There's a place in the UK to which the letters OAP are of utmost importance. The acronym, which to them stands for Old Age Pussycats, is their clientele. This charity, called The Lincolnshire Trust for Cats, believes itself to be the only kitty retirement home in the world.
The cozy home has everything to please finicky felines in their twilight years. The features include seven acres of land, heated beds, sofas, a fireplace aflame, and a southerly facing orientation, allowing for "a lot of sunbathing options," according to a staff member.
Some resident cats' owners have passed on, others have moved. The founder Jain Hills says,
"I know of some charities that have a few elderly cats, but they are not doing it on the scale we are. For cats to come to us, people have either got to make a provision in their will, or people come to look round. I don't think anywhere else does it because people come all the way from London with the cats to come here."
An initial payment of £850 ($1,307.45 US) is necessary for a cat to relocate to the facility, which is located near the village of Osgodby, in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. After the first payment, the trust covers the cost of living and veterinary care (including necessary surgeries) for the cats. Staff members are present night and day to care for the animals. Now that's even better than a giant cardboard box! Aging humans should have it that good!