I have a confession to make: Senior cats are my absolute favorite! I love to look into their eyes and witness the wisdom of their years. I love how sure of themselves they are, of their likes and dislikes; of their routines … I just love them!
My personal experience with senior cats was with my cat Spookie who lived to be 22 years old. I still can’t get over the relationship we had together. We literally had our own language between the two of us and honestly it was Spookie who taught it to me (if you have cats, you know what I mean).
Another thing Spookie taught me was the level of respect one can have for another soul. I knew this soul since I was about 13 years old and she about 6 months. Every day she would be at the end of the stairs waiting for to come home from school. And every day as I stepped up the stairs and up through the walkway carrying a ton of books and bags, she knowingly would throw herself down on the ground to show me her belly just at the moment I might accidentally step on her. But she also was there, waiting for me an hour before I drove up the driveway home from college – how do they know? Okay, I understand I’m sounding like a crazy cat lady but that’s how much I love older cats. And I truly believe they deserve all that we can possibly do for them, including bestest bedding, food and lovins’.
Laura Hazard is the cat behavior consultant for the Marin Humane Society. She is also the instructor for our cat behavior workshops, including the upcoming Senior Cat Care workshop on November 4.