Cat lovers agree that felines are wonderful, elegant creatures. Kurin is a 10-year-old female domestic shorthair/mix dilute tortie cat and she is waiting to be adopted. This beautiful senior girl also has delicately soft fur and the regal look of a lioness. November is 'National Adopt a Senior Pet Awareness' month, and we're hoping that Kurin will soon find her forever home. She is located at the Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, Illinois.

Facts about tortoiseshell cats

Contrary to popular belief, tortoiseshell cats are not a specific breed: they are actually named after their distinct multicolor fur. Like Kurin, some are dilute tortoiseshell cats with less intense coloring due to genetics. Did you know that it is considered good luck when a male tortoiseshell cat enters a home in Scotland and Ireland? In the US, they're referred to as “money cats.”

Tortoiseshell cats are pretty special.

This type is found in a number of breeds, including American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Ragamuffin, Persian, Cornish Rex, and MaineCoon cats. They can be divas and are quite independent. Also, almost all tortoiseshell cats are female! About 1 in 3,000 are male, which makes them very rare.

Kurin's personality

Kurin is a gentle, laid-back girl who enjoys giving and receiving love. She also likes to be held, as well as head and neck rub.

According to the Anderson Animal Shelter, "Kurin is quiet and doesn't demand your attention, though always welcomes it as soon as you open up her condo door."

However, there are a number of problems that you could encounter after adopting a senior cat. As they get older, they can end up being less energetic than younger cats and kittens. Instead of running around and playing, older cats prefer to look through the windows, sleep and relax.

Another thing to consider is the fact that health conditions may manifest as they get older. Sadly, depending on her age when you adopt, you may not have many more years with her. Therefore, it is important to give her a happy, healthy life, with lots of quality time, enjoying every moment.

The ideal home and owner

Kurin would make a great companion for people of all ages. Are you a busy, single professional living alone in a small apartment?

Perhaps you are a family with children living in a house in the suburbs. Either way, Kurin might be the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a furry companion to play with or have children who are very energetic, you may find a senior cat unexciting.

Kurin could also be a great match if you are a senior citizen. Studies show that Pets can help seniors overcome loneliness and depression by offering affection and a sense of purpose.

She can provide you with companionship and mental stimulation. It's important to note that older cats like Kurin will be happy in a home that provides a variety of cozy, well-padded beds in safe, warm places that are easy for her to reach.

How to adopt her

With all things under consideration, it's quite easy to fall in love with this regal lady. With the right home and environment, she can be the perfect addition to your family.

If you would like to adopt her, you can contact the Anderson Animal Shelter at 1-847-697-2880. Please be advised that there is a $50 adoption fee. Adoption fees help cover a small portion of the cost of care at the shelter and include a shelter ID tag, spay/neuter, a 30-day 24 Pet Watch trial of insurance, current vaccinations, microchip ID and deworming. It's a small fee since the estimated value of these services is more than $500!

Can you give this loving senior girl a forever-and-ever home?

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