A Pet For Seniors

Should a senior consider adopting a pet? It might be a great idea for them!

Studies show pet owners live longer. So since loneliness is a challenge for the elderly, getting a pet to serve as a companion may be a good move for them. A pet can also help fight boredom and keep a senior active. Seniors (and their families) have to be careful to adopt the right pet. Let’s look at the benefits of dogs and cats.

Dogs: The size of the dog – as well as the breed – may be a family’s biggest factor in deciding on a dog. A big dog could pose health hazards and need a lot of space. Small dogs are a great idea, since they tend to be more protective of their owners. Smaller breeds are “lap dogs” and easier to transport, and usually are less energetic.

Cats. In some ways, cats can be a better choice than a dog as they tend to adjust to a wider variety of lifestyles. They do just as well in small apartment as big houses. Visit a pet store or pound and get to know the various breeds before making a decision. Short-haired cats are easier to care for as they need less grooming.
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