The 5 Cats That Always Get Left in Shelters

Posted on: 7 September 2017

Animal shelters all over the world are packed with cats needing new homes, so if you're looking for a new furry companion, cat adoption makes a lot of sense compared to buying from a breeder.

Certain types of cats, in particular, have a difficult time finding a new home, leaving them stuck in shelters for long periods of time. It's a sad life for these animals, who are often friendly, loving cats that just need someone to take a chance and care for them. If you're thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home one of these kitties and save them from a life in the shelter.

The black cat

Some people think it's because of old superstitions and an association with bad luck. Others have suggested it's simply because they blend into the background more than their more colourful cousins. Whatever the reason, it's a sad fact that black cats are frequently the last ones left in the shelter. It's not just all-black cats, either. Black and white cats are also often left behind.

The special needs cat

There are cats in shelters who, due to an illness or a disability, need a little bit more care and attention than others. It's easy to understand why people are reluctant to make a commitment to their care, but it's often not as much hard work as you might think. If there's a cat like this in your local shelter, talk to the staff and find out exactly what's involved in their care, as it can be very rewarding.

The elderly cat

People always notice the kittens, but the older a cat gets, the lower their chances of adoption. However, there are lots of benefits to taking home an older cat, particularly if you like your home peaceful and quiet. They typically spend more time relaxing and less time causing trouble than the younger ones.

The feral cat

Feral cats are either extremely timid or aggressive, but they can often be brought round with a bit of patience and the right tactics. It's not the easiest job but if you think you're up to it, adopting a feral cat can be a great experience.

The mystery

Sometimes, for no apparent reason at all, there are cats that just keep getting overlooked. They don't fit into any of the categories above, and yet time after time they're left in the shelter. If there's one like this, you'd be doing the cat a huge favour by choosing it as your new companion, saving it from growing old without a real home.