Senior Cat

Why Seniors Make Great Pets

| November 26, 2021

Senior animals often have a harder time adjusting to shelter life and/or new foster homes. Many of them have had one owner and one home since they were puppies or kittens. Shelter life, with all the different smells, sounds and activity can be a bit much for our sweet senior population.

On top of that, they also tend to spend the longest time at a shelter before finding their new families. Often, when people visit animal shelters, puppies or kittens receive the most interest overlooking the seniors. While our young pups and kitties are — obviously — amazing, so are our seniors! Why?

More paws, less work

Ah yes, puppies. For 99.9% of the human population, puppies are the answer to everything. Their silly strides and squishy faces. Their little paws and tiny tummies. Their poop on the carpet and teeth marks on the furniture—wait, what?

Puppies (and kittens) require patience, energy, and consistent training to become adjusted to home life. Some people don’t realize the amount of work that’s required when bringing a young animal home.

Seniors? They know what’s what. They are often calmer, more laid back, and easier to handle for their loving humans.

Been there, done that

Because most older guys and gals have been living in homes for most of their lives, they are usually well versed in matters of sit, stay, and other basic commands. They are also likely housetrained. While puppies are everything, the first few months of bathroom mishaps are … not.

Think of the children!

Sometimes, the energetic and unpredictable natures of puppies and kittens can be a little much for young children. Senior animals are typically more mellow, and more patient, making them ideal companions for children.

As with every animal, any age, active adult supervision is so important to ensuring the safety of both the child and the animal.

They got nothing to hide

When you bring home a senior animal, you know exactly WHO you’re bringing home.  You will know right away if Bobby is team Squid Game or Succession. Whether they are into snuggles or people watching, seniors have their personalities out on display!

Dogs and cats are considered senior at 7 years of age, while they can have a great quality of life for 15 and sometimes 20 years or more. Give one of our loving seniors a loving home where they can spend their golden years with a lot more cuddles, pets and lounge time.