No matter the circumstances that caused a senior pet to end up at an animal shelter or rescue, most are affectionate, trained, and loyal companions. Adopt a Senior Pet Month is highlighting the benefits of adopting a “grey-muzzled special.” Our team at Elon Oaks Veterinary Hospital would like to share these five reasons why senior pets make the best pets.
#1: Senior pets are often housetrained
The worst part of bringing home a puppy is tackling housetraining. Pee puddles and poop piles pop up in corners, your favorite shoes, or the center of your rug. A senior pet is likely already housetrained and won’t leave “presents” all over your home.
#2: You know what you’re getting with a senior pet
When you adopt a senior pet, you won’t be startled at how big they get or how their personality changes as they mature. What you see is what you get, with no surprises.
#3: Adopting a senior pet saves a life
Senior pets are often overlooked in shelters and may spend their final days without a family, but nothing is more heartwarming than an older pet’s soulful gaze. Knowing you saved their life and gave them an excellent home for their golden years will be rewarded by your older furry companion’s warmth and devotion.
#4: Senior pets require less exercise and playtime
Young pets, especially puppies, are exhausting. They demand constant supervision and attention when all you want is a snuggle buddy during your weekend Netflix binge. Don’t forget that young pets need extensive exercise and playtime to ward off problem behaviors induced by boredom.
#5: Senior pets let you have a good night’s sleep
Kittens are prone to midnight zoomies, and puppies may not take well to crate-training at night, leaving you lucky to grab much shuteye. Senior pets don’t need multiple nighttime potty breaks and are more than happy to cuddle up under the covers and get a full eight hours of rest.
Have you welcomed a senior pet into your family? Contact us to schedule a wellness visit for your new faithful companion.