November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month — a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes. Have you ever wondered if perhaps a pet might be just the thing your senior still living in her home might need to curb loneliness and provide stimulation? While adopting any pet at any time in life is a serious responsibility, you might be motivated by National Adopt a Senior Pet Month to look for a “new” pet for your parent. Before you begin the search, make sure you have a good conversation with your older parent as well as any other caregivers in your parent’s life, including her elder care service if she is using one. If you haven’t enlisted the help of an elder care provider in your parent’s life at this point, and you find the desire to adopt a senior pet is strong, having an elder care provider partnered with your aging parent might be just the right fit.
It seems logical to say the first step you’ll need to take is talking to your aging parent to see if she evens wants to consider adopting a senior pet. Since the majority of people like to adopt puppies/kittens and younger animals, many senior pets spend weeks, months and even years waiting to be adopted. They are skipped over for younger pets and sometimes live out the rest of their days in shelters. But it could be that your aging parent feels overwhelmed with the thought of adopting a rambunctious new kitten or puppy that may live for 20 years. A senior pet might be the perfect fit for your parent’s current life stage. If your parent decides she’d like to think about adopting a senior pet, there are many good reasons to take that step.
- Senior Pets are usually calmer.
Puppies and kittens can have endless energy and get in more trouble than seems possible. A senior pet is often content with naps, snuggles and slow walks down the boulevard.
- Senior Pets are better trained.
Most senior pets will come to their new owner fully housetrained and able to follow basic commands. If you don’t change their name, they’ll respond right away to your voice and are less likely to go looking for trouble.
- Senior Pets are already full-size.
When adopting a younger pet, you can often end up surprised at how large they get. And a larger pet will require more food, more energy and more clean up that perhaps your senior parent is not able to perform.
Of course, senior pets often come with more health complications as well. This will be something you’ll also want to discuss as you determine if it a new senior pet is right for your parent. These sweet pets may need medications or special food or even special treatment like shots. An elder care provider can help with those things if they seem like a stumbling block for your parent. It could be that adopting a senior pet will be beneficial to both your parent and the pet. They might find each other to be the perfect companion!
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Apple Valley, MN please contact the caring staff at Billie’s Choice, LLC today at (952) 653-1899.