Sep 21, 2010

Two Cats Tuesday: 7 Things Pimp Taught Me About Why Older Cats are Awesome

Happy Two Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Today, Pimp is taking the spotlight because he has taught me some very important things through the years about why older cats are fabulous. (Don't tell him I called him "old!" He's not old yet, just a little bit on his way...)

Pimp is 11, and every single year he gets better and better. The longer he's with me, the more love he shows and the more grateful I am that I have him. He's taught me a lot in his 11 years -- a lot of it recently.

I have always adopted kittens, but I'm starting to see why older cats deserve to be adopted, too, and maybe even more. They have so much love left to give. And so without further ado...

The Top 7 Things Pimp Wants You to Know About Older Cats

1. Old men are not dirty.
You know the stereotype about dirty old men? Doesn't apply to older cats. He knows where his litter box is, and doesn't need to be taught. He doesn't raid the garbage can like rambunctious kittens and doesn't knock over my red wine glass in a fit of flying kitten fur.

2. A little gray is sexy.
Don't you dare tell Pimp his gray whiskers aren't sexy. He's one good lookin' older dude! Maybe he's not quite as shiny as he used to be, but he's just as soft as ever... and just as cute.

3. Good food is one of the most important things in life.
(And so is good wine, but that's for me, not Pimp. Ahem.) It's crucial to feed your older cat good food, because their tummies are more sensitive. But seeing how much different food affects Pimp has taught me that even younger cats need good food. You are what you eat... and you want your cat to be good, right?

4. It's not picky, it's "particular."
You don't need every toy in the world. Just because some new gadget comes out or there's some fancy new model, it doesn't mean that what you have isn't perfectly fine. Some of Pimp's favorite toys are older than his brother, Moo, and he'd rather play with them than anything new and flashy I get him. He doesn't ask for much. :)

5. A comfy bed is better than any flashy toy.
Adding to #4, older cats realize that there are more important things than how many toys are in your toy basket. I used to get Pimp mice every year for his birthday, and he loved them, but lately I've gotten him things to make him comfy -- and he uses them way more than all his toys combined! Soft beds = 20 hours a day. Fun toys = 30 minutes. (Don't worry, he still gets tons of toys!)

6. Peace and quiet is underrated.
Pimpy says relax. Older cats are content to just lie around, lounge and not create too much ruckus. You don't have to entertain them (or else lose your nice curtains or favorite vase) and you don't have to babysit them like kittens. They are easy and content to "just be"... so you can just be, too.

7. Love never stops growing.
Sure, your older cat may be done growing, and may actually be shrinking a little instead, but their heart somehow keeps expanding with more and more love. When Pimp looks at me, it's with such love and adoration, and such happiness and sweetness. He knows he's loved and he'll always be taken good care of. He knows I'll do whatever I can for him, for as long as he needs it. And he knows how lucky he is.

Older cats are extremely special. They often easily adjust to your home and don't cause much trouble. If you have the room in your home and your heart, why not take a look at some of the senior pets in your area that need homes and go adopt one today. (Or tomorrow, Cute knows you may need a day to get their comfy bed and good food ready...)

Sure, they may need some extra care as they age (For the record - Pimp is going to live forever. I've already informed him of this.), but the love you'll get in return and the fulfilling, incredible feeling you'll get from taking care of them will give you a ton of joy.

Think of your grandma or grandpa -- you would want them to be happy and comfortable in their sunset years, right? Older pets should have the same luxury!

19 comments:

  1. what a great post! I adopted my cat, Jack, last November, at 9 years of age ...
    He's such a love, and never once has had an "accident" - curious and smart, and more playful than I expected for his age ...
    I have only had two cats in my life, and both were adults when I got them, tho my previous cat, Taz, was a young adult. Never had any litter box problems, and both quickly learned what is ok to scratch, and what isn't ...
    I know kittens are adorable and irresistible - but I have had such good experiences adopting older cats (and my heart dog too, but that's another post ;) ) that I highly recommend it!

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  2. So many beautiful things kitties can teach us! I am thinking sweet Pimp is looking like he is in his prime ~ he is one handsome mancat!

    Have a terrific Tuesday!
    xo Catherine

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  3. That is such a wonderful post. Pimp, you are so correct that older cats are the best. There are five of them here and they are so great. Great, great post.
    Have a super day.

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  4. Pimp, you are a very good role model!

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  5. Margaret in MichiganSeptember 21, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Pimp is soooo handsome, I want to kiss that belly! I adopted my beautiful cat Hershey when she was a year old and had her for 18 years. She is now in Kitty heaven!! Happy Tuesday!! :-) Margaret in Mich.

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  6. That was a beautiful post, I think everyone just learned a lot from Pimp too!

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  7. Pimp is wise... and a great educator! Wonderful post!

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  8. That was a great post, Dorian...Love ya, Pimp! ;)

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  9. Pimp is one wise and gorgeous boy! And he's right -- those are good lessons for us all :) Senior pets are well-seasoned!

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  10. Sherpa was the first kitten we had around here in the longest time. We always took in strays and they were cats not kittens. I had sworn off kittens after Sherpa but then Harry showed up.

    NO MORE KITTENS

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  11. YAAY! That's a Beeeootiful tribute to a very special cat!!!

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  12. Oh yeah! Older kitties are great! Pimp, you are proof of that!

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  13. This is such a great post! We have a range at our house - kitten to old man cat, and you are right that older cats are awesome. A little quirky as they get into the older years, but that just makes thinks interesting!

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  14. M's misty was a little older when she was adopted by my peeps & she was a great kitty. Awesome post again. You have awesome kitties too.

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  15. older cats rock, kittens are gorgeous but such hard work! all that nibbling and climbing curtains and sqeaking. give me a relaxed and appreciative and loving older cat any day.

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  16. older cats rock, kittens are gorgeous but such hard work! all that nibbling and climbing curtains and sqeaking. give me a relaxed and appreciative and loving older cat any day.

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  17. We have two "older" kitties (they don't read what I'm posting now), the girl almost 12andthe boy almost 9. I can't express mythoughts as clearly as you can due to the language barrier, but I can only say: I agree with you a 100 %. The only vermouth-drop - they tend to have a lot of little sicknesses that show up after a blood test! I say: With love and meds we still can make them a comfortable life and keep them happy.

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  18. Agreed in all cases - especially Pimp's views on older cats.

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