Yes, everyone loves puppies and kittens. Despite their playful natures, raising baby animals doesn’t come without its own challenges. They need to be housebroken, taught manners, and they have loads more energy than most of us can handle – even after a good night’s rest. With that being said, waiting in the wings of every animal shelter are sweet senior dogs and cats who are in need of forever homes and loving human companions.
5 Reasons to Choose a Senior Pet
1. They're a Good Fit for Just About Any Family
The high energy of a puppy or kitten doesn’t always mix well in a household with babies, young children, or other animals. Senior pets have a calmer nature, and they’re also usually much better trained. Less excitable and already aware of what kind of behavior is expected of them, senior pets will fit in well with any kind of family.
2. You'll Be a Hero
Older cats and dogs are often overlooked in animal shelters. When you choose to adopt a senior pet, you rescue them from a lonely fate. Plus, you get the opportunity to make your new pet’s golden years extra special, comfortable, and full of love.
3. You'll Know What to Expect
When you choose to adopt a senior pet, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you can expect with regard to the animal’s behavior, quirks, and possible health concerns. With a puppy or a kitten, it’s not uncommon to encounter unexpected health problems and behavioral challenges.
4. Your Home Will Survive in One Piece
Having a puppy or kitten in your home is like having a rambunctious toddler with sharp teeth and claws to boot! They love to chew, scratch, dig, and climb. Plus, it’s a fairly long road to reliably housebreak a puppy and litter box train a kitten.
5. They're Lovely Companions
Older dogs and cats are well-trained, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less lovable. They’re perfect walking companions and wonderful couch potatoes. So, whether you want to visit the park or snuggle up on the sofa for a movie, you can count on your new senior pet to be right by your side.
Start Your Senior Pet on a Specialized Wellness and Preventative Care Plan
Just because senior pets are getting older, you can still do a lot to keep them healthy, energetic, and happy. We recommend that senior pets have bi-annual veterinary checkups to keep a close eye on their ever-changing health and to closely monitor any conditions they might have. To learn more about giving a senior pet the best gold years, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at Companion Animal Health & Rehabilitation Center today.