Cats for Seniors Can Be Very Relaxing 

Cats for seniors make great companions, for several different reasons.

One of the major reasons is their purr and its link to what it can do for you in these Golden years we are entering and enjoying.

However, while there is always a debate that dogs are better than cats for seniors, here are some very interesting numbers to think about.

Cats for Seniors

Are there more dogs than cats in the United States?

The answer to this question may surprise you as the answer is no, there are actually more cats than dogs in the U. S. according to the Human Society.

There are an estimated 86.4 million cats and 78.2 million dogs.

However, there are more dog owners than cat owners, but cat owners generally will have more than one feline as their choice of a pet.

However, it also goes on to point out that sadly, of all of the cats owned, only 21% of them are adopted.  If you

are seriously conserving a feline or adding one as you age, please go visit a shelter first.

It will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever undertake.

Their Benefits

Cats for seniors can have a huge impact on you lifestyle, your health, your mind set, and well as your feeling of security and ownership.

Here are some of the benefits and advantages that a feline can help you with as you age

  • Their purr and its vibrations can be extremely soothing
  • They are not attention seekers like dogs
  • They keep to themselves
  • They are “neat freaks
  • They are natural hunters for any kind of rodent

When making the decision, these are some of the advantages that cats for seniors can bring.

In fact, Dr. T.F. Cook, Veterinarian, wrote in a recent article that a cat purring and the vibrations that it produces can do several things to your body-all of them good.

This purring can help spur bone growth and regeneration, which can help bones heal as well as strengthen.

It is also believed that these high frequency sounds help your body produce anti-inflammatory agents.

These agents can easily help you reduce both joint pains as well as helps several different muscles and tendons, making them a very good choice as a pet.

 However, his major contention is that it can also help with dyspnea, a shortness of breath, as well as other similar respiratory issues.

In selecting a feline, you will find very quickly, unless you are already an owner that they like to keep to themselves and do not try to seek your attention.

They welcome it and love to cuddle, but they do not keep bugging you to pet them like a dog.

If you like to keep things nice and tidy, they are your best friend as they are “neat freaks” themselves.

Because of this, you do not need to bathe them on a regular basis as they are constantly doing it themselves.

If you live anywhere near open fields and have any kind of rodent issue, they are your first line of defense, as they will take care of any issues you have.

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Cat Breeds for Seniors

So what is the best breed of cats for seniors? Here are some breeds as food for thought.

  • Birman
  • Ragdoll
  • Russian Blue
  • Moggy
  • British Short-hair
  • Persian

This list starts with Birman, which is moderate to average in activity, but does have a long coat, which could be an issue.

However, this breed is extremely intelligent and is very gentle.

They are world renown for bonding with their owners, both male a female.

They like to play, but because they are moderate in activity, they do not take it too far.

Next on this list of cats for seniors is the Ragdoll breed and they also are known for having a moderate activity level, as well as a long hair coat.

This breed is often referred to as “the helper breed” as they love to follow you around and try to help you with whatever you are doing.

If you are older and not real active yourself, this is a great choice for a companion.  

The Russian Blue breed has a short hair coat and is considered to be one level below moderate and thus classified as quiet.

Because of this, this makes them one of the most popular of the cats for seniors.

They may be quiet, but they are extremely loving and loyal and welcome your attention and companionship.

If you have grandchildren around a lot, this is a very good choice as they are great with kids.

However, what also makes them so popular is that they are great with other pets.

The Moggy breed may not be as well known, but they also make great pets. In fact, as far as cats for seniors, an older Moggy is a great choice.

If you are interested in adopting a cat, an older breed like this is perfect.

They will be very quiet and relaxed, and love to cuddle.

A British Short hair is also considered moderate in activity, and also is known as the “Teddy Bear” of the feline family.

They are very lovable and like to cuddle, but they also are a bit more independent in nature.

The last of the breeds is the Persian, and they are one of most quiet breeds around. They bond very well with people and are very affectionate.

They also get along very well with children and other pets.

However, if your grandchildren are loud, they will walk away and ignore them,

While this list is certainly not all inclusive, hopefully it shares some ideas if you are considering a cat as you are getting older and better.

References

The National Humane Society

http://www.humanesociety.org/

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