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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Raleigh 2
Honoring Cats Living out Their Golden Years
If we are very lucky, all of our cats who share our homes will become seniors, and they will share long and happy lives with us. As they reach their golden years, they may become prone to many of the diseases of old age humans have, such as arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, and chronic renal failure. Senior cats are very wise and teach us lessons in acceptance as they stoically accept their frailties, along with the ministrations of those who love... them and are loved by them.
Although many of our senior cats live with us their full lives, others are adopted by special people who can see beyond the kittens in the shelter to a cat who looks at them with knowing eyes. This special relationship between older cats and their human caregivers often gives these cats a new lease on life.
If you are a lucky person who loves and is loved by an older cat (10 or older), you can honor him or her by sending your photo, using the Photo Submittal Guidelines.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Gypsy
Gypsy is another of our popular senior forum cats. I'd say her looks belie her age.
Our beautiful Gypsy is 14 years old. While volunteering for a free roaming cat shelter a couple years ago, I saw this extremely underweight older girl who was absolutely miserable. I was told that she most likely had cancer and nothing could be done. Thinking to give her some respite so she could die in peace without being surrounded by 40 other cats, I took her home and promptly weighed her -- the scale barely... registered three pounds.
I quickly figured out that she didn't have cancer but rather had obviously never eaten dry food before (the only thing served at the shelter) and had no idea what it was. In other words, she was literally starving to death. Providing her with food she could eat restored her to health and happiness. She is still with us today, but now as a permanent resident, and weighs in at nine pounds (and often bounces around like a kitten!).Continue to 3 of 32 below.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Jezabel
This is my Jezabel, She is my heart; she is my miracle at age 20 and one half (2007).
20 years ago I was in the market for a kitty. I heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that there were some stray kittens in a hallway of an apartment building. The next day I went there. As I got there I was told that the SPCA had come the day before and taken away all the kittens except one, which hid back into a hole in the wall and they couldn't get it out.
I was of course prepared with food and a soft... voice and coaxed this gray and white kitty out. She was afraid but went to the food, and while I felt guilty as heck after allowing her just a few nibble I picked her up. She was scared until I held her close into my chest, then she cuddled right in and began purring. She spent the whole ride home in my arms. When I got her home she was still afraid of my 'body,' the size of me coming after her; she would run and try to hide. But once I cornered her she would allow me to pick her up and she would then be as happy as can be cuddled into my chest. To this very day she is the same way when I pick her up, although not as afraid as in the beginning.
When I got her home a couple of days later you can imagine my surprise when I looked down and saw a pure WHITE kitty - apparently the gray was just dust :-). I was very very happy as white kitties are my favorite!
She has lost a lot of weight as she has aged, has some mid-level kidney issues. We have had a couple of cancer scares - but she has shocked the vet, all the techs, and myself by just bouncing back every time! In fact this picture was taken over a year ago after one of the cancer scares as I was thinking it may be the last picture I would be able to get of her. Thankfully it is not! If she hasn't been into the vet in a month or two and I go there for another cat, at least two of the vets will go out of their way to ask me how she is doing :-).Continue to 4 of 32 below.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Raleigh
The Empress Raleigh is a Cats Forum favorite, as is her mistress, HOSTPat.
I adopted Raleigh when she was 7 years old, and we've had 8 wonderful years together. At 15 she's as beautiful as ever, although she's become quite thin under her abundant fur. We're fighting kidney disease, high blood pressure, and mild anemia, but she's responding well to treatment and is still the Empress of our home. She runs like the wind, flings her toys through the air, and leaps effortlessly to... the back of our couch or to the kitchen counter. She's a very vocal cat, and a real cuddler who demands her lap time.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Sonny
Sonny and his housemate, Tweakers, are also well-loved forum cats.
