It’s an all to familiar sight, an elderly person passes away or is sent to a residential care facility and no one is willing to take on the responsibility of caring for their cat. In the case of senior cats it’s not an ideal situation to have them enter the shelter system, but what if there was an alternative that, with a little planning could give someones beloved cat a place to retire?
If you live in the UK the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats provides just that, an ideal place for kitty to retire and live out the rest of their lives with all the love, comfort and care they will need.
“The retirement home is set in seven acres and is south-facing, which gives the residents lots of opportunity to sunbathe. The accommodation comprises, three centrally heated sitting rooms, enclosed outdoor areas…and several insulated houses for the less social cat.The cats are fed a top quality food and individual diets are catered for.“
The Trust is connected to a feline rescue which houses 400 cats 80 of which are in the special “Retirement” facility. Cats have round the clock care and founder Jain Hills tells the BBC News that she believes the retirement home is “unique” in the fact that no other charities seem to be doing it on the scale that they are. Besides providing a home for your cat it gives owners something that is priceless – piece of mind.
There is a one time booking fee of eight hundred and fifty pounds, and the Trust then will take on any and all future costs for treatment/surgery that the cat may need. Since they are a charity they rely solely on monetary donations or money raised through their charity shop, in order to keep providing this amazing service.
Hopefully most of us won’t have to think about a retirement plan for our cats, but if we do it’s good to know that places like this exist and that our feline family members have the option of living out their golden years having their every whim catered to.
Looking for more info on retirement placements for your cat?
The Zimmer Feline Foundation provides tips on estate planning and helping choose the right place for your cat and, If you live in the US or Canada The Sunshine Home offers both temporary and permanent long-term care to clients from all over North America, while F.A.T. Cat Haven located in California offers both a retirement home and adoption center for cats.