By Robbi Hess ~ Managing Editor Pet Calendar, Crimeless Cat Executive Story Editor, Chief Cat Herder
Pet Calendar: Senior Citizen’s Day ~ August 21
How do Senior Citizen’s Day and pets connect? Consider that many seniors live alone; they have lost a spouse or don’t live near family members. If they have a pet, they are likely to be more active, healthy and involved in life than a senior who doesn’t have a pet. When pets are introduced into nursing home settings, it gives the residents a chance to interact with, pet and connect with a living being. Pets in nursing homes may help those seniors who are non verbal.
When we think of seniors we also think of senior pets that sometimes languish in shelters when families are seeking to adopt they many times lean toward adopting a puppy. What are the benefits of adopting a senior pet? Here are a few:
- You know what you’re getting. They are “set in their ways” and have fully developed personalities.
- Chances are they are housebroken.
- They probably won’t chew your shoes.
- They are still energetic but not as needy of your time and energy as a puppy might be.
- They enjoy long walks, but don’t need to keep up a fast pace, they are happy strolling along with you.
- If you get a senior cat, we bet they won’t climb your curtains.
- A senior cat is a calm family member who will be just as happy chasing a catnip mouse as he will snuggling on your lap.
How will you celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day? Do you have a senior pet? How will you celebrate him or her? We’d love to know!