Say hello to Grandma Moses! Reader Jacqui says that Grandma Moses is all of 18 years old; Jacqui writes that “we adopted her from the SF SPCA when she was 16! She was/is in early stage kidney failure, so they gave us some free vet care and discounted/free supplies to help us take care of her. She is beautiful and perfect and occasionally she yells, usually when she wants fresh water.”
What a darling! Adopting elderly animals is a really sweet and caring choice; everyone wants an itsy bitsy teeny tiny perfect precious baby animal, right? Nope! Sometimes an older animal will fit into your life better than a brand-new kitten—you don’t have to baby-proof your house before adopting an older cat who just wants to hang out. I knew a girl who adopted an old pug, and although he was smelly and cranky and needed several medications—thanks, breeders!—he was her little pal and they both loved each other very much. An older animal may be your new best friend, too; consider it.