The general consensus on aging is that it sucks, for lack of a better word. I’m on the opposite side of the table for this debate. With age comes comfort, more smarts, larger joke repertoire, a better understanding of what makes a perfect day for you, and charming smile lines- to name a few. Likewise for animals, aging rocks.
Handsome grey hairs make for a more distinguished face, older joints make for an enviable slow-paced attitude, skinnier days mean many more cuddles to share the warmth. There is nothing I love more than a senior pet.
Here’s the deal, the down low, if you will. Despite what a quick word association game with “senior” would have you to believe, it doesn’t mean you have one paw out the door. In the animal world, senior means you’ve learned how to make humans love you. It means you cherish those back scratches more than ever before. It means a human’s love for us makes our world go round. Senior pets are golden companions.
A few things to consider when adopting a senior pet:
Seniors may need a little extra TLC than younger pets due to medical attention, dietary restrictions and necessary heart-warming snuggles. Are you able to meet those needs?
2. Current Critters
Some seniors (and young pets!) may prefer to be in a household without other animals. The organization you are adopting from should have a good grasp on whether or not your senior will do well in a home with other animals. Also, flip it. Think about your current herd. Will they be ok with another animal in their territory? You know your pets best so you know whether or not they’d accept another member. It’s also important to slowly introduce your new fuzzy family member slowly to the others. Give everyone time to adjust! You may end up being surprised that your new friend brings new life to your household in ways you didn’t expect!
Naturally, some seniors are a little more slow paced than they were in their younger years. A household with active kiddos may not be the most ideal situation for an older pet. Again, the organization you’re adopting from should be able to tell you whether or not a home with children is the right home for that animal.
Bringing an older pet into your home can easily be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. It may also be very emotional. With any aged pet, you never know when they may leave this world but, naturally, senior pets may be a bit closer to this than others. Can you commit to the rest of their life, no matter how long or short it may be?
Some senior animals may require a bit more medical attention than their younger friends or may require special foods and pills. Will you be able to budget these necessities for your new fuzzy family member? If there is a pet you are interested in adopting that requires some extras, you can speak with your vet about costs and options for maintaining a healthy life for your new friend!
Thinking about adopting? Think about a senior pet. You will forever be their hero.