If you believe a furry friend would be an ideal companion for your older loved one, it is critical to select the correct type of pet. If you know what to look for, matching an older adult with the correct pet is straightforward. Whether you bring a cockatoo, dog, or cat into the house, consider the older adult’s personality, health and mobility needs, and financial concerns when selecting an animal friend. Read on to find out how to choose the right pet for your loved one.
Degree of Care
Different animals have varying requirements. Consider how involved your loved one will be in everyday pet care before bringing a new buddy home. If the older adult has limited mobility or energy, a low-maintenance pet, such as a fish or bird, may be the best choice. Older adults who are more outgoing and active may appreciate caring for a cat or dog.
Kittens and puppies are high-energy, active creatures that demand more physical activity and care than many older adults can provide. In fact, lively or tiny pets may pose a risk to older adults. The CDC reports that each year, over 86,000 individuals visit emergency rooms after falling while taking care of a pet.
Adopting an older pet has various advantages. First and foremost, older pets are typically house trained, litter box trained, and may even know some amusing tricks. They also have fully formed personalities, which makes matching them with an owner simpler.
Every animal, like every person, has a distinct personality. When selecting a pet, match the pet’s personality to that of the older adult. If the older adult you’re looking for a pet for needs a buddy for regular exercise and walks, a more extroverted, lively dog can be the ideal companion. A gentle lapdog or cat, on the other hand, makes a fantastic cuddling partner and is especially ideal for older adults with limited mobility.
Where to Look
The manner in which you look for a pet and the location in which you look play an important part in finding the ideal match. While a qualified breeder is well-versed in an individual pet’s ancestry and temperament, most breeders specialize in young animals such as puppies and kittens. A shelter might be a terrific location to locate the right pet but knowing what you’re getting before bringing a pet home can be difficult. Fortunately, there are matching services that can help you choose the appropriate animal for you or the older adult you’re gifting.
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