Pets for Seniors Can Be The Best Thing We Do

Pets for seniors, are they a good idea or do they bring more problems and hassles then they are worth.

That is an individual question, but as for me and my wife as we begin this walk through our Golden years, we both agree on one thing: they are part of the family.

Types of Pets

Not only do they become part of your family, they can and do become your best friends.

Here are some of the most popular pets for seniors

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Fish
  • Birds

We absolutely love dogs and have had dogs since we were married 41 years ago.

In fact, my wife brought her two Chihuahua’s with her as part of the marriage.

One on the little guys loved me immediately, and the other one, dead now for about 35 years, probably still does not like me.

Pets for Seniors

Pets for seniors are going to be a decision only you can make, but at our age, they can become very good friends.

Our kids all all grown and gone and while we may be fortunate to see our grandchildren every weekend, there is still a lot of “empty” time for us.

However, a pet of some kind can change all of that. As much as we love dogs, we have several close friends that are the complete opposite; they love cats.

There are pros and cons to both dogs and cats, but there are very few arguments for fish or birds.

Here is what pets can bring into your home

  • Undivided loyalty and friendship
  • A sense of ownership especially if your spouse is no longer with you
  • Comfort and a sense of security just knowing that they are there
  • They will never condemn you or argue with you
  • They want to be with you more then you will ever know
  • They are very easy to talk to

Cats for seniors, for a lot of us as we age, are much better option than a dog.

Older Couple On The Beach With Their DogOlder Couple On The Beach With Their Dog

Why?

Just as a cat owner and they can explain it in one simple word: upkeep.

Cats are much easier to maintain and keep then dogs and this is the major reason why many of us in our senior years choose cats, especially women.

They do not require anywhere near the care, the training, nor the exercise that dogs will need.

You also do not have to worry about them zeroing in on cat while on a walk or somewhere in your yard, and then chasing after them at full speed.

If there is another cat in your yard they will do one of two things; totally ignore it or pick a fight.

But they will not chase it, and you do not need to worry about them running off.

More Benefits of Cats for Seniors

There are also other benefits of owning a cat:

  • They are very content to stay indoors
  • They only require about 30 minutes of playtime each day
  • They are content to play by them self’s with numerous different toys
  • You do not have to let them out to use the restroom
  • They love to cuddle and sleep with you

Dogs on the other hand do require a lot for care and attention.

However, if you are a dog owner, there is no way you would pick a cat over a dog as your selection-period.

Dogs for Seniors

Here are some of the benefits of owning a dog in our senior years

  • Protection—even smaller dogs can warn you of danger
  • Safety—other than smaller breeds, dogs offer us a lot of security in just knowing they are there 
  • Exercise—walking your dog is a great way to get some exercise
  • Meeting new people—dog parks, walking, and dog shows are all great ways to meet new people

It never fails, and if you are a dog owner, you will know what I mean about never fails.

When you walk your dog you will always see one of your neighbors you may have never met and because of your dog, they will stop and talk to you.

However, there instinct was not you, it was to say hello to your dog and ask you some questions about them. What breed, how old, your dog’s name, etc.

You will also have people in your same age group during nice weather sitting on their porches and wave and what to see your dog.

And then you have the fun of taking them to the pet store or bark-park.

There everyone wants to talk and pet your best friend, and because of this, they make great pets for seniors.

Fish and Birds as Pets

Fish also make good pets for seniors but for a completely different reasons; stress.

There is something about watching them swim that naturally relaxes you and puts you at ease.

They are also much easier and cheaper to care for than a cat or dog, and they are always very quiet. For some older seniors, this is very important.

They also come in some stunning colors and very unique shapes that you can enjoy watching for hours on end.

And finally, they will not have any type of anxiety episode when you leave.

In fact, they could care less, as long as they have food and fresh water.

Last on the list as pets is birds, and there are two that are very popular, especially for seniors in nursing homes; Canaries and Parakeets.

Parakeets are not only very colorful and have large personalities; they love to interact with humans.

However, unlike a Parrot, they do not make the annoying loud and screaming sounds.

Canaries are popular the world over with seniors for two reasons; they naturally make you feel serene and calm.

They are also very easy to care for and you do not have to interact with them to enjoy them.

Pets for seniors will be a personal choice and will also depend on your age and activity level.

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