A 17-year-old cat is looking for a forever family after being left in a boarding cattery for four months.

Isaac Newton, a ginger and white coloured moggie, has been placed in the care of the team from RSPCA Wirral and Chester Animal Centre after he was placed into a boarding cattery by his original owners who never returned for him.

Isaac stayed for four months at the cattery but his owners were never found and he came into the car of the RSPCA last week.

The average lifespan for a cat is around 14 years but many can live well into their 20s.

RSPCA teams are now urging readers to adopt older cats as it can take twice as long to rehome them than a moggie under three-years-old.

Cat welfare expert Sam Watson said: "Sometimes, when people think of getting a cat they imagine the cute and playful kitten but the reality is often quite different and looking after a kitten can be very hard work.

“We would encourage anyone looking to adopt a cat to consider rehoming an older model who really needs a second chance.

"Many older cats can make wonderful, playful and loving companions, but are usually less intense than kittens.

"These seniors can sometimes need a little more care, medicine and could require a special diet but they will make such rewarding companions.

“It is heartbreaking to see an older animal spend their twilight years in a cattery.

"Plenty of pets are young at heart and every animal is an individual so one of these oldies could be the perfect addition to your home.”

Isaac is now having his fur de-matted as staff believe he had stopped grooming himself because he became depressed at the cattery so he is receiving some TLC.

He may be able to live with another cat, and a friendly dog and could also live with children of primary school age.

He will probably spend more time indoors.

To adopt Isaac please call the RSPCA Wirral and Chester Animal Centre on 0151 638 6318.