Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Pros And Cons Of Senior Rescue Pets For Senior People

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Blogs:https://minamaries.blogspot.com.au https://simpleselfimprovement.blogspot.com.au/
Dogs (165)      Cats (73)      Pet Ownership (77)      Senior Pets (2)      Rescue Pets (1)     

Old dog
Image:Pezibear from Pixabay

Near Mother's Day I read an article suggesting that a good gift for an elderly mother who was still in her own home would be a senior cat or dog from a rescue home. Some compelling reasons about why this would be a good idea were put forward. However, I think there are many reasons against this which need to be given careful consideration.

Firstly, I am not in favour of giving anyone a pet (regardless of the age of the pet or the recipient) without checking with them first they wantand can are for that pet. The person also needs time to think of what pet ownership means and all the responsibilities. Yes, they might want the pet but are they really in a position to take full responsibility for it? If you want to give a friend's child a pet you need to talk it through with the parents first.

Reasons for an elderly person to have a cat or dog
Firstly, I will ignore the 'senior pet' part of the equation and consider benefits of owning a dog or cat. There are good reasons in favour, including -
they provide excellent company which is especially important to a person living alone or a person who has difficulty leaving the house
provide a sense of security
may help promote memory recall (according to psychologist Penny B Donnenfeld)
help lower stress levels
reduce blood pressure
reduce risk of heart disease
dogs in particular, increase social interaction
increase physical activity
give the person something positive to talk about
caring for pets is a reason to get out of bed in the morning

Old woman with dog
Image: Henriet Haan from Pixabay

Benefits of a senior pet
Senior animals in rescue shelters can be hard to find homes for. Reasons for considering a senior rescue pet for a senior person include -
are likely to be less active
will be house trained
dogs are unlikely to chew things or be destructive in other ways
walk more slowly
dogs less likely to jump up and push person over

Dogs and cats are considered senior from 7 years onward. Some are still rather active at this age and in excellent health for a few years on. However, there will come a time when the years catch up with them.

Disadvantages of a senior pet
At some stage a senior pet will start to slow down and show the signs of age. They will need extra care and the cost of vet bills and medication will increase. These factors can be a problem to senior people -
vet bills can be a financial stress
not all conditions are covered by pet insurance and if the owner has it, that means an extra bill
medications can be expensive
the pet may need frequent vet appointments and the senior person may find it difficult to get pet to the vet
a dog with arthritis may have difficulty getting up and down stairs or in and out of the car. A senior person may not be able to lift them safely due to the size of the dog or because the person is unsteady on their feet.
senior person may have difficulty administering medication if their hands are shaky
there may be no one to care for the pet if the elderly person wants to go on holiday
boarding kennels may not be a good option if the senior pet needs extra care
if the senior owner needs to go into respite, is admitted to hospital or moves into an aged care facility there may be no one to take on the responsibility of caring for the pet, especially if the pet needs special care.
the senior person may stress about how they will cope when their furry companion passes away.

Ginger cat
Image:Jan Haerer from Pixabay

A survey was conducted of 600 pet owners. It was found, not surprisingly, having a pet with chronic or terminal illness increased the owner's stress and levels of depression and anxiety. It also lowered their general quality of life.

Each situation will be different. One doesn't know whether the pet will indeed have many health issues with increasing age or not. Some seniors have a network of able bodied friends, neighbours and family who are willing to help when needed. I read about an organisation which encourages seniors to adopt senior pets and provides support. A volunteer will visit to walk the dog and provide other care if necessary. This sounds like a great scheme.

An alternative to a senior person owning a pet is for them to volunteer somewhere that cares for cats and dogs. This way they can benefit from the company of pets without the responsibility.

# Cats
# Dogs
# Pet Ownership
# Rescue Pets
# Senior Pets
I like this Article - 3
Do you have a pet story or helpful tips and tricks to share with other pet owners? You can get paid for submitting your original articles, product reviews or pet tips! Apply here.
More Articles by Marie Vonow
It is estimated that about 500,000 homeless cats roam the streets just in South Australia
I love cats and usually find gifs of cats amusing or cute
Taking your dog for a walk sounds pretty easy
An individual's mental and physical health may be improved by owning a pet
1 like
My favourite type of cat has always been the tabby cat
Have you ever seen hamsters on television or in a video and thought what a cute pet one would make? ...
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
It is nice when others give us praise, acknowledge our efforts and say we are doing a good job
ID: 95738
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
My dog goes crazy for the smell and taste of peanut butter
**Who will look after your pets when you are gone?** My husband and I were recently updating ...
When parents bring a new baby into their home, they take every precaution to make it safe
Pets are a member of the family so why wouldn’t you want to capture their precious moments for you...
We all enjoy the beauty that greenery and flowers bring inside our homes
**%%Loves Me, Loves Me Not?%%** Cats have always been a bit of an enigma…
Shooting (pictures of!) dogs is like any other sort or photography with its own charms, quirks and...
Do you feed your pets at the table? I’m not talking about feeding them table scraps- I mean d...
Canine Dental hygiene is key part of maintaining your dog’s overall health and wellbeing
Don’t let your pet’s food and water dishes become a science experiment
Dogs (165)
Cats (73)
Birds (13)
Horses (3)
Health (40)
Pets (30)
Feeding (28)
Safety (10)
Dog (6)
Llamas (4)
Summer (4)
Stress (3)
Dental (3)
Toxic (3)
Grief (3)
Fowl (3)
Fleas (3)
Diet (3)
Copyright 2012-2021 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version