How To Choose A Companion Animal For A Senior


Are you thinking of getting a companion animal for your older family member? Don't shy away simply because you don't think that your senior will be able to take care of a pet; many senior care services like ComForcare Home Care - Kalamazoo, MI recognize the value of a companion animal and will take care of the animal for them. However, that doesn't mean every animal is suited to companion status.

Look for Small, Low Energy Animals

While a constantly slumbering maltese may not be your idea of a great pet, it's ideal for a senior. Animals that have a lot of energy will get frustrated or destructive if their energy is not used up. There are some animals that are simply predisposed towards being couch potatoes; these are the types that make the best companion animals. Smaller animals are also much easier to control and, overall, more affordable. 

Choose Short-Haired Pets 

In both cats and dogs, long fur can be problematic. Long fur needs to be groomed regularly and will get everywhere. A dog with an undercoat, like a husky, might shed so much that it actually becomes dangerous! Curly-coated animals are often the easiest to take care of and tend to shed much less, leaving less cleaning to be completed around the home. 

Consider Pets That Are Unwanted

There may be pets that are fantastic choices but have been overlooked because they have problems such as suffering from separation anxiety (which means that the pet gets destructive if left alone). With a senior, the pet will not be left alone much if at all, so these problems can be manageable. If you're willing to overlook manageable issues, you may be able to get a pet that is better suited to your elder's living arrangements.

When In Doubt, Go Older

An older dog or cat is usually best for a senior. Frisky puppies and kittens just need too much attention. A three- or four-year-old dog will still have at least ten years of life; a three- or four-year-old cat will have almost twenty years. Older cats and dogs are also more predictable. Their personalities have already developed. You can never be entirely sure how a puppy or a kitten will end up.

You can always ask a pet shelter to connect you to animals that they believe would be suitable for a senior. And, of course, it can be best to bring your elder family member with you so that they can choose their own pet, keeping the above bits of advice in mind.


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