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Adopt a Senior Pet! You'll Find a New Best Friend
Old Cats and Old Dogs Make Great Pets! Senior Pets give special Pleasures
Why do senior pets deserve a place in your home? Even though it may seem hard to believe, old dogs and cats have many qualities that make them delightful pets!
Many people think dogs and cats are just not fun when they are older, when actually senior pets can be very delightful. This is true whether they are your own beloved pet that you have raised from a kitten or puppy, or whether you adopt a senior pet.
Senior pets can be more settled, affectionate and playful without being hectic. They have a lot to give.
At any shelter, you can be assured that senior dogs and cats will be overlooked for puppies and kittens. I have heard people say that they like "kittens but not cats."
I hope to prove to you that adopting a senior pet is a GREAT idea! Although great senior pets are available any time of the year November is "Adopt a Senior Pet Month," and I hope you join with me in celebrating our fine animal senior citizens.
Trillium Poncho- cat and his dog buddy, Creative Commons photo of An 11-year old tabby cat and a mixed Molosser breed dog lounging on a sofa.
Old Cat by Barbara Libby - Purr-fect Book for Senior Cat Lovers
This liberally illustrated book for about old cats belongs on the bookshelves of every feline fancier. It is truly gorgeous. If you have an old cat who cuddles up to you, you don't need to be convinced about how wonderful he is, but still it is beautiful to see love like that in action.
Old Cat is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. One reviewer said "The illustrations are subtle pastels with great detail and everytime I pull it out to read I end up in tears."
A lovely tribute to old kitty friends, a wonderful gift for any cat lover.
Take a New Look at a Senior Dog - Take a Look through Their Aged Eyes
Older dogs can be charmers. This video demonstrates clearly just how much love and life old dogs have them! So cute!
If the video below doesn't convince you, check out photographer Nancy Levine's facebook project of senior dogs across America.
Do You Need a Gift for a Senior Dog? - Our Elderly Canine Friends Have special Needs
Gifts for Senior Dogs
My dog Buckwheat is an excellent old dog, but I do have to admit: he is a senior dog! Senior dogs have special needs. They have additional medical problems,...
Whether you need a Christmas present for your favorite senior dog - or just want to help your older dog alleviate or prevent any complications of aging - I've got you covered.
Please visit this companion lens that I have written with deep respect to old friends who bark instead of talk.
Advantages of Getting an Older Cat or Dog - Don't judge a Book by the Cover!
Old cats can provide you with plenty of joy as well as old dogs.
Cats tend to be loving right up to the end, and even though senior cat may have other health needs, the love and attention you will receive will be worth it.
Older cats tend to be grateful, less demanding and more easily content. They seem to know that they have been saved from an ugly end.
Doesn't a senior cat belong with you in your home?
You May Find your City Dog in the Ranks of the Senior Dogs
Retired Greyhounds Actually Make great Apartment Dogs. They do need a short daily run, but then they are basically couch potatoes.
A Senior Greyhound might be Perfect for Your Family! - Have you Ever considered Adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound
Should you adopt a Retired Greyhound?
Maybe! They are affectionate, low-key, and smart. They are light-weight bigger dogs, kind of the best of both types of dogs. I have always had a hankering for a greyhound, except I have heard that they are sight hounds and they run away easily. However, my own dog has done that so I don't think it is just the breed.
And the greyhound rescue groups can fill you in on all the details of the greyhound that you want to take home.
Need convincing? Cal the Greyhound is looking for a long-term commitment - let him explain it himself.
Eleven Great Reasons why a Senior Pet Might be Exactly Right for You - Older Cats and Older Dogs give More than they Take
Listed below are great reasons that a senior dog or cat could be perfect for your family. Petfinder, an online resource that works with shelters and rescue societies across the US to make sure that no adoptable animal have compiled a list of ten reasons Senior cats Rule.
The nation's largest animal rescue society: the ASPCA compiled another excellent resource on ten reasons to adopt an older dog.
I have combined the two and added my own take on things to make the case totally compelling - a senior pet belongs in your home!
- What You See Is What You Get. A senior cat won't grow any larger, so you'll know exactly how much cat you're getting, the same with a dog. And you also know the personality of the pet that you are adopting - no rude surprises there.
Everyone has idiosyncrasies, if you adopt a senior pet you will be able to choose one to match your quirks.
- You generally will find training a senior pet much easier. Old dogs can learn new trick! They have more control over their body for the most part, and also will find it easier to focus on you as they don't have puppy or kitty energy. A senior cat will be less likely to attack your feet every night, and almost all of them are litter box trained.
PS - Old cats can learn new tricks as well.
- Senior pets come with instant gratitude. I don't how exactly, but there are so many stories of how senior dogs and cats just seemed to be so grateful and appreciative. They seem to know that they have been ripped out of the jaws of death!
- They are not as labor intensive as younger cats and dogs, they are not a 24-7 job. They just have less nervous energy.
