Figures from the charity show that, on average, older cats take around five times longer than kittens to be adopted.
And with kitten season now underway, this issue becomes even more prevalent, with older felines waiting on average six-and-a-half times longer to be homed than kittens.
However, the bad news is that owners still appear to choose a cute, fluffy kitten over an older cat.
Anna Saillet, Deputy Manager said: ““It is a shame because older cats have a lot to offer. They tend to stay closer to home so make great companions, their characters are fully formed so you know what sort of cat you’re getting and they’re less likely to scale the curtains or knock your ornaments off the shelf!”
“Though the Warrington Adoption Centre looks after all the cats in its care very well, life in a pen is no substitute for a permanent home so I would urge people to consider adopting an older cat.”
“We currently have several older cats awaiting their new homes, all of whom have been here longer than we would like. Alvin is a gorgeous ginger and white 12 year old who adores a fuss and will happily greet you in reception if you visit the centre. Turmeric and Saffron are hoping to find a home together as at 12 years old they would prefer not to be separated but they have now been in our care for over 120 days and huge numbers of kittens have been rehomed during that time. We would really love to find them a home where they can enjoy some comfort and warmth for their retirement”.
To offer a mature moggy a home, please call the Warrington Adoption Centre on 03000 120612 or visit the centre at 14 Elizabeth Drive, Padgate, Warrington. WA1 4JQ.