One of the biggest issues facing seniors in today’s generation is loneliness, especially as their friends and family members slowly pass away. One of the best ways to combat this loneliness is with a pet, but obviously, not all pets are good for seniors, depending on their demeanor, age, type, and other factors.
In fact, recent research has shown that pet ownership significantly benefits seniors, gives them meaning and happiness which in turn increases their health and prolong their life.
When a senior chooses a pet, there are a few things to consider so that both owners and pets are happy.
What To Consider When Choosing a Pet For Retirement.
If travelling is something important in your retirement then you need to ensure you have somebody – who will be able to take care of your pet in your absence. For example, if you have a dog, you want somebody who’ll give them enough walks or if you have fish someone who’ll come over and feed them.
Another thing to consider is the costs involved with bringing a pet into your home. Most seniors live on a fixed income so make sure you have the money to take care of them. This includes vet checkup, shots, and an extra fund if an emergency comes up – your pet needs surgery for example.
You also might consider getting an older pet who has grown out of their mischievous years. Puppies, kittens, rabbit kits, and little birds all need extra care and can be too energetic for even the fittest caretaker. Older pets are more suited for older people. Many shelters offer older pets for adoption since they aren’t as wanted as younger, cuter animals, but it might be just what you need.
Here Are Some Of The Pets You Might Consider:
Now you’ve considered the many possibilities there is still figuring out what exactly the best pet is for seniors. There are many options out there.
Small dogs like French bulldogs, terriers, pugs, cocker spaniels and corgis are great with people who can’t keep up with extremely active dogs. These breeds are great companions and have many of the traits necessary for a successful, happy life.
Cats also make great companions and are low key because you don’t need to walk them daily or give them a lot of attention. They don’t bark, make extra noise and they clean up after themselves. Some great breeds to consider are Persians, British Shorthair and Ragdoll.
Rabbits don’t bark and prefer to use a litter box which can reduce cleanup. Like cats, they can thrive indoors and don’t need a ton of exercise. Depending on their personality, they tend to like affection on their own terms.
Birds are another great alternative that doesn’t require a lot of work. Parakeets are a colourful option for people who enjoy a little music in their day. These miniature parrots are excellent fliers and are very delightful if you don’t mind them swooping all over your home.
When people think of companionship they don’t think about fish but setting up a small aquarium can bring joy into a senior’s life just as much as another pet. They are easy to maintain with the right filter and chemical balance. They are beautiful, colourful and their movements can be calming to watch.