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Puppies and kittens are adorable. They look great in photos, and they make people smile. But all puppies and kittens eventually grow up to be adult dogs and cats. There are hundreds of thousands of adult dogs and cats waiting for loving homes. Older pets make excellent and much easier pets.
Not convinced? Consider the following reasons why adopting a senior pet is a great option.
In overcrowded shelters, senior pets are often first on the list to be euthanized. You can help save a life and provide a loving home for an older pet to live out his or her golden years in dignity and comfort.
Owning a dog requires significant time and financial commitment. Dogs need love, exercise, stimulation, and proper veterinary care. Older dogs can be a perfect fit for busy families or families with children who don’t want to go through the “puppy” stage.
Adult dogs have often already learned basic manners from a previous owner or possibly from a shelter manager or volunteer. They are usually housebroken. They are far past the teething stage, which means they are more likely to appreciate chew toys you buy them and less likely to chew your shoes and gloves!
Older dogs tend to adapt more quickly to their environment. They learn what is expected of them. Similarly, older cats are usually litter box trained and will only need to learn their way around their new surroundings.
Sure, there is a cuteness factor to kittens and puppies that’s hard to resist, but young pets also come with many unknowns. However, an adult pet has developed his or her personality, making it easier to choose a pet that best fits your family and lifestyle.
Whether you are looking for an active pet, a couch potato, or a pet that is excellent with children, there is an adult pet out there who will fit your family’s needs.
Many people think that raising a puppy or kitten is the best way to mold an animal into your ideal family pet. However, just like with children, animals’ personalities are likely to change as they grow up. Once an animal has reached adulthood, his or her temperament has formed. Therefore there are less growing pains than you would have with a puppy or kitten.
Contrary to the adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” older pets are very adaptable. They can continue learning and taking in new information as well as building on the behavior and training skills they already have.
There is also a misconception that older pets don’t have any energy or personality. While pets tend to slow down as they age (a senior dog may not be up for a 10-mile training run), they still have energy and desire to play with their family members.
The more active you encourage your dog or cat to be, the longer he or she will remain active.
Some senior pets have lost previous owners to illness or death. Others have survived heartbreaking experiences such as abuse or abandonment. Regardless of their past, senior pets have an excellent way of forgiving and embracing the present.
If you show a senior pet love, you can be sure that pet will love you back with its entire heart and then some. Don’t pass by the pets with the scars and graying muzzle. They’ve just seen more and have more love to give you.
One of the greatest rewards is knowing that you gave a senior pet a loving home to grow old in.
Potential adopters should make sure they are prepared to keep up with any health conditions or financial concerns that may arise with a senior pet.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat – year-round! Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.
Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured, you don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of your pet’s care. You can focus on your pet’s health.