Benefits of Adopting a Senior Sweetheart
If you are thinking about adopting a pet, one factor to take into consideration is what age of pet you would like to add to your family. While adopting a puppy or kitten is very exciting, there are countless older dogs and cats in need of forever homes. Plus, there are endless advantages to choosing a senior pet!
Here are our top 8 reasons to adopt a sweet senior pet:
Older pets are already trained. As cute as puppies and kittens are, housebreaking and training a young pet is no easy feat. Chances are, an older dog or cat will already be housebroken and have some simple training, which will make their transition into your home much easier for you and them.
They are less destructive. Senior pets have passed their teething phase, so they are much less inclined to chew everything in sight. They are also calmer and less energetic than younger pets, which means your dog won’t waste its energy shredding up its new bed and your cat won’t have the desire to overturn all the potted plants in the house.
You know exactly what you’re getting. When you adopt a fully mature pet, you know what to expect in terms of size, physical appearance, temperament, and general health. You don’t have to worry about an energetic puppy growing into a dog that is too much for your family to handle.
You can adopt the perfect pet for your family. When you know exactly what you’re getting, you can choose the pet that is best suited for your family. For example, if you have a dog and want to add a cat to your family, there’s no telling how a new kitten will react to the dog, whereas if you adopt an older pet you can select a cat with a history of getting along with dogs.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. Often times, older dogs are actually more responsive to training than puppies because they have longer attention spans and are more driven to please their owners. This means that even if your older pet needs some training, it is possible to teach them whatever they need to know in their new life with you.
Older pets make great companions for senior citizens. Many older people really enjoy having older pets. A senior pet is a great partner for a senior citizen who is content taking life a little slower.
You’ll have more time for yourself and to enjoy your pet’s company. When you adopt an older pet, you don’t have to worry about housebreaking, obedience training, or cleaning up messes. You and your pet will form an instant bond, and you will have more time to spend with them without the stress that comes with raising a puppy or kitten.
You can save an animal’s life. Senior pets often have a harder time getting adopted than their younger counterparts. This means, they often spend more time in shelters. Consider adopting an older pet and give them the forever home they deserve.