Are you a senior considering pet ownership? If so, you will join a long list of others that have thought about the matter. But why do some seniors decide on it and enjoy the benefits, while others forego it? That is because, along with the advantages of having a pet, there are some challenges. So before you determine what you will do in this matter, here are a few pro's and cons to think about.
- Pets, especially dogs and cats, can provide companionship. You can look forward to an endless supply of 'love' and affection. This means having them around can ease loneliness, boredom, depression, anxiety, and stress.
- They can help you to fill a basic human desire - that of feeling useful. A pet will depend on you for literally everything. So having one will not only give you something practical to do every day, it can increase your self-worth.
- Having a pet can be good for your health. Owners have been known to have both lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In fact, according to the American Heart Association: "Owning a pet - particularly a dog - could help lower your risk of heart disease."
- Pet ownership comes with a price tag, and it can be pretty steep. Every pet needs to be acquired, fed, and housed in a cage, crate, tank, or another receptacle. And some need regular visits to the vet.
- A pet might require a change in your routine, including the time you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night.
- On days that you tired or in pain, the pet will still require your energy and attention. Will you be able to care for the responsibilities on those days without bringing harm to yourself?
Once you start thinking about your situation and the pet you would like, it will be easier to know which pro's and cons apply. So try to do some more research, don't rush into anything, and you will come to a practical decision about pet ownership in your senior years.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!