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Animal lovers urged to adopt older cats

Wednesday December 28th 2016

A leading animal charity has made an urgent appeal for would-be cat owners to consider adopting older animals.

Cats Protection says medical advances mean cats are now living longer, healthier lives but when it comes to finding a new home, they are frequently overlooked in favour of fluffy, cute kittens.

Bel Livingstone, manager of the charity's Belfast Adoption Centre, said: "While 10 years ago the household moggy could have been expected to live to around 13, today's life expectancy is much higher and we have seen many cats surviving to their late teens and early 20s in remarkably good health."

She says the cats' longer lives places the centre under stain because older cats can block up pen spaces for many months, which means it is unable to help other needy cats or kittens until the older ones are found new homes.

"It is a shame because older cats have a lot to offer, as they tend to be lap cats and have much more settled personalities," she said.

"Though the Belfast Adoption Centre does its very best to care for all the cats in its care, life in a pen is no substitute for a permanent home so I would urge people to consider adopting an older cat."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016