Usually the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when getting a getting a new pet, is adopting a younger dog or cat. Senior-aged animals are often overlooked, even though many shelters have healthy senior pets looking for a forever home and a loving family.
One thing to consider when adopting a pet, especially if it will be your first pet, is that adopting a senior pet may be a good idea for you. Senior pets are usually calmer and less destructive than younger pets which means they may be easier to manage if it is your first time taking care of a pet - (you also won’t need to worry about them destroying your favorite pair of shoes or your furniture). Senior pets are also likely to be more independent which is another plus is you are a newbie pet owner. (These are also benefits if you are very busy and do not have time to take care of, train, and watch over a young pet, but are still looking for a companion)
Another plus is that senior pets will most likely already be housebroken and trained, which may not be the case with a younger pet. But, an old dog can learn new tricks! So if teaching your pet tricks is something you are interested in, this is still an option with a senior pet!
Since senior pets are grown-up, you will be able to easily determine and predict their personality, traits, and temperament. This may not always be the case with younger pets who are still growing and developing. Senior pets are basically an “open book” and there will not be any surprises when it comes to their behavior.
If you are looking for a furry friend to relax and chill-out with, a senior pet is perfect for you because they do not have as much energy and are not as rambunctious as a younger pet. It is easier to get them to lay down with you to nap or binge-watch Netflix. But, age is just a number!! No matter how much your senior pet wants to have lazy days with you, they will also be down for some daily exercise, like a walk or playtime.
A senior pet’s relaxed nature also makes them a perfect companion for someone who wants to spend more time at home relaxing, or even an elderly person.
Some people think that adopting a senior pet will be more expensive but in reality, adopting any pet will be expensive when it comes to food, supplies, toys, and medical bills as they grow up.
A senior pet will give you the same amount of love and appreciation that a younger pet will give you. A senior pet will be so grateful for you because they realize that you saved them and gave them another chance at having a loving family when others were not interested. You will be a hero for your senior pet, because unfortunately when it comes to shelters that euthanize pets, the older pets are usually the first ones to go. By adopting a senior pet you are not only saving their life, but you are also giving them a last chance to be happy and have a home. Opening up your arms to senior pet, will make you feel great.