Well, after several more visits to the shelter I think I've found the kitty I want to bring home.
He is the cat I mentioned in an earlier post, an old man who is pretty thin but is very sweet. On my subsequent visits he always came up to me and stood (never sat haha) in my lap and let me pet him. I wasn't considering him at first, but I started to think he might be a good choice because he was extremely laid back and even-tempered, and I just felt so bad seeing him so thin and wasted. I realized I didn't want a super young cat since I just wanted a lap companion and a lazy bum :3
My only reservations are surrounding his age. His collar said he was 9 1/2 years, but when I finally got some more info on his health from a tech, they said he was more like 10-12 years. He has been at the shelter since 2008...he was adopted once and the owner died, then was adopted again and returned because "he got sick" (seems like he was neglected) and was returned in his current wasted and sickly condition. The tech had the vet do an exam on him and I was informed today that the vet will call me with the results of his blood test and exam on Monday so I can discuss his health, etc., but according to the tech he is able to be adopted.
It's not so much the fact that he's got a high age number, I'm more worried about getting him and then having to deal with a lot of health problems in just a few years or chronic conditions, etc. The shelter is offering me a permanent foster program, meaning they will pay for his vet care as long as I live in the area, but if I move in a year or two I will be on my own with the finances. I'm 23 and while I have a good job now, I am planning on going back to school soon so my budget will be tight (though I plan on saving some money now for his care in the future)
How much does the upkeep of a senior cat cost? How old can cats really get and be healthy, especially ones from the shelter with rough backgrounds (like I said, he was possibly neglected) Has anyone else adopted a cat in this age range and how did it work out? He is definitely a sweet cat...sweet enough to be adopted twice and he clearly just wants some love and attention. It would make me feel good to put him on a good diet and give him a quiet place to himself out of the stressful shelter and all of the other sick cats there.
Anyway, any info would be great! I attached a pic of him too... he looks angry but he was purring and let me scratch him through the bars. :3 He also looks to my eye like he might have some Maine Coon in him...the shape of the head looks like that anyway....his fur is pretty short though.