While they need a walk, or maybe a little playtime for a kitty - there is not the intensive exercise requirements that younger dogs require.
- You may be afraid of messes - actually senior dogs and cats are less likely to be messy. Dogs are more likely to be house-trained, cats are usually litter box trained and able to learn that the scratching tree is where they need to exercise their claws.
- They generally settle into your home quickly. They are usually more adaptable.
- Want a couch potato and a lap cat to hug as you relax? Consider an older dog or senior cat! They just have less energy requirements, and are more appropriate for modern day folk who are very busy.
The fact that they are winding down makes them much more appropriate to be therapy animals. I am just now beginning to think of having Buckwheat be a therapy dog; as a high-energy intense border collie - I had to wait for his senior years to think about taking him into rest homes and libraries.
- You will get special points in Heaven if you adopt a senior pet. I know - I am a Squid Angel! :)
Senior pets are some of the hardest pets to adopt. They top a list of other unfortunate animals such as black pets, and pets with illnesses and disabilities - animals that are hard to adopt.
That is an entirely unfair situation - unfair to the pet, and unfair to the person who could be blessed with them.
- Breed fanciers: you absolutely can get a purebred pet as a senior.
Breed rescue societies are great ! Fancy a Rottweiler? Got to have a Pug? No problem! There are breed rescuers for every dog breed. Here you can find a comprehensive list of breed rescues from the American Kennel Club.
Are you a Persian Cat fancier? Just got to have a Ragdoll or other Floppy Cat? Understandable! And you will be able to find a loving cat at the breed rescue. Click here for a comprehensive list of cat breed rescues.
- If you adopt a senior pet you create one LESS reason for awful puppy mills and kitty mills to exist.
Get a great friend and strike a blow for animal justice at the same time!
- Senior pets are adorable. Don't believe me?
Have a look at these funny faces.
What about the Health Problems of Senior Dogs and Senior Cats? - The benefits will outweigh the challenges
Senior dogs do have health problems. But at least you know what you are getting - sometimes a puppy you have paid a lot for end up with having a lot of problems. (Puppy mills, you know?)
Some of the special health requirements of cats include arthritis and obesity and trouble with their coat. Attention to their diet, playing with them so they get some exercise and enough water to keep their joints lubricated, and brushing can go a long way. They may have trouble with their kidneys, so you might want to meet with the vet a little more often to monitor this.
Dogs are more prone to arthritis, which can be abated with gentle exercise, diet to avoid obesity and supplements and pain medications from the veterinarian. The Grey Muzzle Society knows these issues well, as well as more simple ways of helping. They are a rescue society exclusively dedicated to senior dogs. They have found that simply by using simple dog beds like the you will alleviate a lot of the suffering of older dogs. Older dogs do not do well lying on concrete. Coolaroo Large Steel-Framed Pet Bed with knitted fabric
When you adopt an old dog or old cat, you can make a decision how aggressive you want to be with their health care, and realistically how much money you can spend. I have decided that for right now I can only take on the veterinary care and feeding responsibilities for one dog, for instance.
But know this - for so many dogs and cats - just having a warm bed and caring home is better than any medicine that money could buy.
Lensmaster NightBear has Opened her Heart - Nightbear cares for a Paralyzed Dog
It happens! Usually it is not predictable and frequently it is devastating. Your beloved dog has become paralyzed. What do you do now? In our case, our dog ...
This is a fascinated tale of the joy that you can find by taking care of a dog that is very handicapped, without as much sacrifice as you would imagine. Good for you Nightbear!
Pet Naturals of Vermont Hip & Joint - Superior Supplement - American Made
Keeping mobile is important for both animals and humans.
Pet Naturals of Vermont is one of the finest pet nutritional support companies that there is. They follow strict testing of their materials, and are always striving for excellent.
This helps with joints which tend to disintegrate with age.
Nutrition can be a fine aid in natural calming of animals.
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Recently I have enrolled my own ten year old Buckwheat into private dog training. He is much better on the sit, stay, come, and heel command. All in all a better dog. And he is ten years old.
Old Cats Rock - Life Doesn't End at age Five!
I love to watch these older cats playing and cuddling.
You don't have to be a kitten to give love!
Sometimes shelter fees can be reduced or eliminated entirely for senior dogs and senior cats
The Sacramento SPCA gives their staff latitude to wave the adoption fee for a senior dog if they have already determined that the potential adopter can provide a good home. Some shelters have "Senior Citizens Adopt Senior Animals Free" programs. Could you influence your local shelter to try some similar programs the same?
What about You? - Has Your Life Ever Been Graced by a Senior Pet?
Have You Ever Adopted a Senior Pet
Even if you can't adopt a senior pet from your local animal shelter, you can easily make a contribution that really matters.
The Animal Rescue Site helps dogs and cats in shelters across this country. When you press the button - you are actually making a donation. At no cost to yourself!
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