As you approach retirement, getting a pet might be quite advantageous. Aging adults who bond with dogs report fewer strokes, lower cholesterol levels, and better general mobility and health, which all contribute to reducing their risk of depression and other health issues. Despite all these benefits, getting a pet for retirement as an older adult is a big commitment and not something you should do lightly.
Many individuals consider their cherished animals to be indispensable members of the family. And although having a pet may be rewarding, it comes with a lot of responsibilities. If you, for example, have mobility or health concerns, it could even be outright difficult. Before adopting a pet in your senior years, consider the following:
Your Physical Abilities
Animals require exercise just like people do. A dog could need to go on multiple walks every day, whereas a cat might need to play every evening. There is a need to walk pets in all types of weather, including cold, heat, rain, and snow. Take into account the physical needs of your pets as well. Can you bend down to pick up pet excrement or clean up a litter box? Can you manage a big, powerful dog on a leash? A pet may be a tripping risk if you have stability issues. You could also get knocked over by a hyperactive animal. Falling and breaking bones might result from this.
What Kind of Pet Would Best Suit Your Way of Life?
You must choose the type of pet that will match your lifestyle the best before doing anything else. You risk making a snap decision if you skip this step and select a pet solely on how adorable it is. Consider carefully how active you are. Can you confidently and on your own, walk? A dog is usually not the best option if not.
Have you given thought to the fur and dander that animals shed? If so, do you have a vacuum with a HEPA filter that can capture these pathogens? Extra mess is inevitable whether you get a dog or a cat. Considering that, are you ready?
Which kind of cat would you choose if you were looking at them: an independent feline or one that requires regular attention and interaction? Do your homework before making a decision. Unless you are comfortable with the degree of maintenance necessary, you should stop your quest at this point.
How Much Time and Money a Pet Requires
Pets need ongoing care for a very long time. Dogs typically live between 10 and 15 years, indoor cats around 14 years, and outdoor cats roughly seven years. Make sure you are psychologically capable of caring for an animal in addition to being physically competent to satisfy their demands. You’ll have to bear in mind to buy their food, feed them, groom them, administer their medications, and schedule regular veterinary checkups. Costly pets are another. The typical pet owner spends $500 to $1,600 a year on their animals.
Have You Selected a Veterinarian Yet?
You’ll need to establish a connection with a local vet to support you on your new adventure whether you choose to adopt a dog or a cat. Start by seeking advice from your friends and relatives. You may discover a ton of recommendations, reviews, and comments online.
Your Health Conditions
Some people may experience allergic responses to pet saliva, fur, or urine. Even while some breeds of dogs and cats are considered “hypoallergenic,” meaning they sweat less than other breeds, allergies to these animals are still possible. There is no true hypoallergenic breed of dog or cat. If you have asthma or other allergies, your likelihood of being allergic to animals increases. In fact, pet allergies can actually cause asthma in certain individuals. Inhaling allergens from animals can exacerbate the respiratory symptoms of this kind of asthma. Three out of ten persons who suffer from allergies also have dog or cat allergies.
Your life can be filled with great delight if you adopt a pet. Moving into a pet-friendly retirement community might also be a fantastic choice for you if you’re looking to reduce your stress levels. Contact us right away to find out more about our floor plans and other information about our retirement community.