If you are an older adult thinking about adopting a pet (or adding one to your household), be aware that there are some things to consider before bringing a pet home from a shelter or pet store. The greatest sort of pet to have is one that matches your lifestyle, requirements, and home setting, as well as one that you can physically care for.
Older adults who are wheelchair or bed-bound, or who have difficulties walking with or without walking assistance, may find caring for a dog, cat, or even a rabbit challenging. At the very least, they wouldn’t be able to do it without the assistance of others. This article will discuss some of the best pets for older adults.
These are lovely pets, but they do require some maintenance. They need to be walked, washed, and, of course, fed and loved. Some may require medical treatment, but one thing is certain: most dogs are extremely loving, loyal, and protective of their human parents.
Pros of adopting a dog:
- Physical activity: As long as you can walk safely with a dog, having to walk them will undoubtedly compel you to go out and about.
- Getting outside: Even if you are in a wheelchair, as long as you can manage the wheelchair outdoors, you can “walk” your dog, and the benefit is that you can move outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery.
- Socialization: Simply going outdoors with your dog will provide you with additional possibilities to meet and greet other dog owners. You could even join a local dog club.
- Companionship: Dogs are excellent companions since they are often amiable and energetic. This is fantastic for many older people, especially those who live alone.
Rabbits are nice and cuddly, they aren’t noisy, and certain breeds are small, making them an excellent elderly companion. Rabbits are low-maintenance pets that can be trained to use a litter box. They often survive for 8 to 12 years.
Cats are wonderful companions for the elderly. Cats require less care and have fewer medication difficulties than dogs. They’re dependable and content indoors. Bonding with a pet decreases blood pressure and cholesterol, allowing you to live healthier lives.
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