I FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE…
I AM ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES!
If senior pets could speak, this is what they would say when they are finally adopted and in their forever home, “I FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE to love me just the way I am and who will let me love them more than they could imagine. I am one of the Lucky Ones.”
SENIOR PETS MAKE FANTASTIC COMPANIONS
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SENIOR PETS, what makes them special?
- They are through the baby and teenage stages with all its’ destruction.
- Senior dogs are usually housebroken.
- Senior cats are usually litter box trained.
- They are usually well socialized.
- They are more settled down and no longer high energy.
- They don’t need lots of exercise or stimulation.
- They are eager to be relaxed with their human companions.
- They seem to get set into a routine which calls for lots of relaxation, napping and snuggling.
- They have usually stopped being stubborn as they want to please their humans and be with us.
- They are older but wiser. They know not to get into stuff that is not theirs.
- They lay still and enjoy belly rubs. There is no replacement for human contact and warmth. Snuggling is one of their favorite activities.
- Senior dogs are quieter as they begin to lose some hearing; they don't bark at all the noises anymore.
- Senior cats don't get as startled from loud noises as they may not hear them.
This is one of those times where a little hearing lose can be a really good thing. It allows you to keep your windows open on a nice warm summer night and not worry if the dog or cat is going to hear everything from outside and keep you up because of it. Snuggling is one of their favorite activities.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds and cats live longer than dogs. AHF considers the dogs and cats to reach the beginning of their senior years at 8 years of age. However, cats can live very long lives as indoor house pets. Many have been known to live into their twenties! So, why not give a senior cat a chance? Each dog and cat, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a pet ages. Senior pets tend to slow down a bit. You begin to see a distinguished looking graying around their faces and muzzles/mouths. Their hearing begins to diminish but that only makes it a little quieter of a world for them; that does not sound like such a bad thing. Their eye coloring might change from age and their muscle mass may decrease.
As we look at the "aging signs" of our pets, they look very similar to the aging signs of us humans. If we don't want to be discounted when we are human seniors, then why should we discount our pets when they enter their senior years? Older pets, just like older humans, like a warm place to hang out and sleep. For some of our pets, that may be the window sill or near a heating vent. Put up a few nightlights to help them see when the rooms are dark as their eyes do not adjust to the dark like they used to. Remember those family conversations about how grandma doesn't eat much anymore? Well, that is how it may be with your senior pet. They may eat less but more often. Whatever you do, remember that even our senior pets need exercise. Move it or lose it is a good thing to remember. Take a short slow walk or toss a treat across the room for your pet to go and get it.
Now, why don't you take some time and click on the links to read about some of our senior dogs and cats that are available right now. There are some real gems in this group. They all long for a forever home of their own in which they can spend their later years. They could be your LUCKY CHARM!
Almost Home Foundation P.O.Box 308 Elk Grove Village, IL 60009-0308