A week or two ago, my friend Cora adopted a fluffy calico cat she named Blanche. Perhaps a year old, Blanche joins Jiggy the pug and Derwood the gray-and-white American short-hair cat in the rent-stabilized studio that Cora has called home for decades.
Cora happens to be 66, and she is hardly alone–among humans as well as animals. In fact, a new survey commissioned by AARP has found that 40 percent of Americans 65 and older own a pet. Of those, 27 percent have a dog and 19 percent, a cat. (more…)