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Don’t call me grandma! The perks of adopting a senior cat.

A kitty’s adorableness may be too much to ignore, but there are plenty of reasons to give a senior cat a new forever home.

Say Hello to Mr. (or Mrs.) Predictable.

With cats ages seven and up, what you see is what you get. They’ve learned their life lessons and are generally set in their everyday ways. From appetite for food to appetite for attention, these little bundles of consistency just need consistent love.

Very cool cats, indeed.

Senior cats are calmer. They’ve survived the teenage years and unbridled bouts of curiosity. They still enjoy the occasional play session, but they’re a lot less likely to liberate the stuffing from your living room couch. And speaking of couches, these cats enjoy naps and often will curl up right on your lap.

Easy does it.

Cats may have a reputation for being high maintenance, but seniors are hardly a handful. For starters, they’re usually housetrained (don’t forget the Cat’s Pride), and often already spayed or neutered. Seniors require fewer vaccinations than younger cats. And if you’re worried that “senior” means “old” consider that many cats live to age 20 and beyond, so an 11-to 14-year-old senior could be right up your alley.

Senior cats are among the hardest for shelters to match with a furever home. By adopting a new friend, you just might be saving a life.