Monday, 18 April 2016

Older Pets

Yes, it's me, Carlton The Special One

For the duration of the A to Z Challenge, Carlton Cat will be taking over this blog. He's a little bit of a maverick moggie with strong views

Older Pets

I AM sad to report that it is getting more obvious every day that Mr and Mrs are getting past it. They are galloping full pelt towards senility, which is worrying. For me.

The first thing I noticed was that the hearing was going. They both ignored me as I meowed, and meowed, and meowed, and meowed, and meowed, and meowed while they were eating their prawn salad. Would it have killed them to have thrown one or two in my direction? Not only deaf - but, I hate to say it - tending on the cruel side.

Now the eyesight is becoming a problem. Yesterday Mr picked me up - as I allow him to from time to time - UPSIDE DOWN. The indignity. My arse was in his face and my head was on that huge round thing he calls a stomach. Then he dropped me. Good job I have the reflexes of a well-honed athlete or there could have been a nasty accident.

I am now afraid to sleep on their face when they are in bed as they might stop breathing altogether. It's a worry. 

Then the other night Mr flexed his hands, winced, and said he was afraid Arthur Itis was coming. Mrs looked worried and said, "It's a sign of old age." Who is this Arthur Itis? Is he coming to take Mr away to The Home For The Terminally Bewildered?

I know I complain about the pair of them occasionally but I wouldn't be without them. I have got used to their funny little ways and I have spent years training them. I wouldn't want to start again with another couple. 

Older pets have their advantages. For those of you who are unsure about adopting an older person, here is some information from Cats ProtectionThey seem to have mistakenly used the word "cat" instead of "person" and included other little typos like saying "litter box" instead of toilet so I have corrected these for you too. You're welcome.

The Adult Advantage
  • An adult person's personality has already developed, so you'll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • An adult person  may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night). In particular, senior people are often already house trained and are less likely to "forget" where the toilet is.
  • An adult person won't grow any larger - well, as long as it doesn't eat too much! - so you'll know exactly how much person you're getting.
  • Adult people are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger people, who may get into mischief because they're bored. Adult people also make great napping partners!
  • Adult people have often already been taught that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
  • Adult people are harder to find homes for, and generally the older the person, the harder it is to rehome. When you adopt a senior person, you're truly saving a life.

The Mrs also has a blog in the A to Z Challenge. It's called Around My Kitchen Table. Don't worry, it's not about cooking. Cooking isn't her strength. She could burn water.

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  1. Being an Older Adult myself, you're scaring me!!!

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  2. Oh, that's brilliant. You are so charitable, Carlton.
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Blessings to you and yours, my dear.

  3. Good of you to look after them so.

  4. I'm so glad you take care of Mr. & Mrs. Carlton.

  5. You speak the truth, Carlton. XO

  6. As an "old person", I loved this post Carlton, it was your best and funniest yet! It's kind of amazing how well it worked to turn that list around and it worked just as well for old people as it might for adopting older cats! I always knew we had a lot in common anyway, that's how family is! :-)
    from Josie's Journal

  7. I thought I commented here but Arthur ritis has also visited our home


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