make wonderful pets and companions, and improvements in cat care have greatly raised the life expectancy and quality of life for many cats, meaning that many now live to their late teens and early 20s in remarkably good health."

Last week, a 15-year-old cat, who bears a striking resemblance to Harry Potter villain Voldemort, was rehomed.