November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. We’re happy to help spread the word about this cause. Older pets can make absolutely wonderful animal companions! Here, a Bellaire, TX veterinarian lists some reasons to adopt a dog or cat in their golden years.
To be fair, cats usually train their humans, rather than it being the other way around. Fido, however, needs quite a bit of petucation to learn how to be a good boy. Senior pets usually are well aware of the do’s and don’ts of being a pet.
Many people find that having a calm, relaxed pet is much easier than corralling a frisky kitten or puppy. Puppies and kittens are often furry, four-legged bundles of mischief. Baby animals are adorable, but they also need a lot of training, supervision, and petproofing. By the time Fido and Fluffy reach their golden years, they’ve burnt off most of their energy, and are usually more interested in napping than making mischief. They’re also less destructive, and won’t need very much activity or enertainment.
When you get a kitten or puppy, you really can’t predict how Fido and Fluffy will look when they are fully grown. You may also not really be able to read their personalities. With dogs, there is often the question of guesstimating a pup’s full adult size. This can be a huge concern for renters, particularly. There really is none of that guesswork with senior pets: what you see is what you get.
When you adopt an older dog or cat in their sunset years, you’ll know going into it that you won’t have as much time with your furry friend as you would with a puppy or kitten. That can be bittersweet, but it can also make that relationship even more special and meaningful. Many people find it very rewarding and fulfilling to show a sweet senior pet the kindness and compassion they deserve.
We love dogs and cats at any age. Kittens and puppies are of course beyond adorable, while adults are very fun and personable. Animals in their senior years often become very sweet and affectionate, and are usually much more interested in getting petted than in running and playing. You may completely melt when looking into those sweet, soulful eyes.
As your Bellaire, TX animal clinic, we’re here to help. Contact us for your senior pet’s veterinary care needs!