At shelters, humane societies, and rescue centers, puppies and kittens get swooped up quickly, while senior pets have a harder time getting adopted. Many are euthanized soon after intake, or die without ever having a family of their own.
But adopting a senior pet is not just an act of goodwill for pets in need; it might just be the best way to find a pet that fits into your home.
Do You REALLY Want a Puppy or Kitten?
Young animals need a lot of time, attention, and training. Many older pets adapt quickly to new homes, are already housebroken, and just in need of a snuggle partner. They also require less exercise, and tend to be past the phase of destroying toys and chewing household items.
It’s not true that you can only bond with a young animal. Adoptable senior pets have not necessarily been given up by their original owners because they are badly behaved or otherwise troublesome. They may have been displaced because of a job loss or death in the family. Having come from loving families, they are quick to seek out love in their new home.
Are Senior Pets Good with Kids?
Young puppies and kittens tend to bite and scratch, while senior pets can sometimes be placid and gentle enough to make great companions for kids. Your shelter or rescue can help you choose a compatible pet, perhaps one that came from a family with children.
Remember, any animal with teeth can bite your child, no matter how tolerant they may seem. It’s important to teach your kid to respect their pets and constantly supervise their interactions.
What About All of Those Vet Bills?
If you’re considering adopting a senior pet that has a chronic health problem, for example, diabetes, you’ll have to pay for medication until the end of their life. Even so, you probably won’t have to pay for spay or neuter surgery, or for the costs that young pets incur for the first years of their life, so senior pets aren’t necessarily more expensive to care for.
You might be able to cut medical costs by purchasing pet insurance. Some insurance companies will not insure older pets, and those that do will have higher rates the older your pet is. Most will not cover pre-existing conditions. Take your time choosing a policy, shop around and compare rates, making sure the policy you choose covers life-saving surgeries, not just routine care.
Do You Think Your Heart Can Take It?
The truth is, all pets live short lives, and there’s no way to predict if they’ll pass away at 2 or 22. Becoming an adopter of senior pets can help you come to terms with death in a whole new way. You may find comfort in knowing that, even if they only live a few months, they will have spent their last days surrounded by love.
Professional Pet Sitting for Senior Pet Care
Adopting a senior pet does not mean you have to be stuck at home all of the time. You can go to work or go on vacation knowing your pet will get the specialty care they need when you’re gone. Ready Pet Go pet sitters are pet CPR and first aid certified, and can administer medications, injections, and subcutaneous fluids when you’re not available. Contact us or call (240) 221-5335 to schedule a Meet & Greet.