Sonny is 19 years old. As a kitten, he was adopted from a farm where he was living in a barn with a bunch of beagles. Of our seven cats, he is the best behaved of the bunch. All of the kittens who have joined the household have always loved Uncle Sonny. He has liked one, tolerated the rest, but was never mean to any of them. He is still spunky enough to chew on his best buddy and play fingers. He is a very loved cat. He... doesn't ask for much more than gentle lovies and cuddling up, and his face often shines with sweetness and love.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Tweakers
Tweakers, and Sonny before, are both lucky cats who were adopted when older, thanks to drussell41.
Tweakers is a 12 y/o cat who was rescued from a kill shelter. He was left in a box outside the shelter with only a note bearing his age and name. He was very scared when first adopted and acted very, very ferocious. He has since come around to be a very lovey cat when he's in the mood and no other cats are around. He loves cheese and all things dairy. He begs in the most adorable manner, leaning... against the cupboard, looking up with big, innocent eyes, and waving one of his furry paws at you. He must have been dearly loved by someone before being taken to the shelter. He is quite a character, and we are so glad he is in the family.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Kitty Von Rippen Hiemer
Kitty Von Rippen Hiemer wanted to be a cyber-kitty, and here he is!
This is Kitty Von Rippen Hiemer. He's an astounding 18 years old and still going strong, though he definitely likes his naps now. He claimed this pillow the day my chiropractor sent it home with me and it's been his ever since. He is only 1/8th Siamese, but he inherited the coloring and lovely blue, uncrossed eyes.
He's also very vocal and super smart; he has even figured out acoustics. He aims his meows up towards the corner... of our tiled shower to boost his sound output (and drive us crazy). He occasionally uses his smarts to get himself into big trouble, but overall he's a very sweet and loving kitty.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Annie
Our forum members take exceptional care of their cats, judging by how many seniors are represented here.
Annie is 20 years old. I've had her since she was a gangly 10 week old kitten. It was love at first sight. She was sickly that first year and thought the vets office was her second home but having gotten over that hurdle she remains a very healthy active kitty. She rules the house with an iron paw and I wouldn't have it any other way!
She grudgingly shares her humans with Zico, her not so toy... boy cat and Syd the amazon parrot.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Zico
Longtime readers will remember Sasha, who played a major role in Project Orange, a couple of years ago.
Zico belongs to Sasha, my daughter, he was adopted 3 years ago at 8 years old from the Toronto Cat Rescue. His previous family had a baby who had respiratory problems when the family cats were about.
Zico is handsome, vain, and very laid back. Zico loves everyone and everyone loves him, except Annie, our other cat. He has a special bond to Sasha and when she comes in, no one else exists for him.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Skrufy
Skrufy and housemate Veto (featured next) are also forum favorites, as is their slave, HOSTYez
Skrufy thinks his mission in life is to kill EvilFurryWorms, defined as anything remotely stringlike. I was taking photos of my recent knitting and turned to pick up the next project for a shot. When I turned around, Skrufy was killing the curls on the green wig I'd made for my daughter! (Luckily, the wig suffered only humiliation.)
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Veto
Veto defends his hi-tech cat bed. (He actually does have 4 fangs, but in this shot he was talking out of the side of his mouth - you can barely see the tip of his upper left.)
At 13, he keeps in shape by picking senseless alpha "fights" with the other two cats in the Herd. No one gets hurt, though, because everyone knows he's a blowhard, a legend in his own mind. His interests are: food, sleeping in broken-cat poses, "Dee-Dee" (his stuffed bear), world domination, boxes, and laps.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Vanity and Tori
Frequent visitors to the forum will recognize Vanity and Tori.
Vanity is the one I call my natural born kitty. She turned 15 in August, and we've been together since she was 8 weeks old. We have been through a lot together, and she has been the best friend a cat lady could ask for. Of all my cats, Vanity is definitely the most spoiled. She loves to be close to me and is on me as much as possible. She loves to cuddle in my lap and gives me little kitty kisses on my cheek to wake me up each... morning. True to her name, Vanity knows she is beautiful and loves to be brushed and adored by anyone, anytime. In fact, she gets jealous when she is not the center of attention. Luckily, she doesn't have to worry about that too often.
