November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! When we think of bringing a new pet into our lives, we usually think of getting a new puppy or kitten. Kittens and puppies are cute and cuddly, but they also require a lot of time and attention. If you want a pet that’s a little less maintenance, consider adopting a senior cat or dog this month.
A senior pet is usually around 7-9 years old, while a geriatric pet is from 11 to 13 years old. Senior pets end up on shelters for a variety of reasons, including moves, lifestyle changes, and sadly, a lack of interest in caring for an older pet. Elderly pets are often neglected in shelters and go unnoticed. By adding a senior pet to your family, you might be saving a life.
Senior pets have plenty of love to give and are a worthwhile addition to any household. Read on for some of the major benefits of adding a senior pet to your family.
What You See Is What You Get
Senior pets are already established in their ways. Not only do senior pets usually have an established personality, but they are also often already house-trained, have their vaccinations, and understand basic commands. With a senior pet, there aren’t any mysteries about what your pet will be like or how they will behave.
Calm, Cool, and Collected
We all have busy lives, and sometimes the time requirements of caring for a new puppy or kitten are too much. If you need a pet that requires a little less maintenance, an older pet might be a better fit. Not only are older pets usually more well-behaved, calmer, and set in their routines, they require less training and clean-up while still being a snuggly furry friend.
Socialized and Family-Friendly
Animals that end up in shelters likely grew up around people, so they are used to being around and interacting with humans. They’ll settle into being a part of your family easily. And senior pets are grateful for the opportunity at a second chance – they will lavish you with plenty of love.
Save a Life
Because shelters are often overcrowded as it is, senior pets that go unadopted are sometimes euthanized. By adopting a senior cat or dog, you are giving them a new chance at life and love. You can make a huge difference in an animal’s life. Contact your local shelter today for more information about adopting a senior pet.