If your loved one has retired and is cooped up alone at home, it is the perfect time for them to get a pet! A live-in companion may be just what they need to enrich this new era of their life. Here we will explore the best pets for seniors.
Why should seniors own a pet?
Research consistently shows having a pet is linked to several health benefits. Not only are pets stress relievers, but they also do wonders for your overall well-being. A furry friend can improve your loved one’s quality of life by:
- Helping them stay physically active and have time outdoors such as through daily walks.
- Lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar
- Increasing socialization and helping them bond with other people
- Giving a renewed sense of purpose in life
What are the best pet choices for a senior citizen?
- Dogs are great companions for seniors because they’re fun, loyal, and good company. Specifically, small dogs and older dogs would be the best fit for older adults. They’re easier to handle, groom, and walk compared to a larger breed or young puppy. Dogs are especially beneficial for socially isolated seniors because they offer constant entertainment, companionship, and unconditional love. It’s a heartwarming feeling to have them always looking excited to see you with their big smile and tail wagging.
- Cats are the perfect companion for those who want a furry friend that’s low maintenance. Felines cost less to care for since they require less food and toys. They also don’t need as much care compared to dogs because cats groom themselves and don’t require walks. Cleaning out a cat’s litter box is also a lot more convenient than having to walk a dog out late at night. Overall, a cat is the right choice for your loved one if all they want is an easy-to-care, independent pet to curl up in their lap after a long day.
- Fish are not exactly a pet you can cuddle with but they’re a great choice for those who don’t have the time, budget, or space to take care of a higher-maintenance pet. They don’t require any grooming, exercise, or training. However, you do have to maintain and clean their tank regularly. Keeping an aquarium can be an engrossing hobby!
- Birds, especially parakeets, are great pets for older adults who spend a lot of time at home. They’re chirpy, enthusiastic, and awesome entertainment! Pet birds often sing, talk, and even play depending on the type your loved one prefers. They can bring happy energy into your loved one’s home.
Whether they have fur, feathers, or scales, a pet can be extremely beneficial to aging adults. Once your loved one finds their perfect fit, they get to enjoy life with their forever friend. You can read more articles with 1+1 Cares to learn how to improve your loved one’s aging experience.
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