A great deal of comfort can be
found by having a pet and loneliness can be greatly eased.
An older person will do well with an older cat, so long as it has no
difficult habits. All cat welfare organisations will have a number of older
cats for rehoming, and can offer cats to fit well into a peaceful domestic
Although the daily routine will have already been established, it's
important to make sure when the cat is let out in the evening, this is done
so early, so an elderly person is no required to hunt round the garden with
a torch in the dark.
Often cats will sleep in many places, but if you provide a suitable basket,
this will normally become the preferred spot. The basket should be in a
quiet, draught-free place where it does not cause a hazard during any night
time walkabouts; and the cat should be discouraged from sleeping in
potentially dangerous spots, such as the stairs or behind a door. Other than
that, just make sure there is plenty of food and other supplies to protect
against shopping problems arising from illness or bad weather; an emergency
telephone number and someone who can be relied upon if there is a problem.
Most elderly people worry about what will happen to their cat if they get
ill, have an accident, or even worse die. The worry can be avoided by making
arrangements for looking after the cat in an emergency, as soon as the cat
is first acquired. There is usually a reliably friend, neighbour or relative
who will be able to help. Of course, it is no good making arrangements
unless they come to the immediate notice of the hospital staff, and this can
be achieved by carrying a personal emergency card giving details of the
Make sure other people are made aware of the arrangements, which can be done
by filing in a larger emergency card and displaying it in the home.
The larger card covers the problem of what happens to the cat should the
owner die. The task of dealing with temporal events which follow death is
eased considerably if proper instructions are provided. There are various
ways in which provision can be made for a cat to be cared for in event of
the death of it's owner.
Normally an agreement is reached with a son, daughter or other friend or
relative. This sort of arrangement normally works well, but do not give to
anyone lacking a sense of responsibility. It is also best to set out
arrangements in your will and to establish that the person concerned is the
new owner of the cat. If there are little friends or relatives, arrangements
can be made to leave money to another person, as long as they give a home to
the cat for the rest of it's life; a solicitor should be consulted to ensure
this is all done correctly.
Another alternative is to make an arrangement with an animal welfare
organisation, to take care of the cat or rehome it, in a suitable
environment. The animal welfare organisation will become responsible for the
cat or cats owned by that person at the time of death. This has the
advantage that a charitable organisation is not subject to change in family
circumstances or other problems, and will do its best to meet the owners