Tori turned 11 years old this past January. It is hard to believe she has been part of our family for 11 1/2 years! My husband (at that time still boyfriend status) and I decided we wanted a second cat to keep Vanity company. Vanity was about 3 1/2 at the time. As luck would have it, a co-worker was feeding a semi-feral cat at her house, and that cat had kittens. There were 4 of them, two black, one gray, and a little tiny dilute tortoiseshell. We already had one cat, and wanted another female, so decided on the torti sight unseen.
My co-worker and her daughters brought the kittens to work for me to see when they were 5 weeks old. Tori was the calmest of the bunch. A week later, when it was time to take her home (we didn't know about waiting until 8-12 weeks of age back then), it was a different story! This little kitty was totally nuts. She was the most active, playful little girl, and was not afraid of anything, and gravity did NOT effect Tori.
Vanity was less than pleased about the new addition, but Tori was fearless and by the end of the first weekend they were slowly becoming friends. Tori loved Vanity and always wanted to lie on top of her. Tori is definitely the quirkiest of our cats, but she is a sweetie. Right away, she figured out that I was Vanity's person, so she claimed Rick as her own, and her true love for him has never faltered. She is definitely a Daddy's Girl.Continue to 13 of 32 below.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Stranded aka Strandy
Although he has "graduated" to the Bridge, Strandy is such a longtime forum presence that he must be featured here.
I got Stranded for Christmas 1988, when I was eight years old. My mom said that she was almost going to adopt a big white kitty when all of a sudden this little orange ball of fire went flying across the room and crawled right up her leg! He was my best friend, playmate, and love of my life. I used to attempt to dress him in doll clothes and put him in my little baby buggy and cart... him around the house. He has been there for me through so much of my life I can't really remember when he wasn't there. He went to Rainbow Bridge when he was 18 years old- that was this past July. I miss him a lot but I know it's only a temporary break, and we'll be together again someday.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Samson
Delilah's photo is featured on the next page.
I adopted Samson & Delilah from the Lake County Humane Society in Mentor, Ohio in September, 1995. They shared a cage but were not biological siblings. Samson is the white one and Delilah is the mostly black one. They have brought me nothing but pure pleasure in the 11 years since they adopted me. Delilah developed diabetes when she was nine years old, but through a special diet and exercise program we have been able to avoid insulin shots. They... are both happy and healthy still full of energy even though they are considered "senior" cats.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Delilah
Delilah's story is on the previous page.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Denis
This is Denis, I don't know his exact age, he is believed to be around 14 or 15 years old. I don't know much about his previous life, he was coming for food and some TLC, but usually was going back to wherever his home was. One day (three years ago) I found him lying in my garden very ill, after couple unsuccessful vet visits and lot of TLC from my mother and myself he was healthy again. He is such sweet cat, tolerates my other cats, very affectionate, even got used to the name I gave... him. He likes to spend a lot of time in enclosure and napping.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Chloe
This is my 16 year-old Chloe, who found me when she was about 6 weeks old. Though she has asthma, thryoid issues, high blood pressure and arthritis and is on meds for all of them, thanks to a great relationship with a wonderful and innovative vet who sees us through the rough spots, Chloe lives a carefree life, enjoying the pleasures of birdwatching with me on our morning visits to our backyard in Las Vegas. She wakes me at 5 a.m. every day and is still rarin' to go. I am blessed by every... day I have with her.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: J.R. and Stripey
J.R. (left) is a 10-year-old Persian who became part of our family this past April. He has already bonded with his new brother, Stripey (right), an 11-year-old tabby who joined our family four years ago. These boys are lively, sweet, healthy, and thriving. They are seasoned kitties who have character, which drew us to them instantly.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Haley
Haley was brought home to me at the tender age of about 8 weeks from someone with lots of acreage. He's 18 now and looks as healthy as a young 7 year old. Although he has no real serious ailments, he's on preventive medicine for hyperthyroidism. He's also got arthritis, particularly in his front legs, so he gets chondrointin for that. But boy, what a difference the steps beside my bed made for him! He's a sweet boy who loves people and I hope to have several more years with him!
