National Adopt A Senior Pet Month: What You Need To Know About Adopting A Senior Pet (And Why It'S A Great Idea)
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Older dogs and cats can be a great fit for a variety of owners. They might require a little extra care and attention. However, they can be as companionable and affectionate as a younger pet. If you are thinking about adopting a senior dog or cat, here’s everything you need to know. Senior pets have gained a lot of experiences over the years. This experience and knowledge often makes for sweet, real companions. Older animals are often easier to adopt from shelters. This was especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many shelters and rescues offer discounted or waived fees for senior animals. There are many benefits, but there are also several challenges that come with owning a senior pet. Because senior pets often face more medical issues than younger animals, veterinary bills can add up quicker rather than later. Consider asking about the medical history of the animal you want to adopt. (max_bytes(150000):strip_icc()/IMG_2251-a7745c8299d747ac94cdb09da953a46b. jpg) Senior pets can be considered low maintenance and easier to care for than dogs and other cats. It is important to give your senior pet daily exercise and keep them on a healthy diet so they stay within an appropriate weight range for their size.
You can exercise your pet by going on walks, playing with toys, or going to the dog park. There isn't one type of senior pet owner or ideal home environment for a senior cat. Like most animals, a good fit will depend on the animal and its owner. Talk to the shelter or rescue about how your home environment might affect a senior animal. Sometimes, being around younger animals can even be good for the senior pet, says Horowitz. . . .