When November rolls around each year we take time to celebrate the many blessings we've enjoyed. Pet people of course give thanks for their animal companions. This time of year, the holidays can prompt yearnings to adopt a new furry wonder.
Nothing beats puppies and kittens for fun. But senior citizen pets offer many advantages. Remember that small dogs and cats often live into their mid- to late-teens or early twenties, while larger dogs remain happy and vital at least a decade. Old fogey pets often have lots of love to share, so think about it. November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, so what better time to discuss the eight benefits of mature pets?
What is considered “old?” There are individual differences between pets, just as there are for people. While one person may act, look, and feel “old” at fifty-five, another fifty-five-year-old remains active with a youthful attitude and appearance.
Aging is influenced by a combination of genetics, environment, and health care over a lifetime. The oldest dog on record was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived for twenty-nine years and five months. Learn more about "what is old" in this Bling, Bitches & Blood blog on the subject.
Maybe you're interested in adopting a kitten to keep the old-fogey cat happy--but does Old Tom really want the aggravation? Learn how to intro the new to the old cat with these tips. And for introducing new pups to old dogs, check out these tips here.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)