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Gypsy
Our beautiful Gypsy is 14 years old. While volunteering for a free roaming cat shelter a couple years ago, I saw this extremely underweight older girl who was absolutely miserable. I was told that she most likely had cancer and nothing could be done. Thinking to give her some respite so she could die in peace without being surrounded by 40 other cats, I took her home and promptly weighed her -- the scale barely registered three pounds. I quickly figured out that she didn't have cancer but... rather had obviously never eaten dry food before (the only thing served at the shelter) and had no idea what it was. In other words, she was literally starving to death. Providing her with food she could eat restored her to health and happiness. She is still with us today, but now as a permanent resident, and weighs in a nine pounds (and often bounces around like a kitten!).
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Grizzly
She is 20 years young and has all her own teeth!!! We have had her since she was 5 weeks old, and every day has been a highlight with her. In her aging years she needs extra care but the joy she bought us is worth every single sacrifice we make now.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Toby
This is my old man Toby. He is 11 years old and in a house with 3 new cat friends from the SPCA and one old man sheltie, Toby still owns me. At close to 20 lbs he is much like his father who was a huge feral cat who swept my 6 month old rescue girl off her feet before I had a chance to get her spayed. Toby had a blood clot which left him partially paralyzed this spring but with TLC and lots of prayers he has gained most of his movement and all of his loving personality back.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Emerald
Emerald is 16 years old, and has been diabetic for seven years now. We treat her with a good high protein low carb diet, and twice daily injections. Caring for a diabetic cat is very overwhelming at first, but is something that is pretty easy once you get used to it, and completely worth it. She absolutely is the matriarch of our clan of six cats total.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Snowcone
We bought snowcone for my son's 10th birthday. We were just becoming pets owners and didn't know about others ways to get kitties. Snowcone when she small thought she was a dog - chasing objects and bringing them back to me.
Many years have gone by;when her friend peaches had to be put to sleep, she was never the same. Now she is content to sleep and eat and hiss at any kitty that comes near her. She is 16 this October (2006), and besides being very skinny, is in good health.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Chaos
Chaos is 10 years old. Her birthday was 2/10/1997. I got her when I myself was 10, and now have had her for half my life. She has been like a best friend to me. I named her Chaos Ze Cat, just Chaos for short. My father adopted her for me at a local pet store sponsored by the Humane Society. She was such a beautiful kitten. The only one with the beautiful blue/grey coat and frisky attitude. I decided to name her Chaos, because when we brought her home, she ended up having fleas, but it was too... late. Our entire house was infested. I was only 10, and had just learned what the word chaos meant, and thought the word named the whole situation perfect, so I named my new girl, Chaos.
She was so sweet and even nursed on a stuffed animal I had as a little girl. She has been my companion half my life, staying mainly by my side. She is extremely intelligent. Now she's very calm compared to how she was as a kitten, but she still does her tricks she learned at a baby, such as rolling over and fetching!
I even recently got a new kitten even though Chaos has always been the only cat in the household. She loves the kitten, but struggles to show who is dominant. (He is a whole other story!) Chaos loves to sleep by my side every night, and she still even nurses on that stuffed animal that she claimed as her own!
