RSPCA figures reveal that older cats take twice as long to rehome

RSPCA figures reveal that it takes twice as long to rehome an older cat and are urging people to consider adopting cat’s over the age of three.

The animal welfare charity currently has 59 older cats* at its national centres, and as figures show it can take twice as long to rehome a cat over the age of three, this means there are lots of cats waiting in centres to find their forever home.

The average lifespan of a cat is about 14 -years old, but some moggies can live for much longer, even into their 20s.

RSPCA cat welfare expert, Sam Watson, said: “Sometimes, when people think of getting a cat they imagine the cute and playful kitten ,but the reality is often quite different and looking after a kitten can be very hard work.

“We would encourage anyone looking to adopt a cat to consider rehoming an older model who really needs a second chance. Many older cats can make wonderful, playful and loving companions, but are usually less intense than kittens. These seniors can sometimes need a little more care, medicine and could require a special diet but they will make such rewarding companions.

“It is heart-breaking to see an older animal spend their twilight years in a cattery. Plenty of pets are young at heart and every animal is an individual so one of these oldies could be the perfect addition to your home.”

Sisters, Kylie and Danni

There are a number of senior cats looking for their forever home within RSPCA centres across the UK, including sisters Kylie and Danni, two 15-year old black cats.

The pair came into RSPCA care in March when their owner sadly passed away and would now like to spend their twilight years in a loving home again. They are at the RSCPA Surrey, Sutton and District branch and would like to be adopted together and could live with children or primary school age but would prefer a dog free home. If you can give the par a loving home, you can email or call 07944308169.

Isaac Newton is a 17-year old ginger and white cat who was placed in a boarding cattery by his owners who never returned for him.

Golden oldie, Isaac waiting four months but his owners were never found and so he was taken to the RSPCA Wirral and Chester Animal Centre last week. This poor moggie is having his fur de-matted by staff as they believe he had stopped grooming himself because he was bored and depressed at the cattery.

Isaac may be able to live with another cat, and/or a friendly dog and could also live with children of primary school age. He will probably spend more time indoors.

To help rehome Isaac or any of the older cats in RSPCA’s care, visit