Senior Cats for Senior Laps

Senior Cats for Senior Laps is a program focusing on the senior cats (age 8+) in our rescue. We match these wonderful senior cats with caring and loving senior foster homes to benefit both cat and person.

Cats are wonderful companions for people of all ages, but can be especially beneficial to seniors. Many studies have been done showing that cat companionship can help:

  • Reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels and increasing serotonin levels
  • Reduce resting heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol values
  • Decrease risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Reduce depression and diminish loneliness
  • Increase social activity and mental health
  • Boost nervous and immune systems, resulting in faster recovery from illness, injury, and grief

 
Senior cats are often overlooked in rescue due to their advanced age and/or health issues, but are often the most appreciative to be in a loving home. A senior cat has already gone through their rambunctious kitten phase, and though many are still playful, others want nothing more than a warm lap and constant companion. In addition to providing these deserving senior cats with the quieter foster home they desire–our regular foster homes often have multiple cats, dogs, and/or children–matching senior cats with senior foster homes frees up space in our regular foster homes so we can save additional at-risk cats.
 

What Stray Haven Provides

Stray Haven provides the food, litter, and other necessary supplies for caring for the senior cats. We also cover all approved vet care and medication, as well as provides transportation to and from vet appointments and meet-and-greets as needed. Foster cats will remain on our website and networked in order to find their forever homes.
 

What the Senior Foster Provides

The senior foster agrees to provide the cat with a loving and safe home environment, with regular feeding, litter scooping, and medications as needed.

 

Eligible Cats

Available seniors cat be found here.

 

Ready to sign up?

If you would like to become a foster for one of our senior cats, please fill out the application here. Completed applications can be emailed to info@strayhavenrescue.org.

 

Have Questions?  

Check here for our FAQ. If you have any other questions about this program, please send an email to info@strayhavenrescue.org.

 

Senior Cats for Senior Laps alum Philomena.  Above: when she first came to Stray Haven, weighing 5 pounds and in need of a feeding tube and radioactive iodine treatment. Below: in her forever foster home weighing in at a healthy 12 1/2 pounds.
Senior Cats for Senior Laps alum Philomena.
Top: When she first came to Stray Haven, weighing 5 pounds and in need of a feeding tube and radioactive iodine treatment.
Bottom: In her forever foster home weighing in at a healthy 12 1/2 pounds.

 

 

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