I am very lucky to have such a sweet cat to greet me when I come home and be my companion for so many years. I can only pray that she will continue to remain as strong and healthy as she has been her whole life, and maybe spend another 10 years by my side. She is like a daughter to me, so she is very well loved and adored. She loves having her picture taken and being told how beautiful she is. A bit vain, but has every right to be. She's becoming an old woman but is still very pretty and in great health, aside from being a little voluptuous!Continue to 26 of 32 below.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Puss
We have Puss since she was a baby, and she's now almost 16. She's extremely loving, very vocal, and the most unique and special cat that I've ever known. We lost her brother "Boots" about a year and 1/2 ago, and after a couple of weeks, she became very restless, going to the windows and looking out for hours at a time, and crying all night long...she missed her buddy.
So we adopted a couple of kittens, and immediately her restlessness stopped. They're now a year old, and she's slowly... getting along with them, with a growl or a hiss here and there when they mess with her, just to show 'em who's the Top Cat in the house...
Recently she's been diagnosed with Intestinal Lymphoma. Fortunately, we caught it very early on, she's responding well to treatment, and with luck, we may have her for another year or two.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Sasha
Sasha is a fifteen year old Calico/Tabby mix who recently moved with me and my fiance from Tucson, Arizona to Corpus Christi, Texas. She was great on the road (riding in her carrier in the moving truck) and enjoyed her motel stay in El Paso and temporary quarters at "grandma's" house in San Antonio.
Sasha loves her new house with lots of windows and plenty of sunshine. She is an indoor-only cat who enjoys watching the neighborhood outdoor cats from her window perches. Sasha has plenty of indoor... space to chase her "mice" and "bouncy balls" - she is very active and healthy. She likes to wake me up before dawn for breakfast. She now has a private closet for her litter box and a nice, big kitchen for her bowls (dry food, wet food, water, milk + kitty grass and treats).
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Miss Mattie
Miss Mattie is fifteen years old and has been with us fourteen and one half years of that time. She was a scrawny little starved thing when our daughter brought her to us. She has been the Queen of the house ever since and a joy to us. She puts me to bed every night and gets me up every morning. My little time clock.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Lil' Buddy
This is Lil' Buddy. All 25 pounds of him. Buddy just turned 10 this past April 20th. Buddy loves sleeping in the sunlight on the screened in porch and loves to play with Da'Bird. You would think that his favorite thing to do is eat but no, Buddy likes to go for walks in the neighborhood on his harness and go for rides in the car.
Buddy started out living on a tug boat and was even swimming in the Ohio River during the last flood we had in 1997. Buddy's owner moved out of town and left Buddy... with me since I would kitty sit Buddy when his other human had to leave town to work.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Baby Squirt
This is the most recent picture of my Baby Squirt who was 16 in March of 2007. Squirt has 3 brothers and 3 sisters that he shares our home with and his favorite things in life right now are sleeping in bed with Mommy or with his Daddy (my son). His favorite food is tuna and fresh baked salmon. His favorite toys are little furry mice that he can chew the tails off of (don't worry--we get the tails before he eats them).
Squirt was only about 4 weeks old when we got him and he was one of 3 identical... kitties. (I saw the other two so I do know that you could not tell them apart at all). Squirt still plays quite a bit but just takes more "cat naps" during the day. His arthritis does sometimes bother him but he seems to do o.k. except for jumping to something higher than the kitchen table.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Misica and Belka
These are two of my oldest cats, the calico one named Belka is 13 years old and tortoise with tabby stripes (if I am correct about her markings). Misica is also 13 years old. They are cousins and were born here in my house. While young they were outdoor cats, but after couple of incidents they are enjoying their life as strictly indoor cats. Belka prefers napping and occasionally comes to my lap to be petted; Misica likes to play with cat toys, preferably balls.
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Senior Cats Picture Gallery: Emerald
Emerald is 16 years old, and has been diabetic for seven years now. We treat her with a good high protein low carb diet, and twice daily injections. Caring for a diabetic cat is very overwhelming at first, but is something that is pretty easy once you get used to it, and completely worth it.
She absolutely is the matriarch of our clan of six cats total.