It can be very beneficial to your senior to have a pet. Taking care of a pet can be engrossing and fun; it can make the senior feel good. It also gives the senior some company if they’re alone at home a lot.
Sure, it can help to have friends too. But having a dog or a cat is different because they’ll be around all the time. So it becomes possible to have a close bond with them.
When Do You Need to Help Your Senior with Pet Care?
You might need to help your senior with pet care because they may not be able to take care of their pet all by themselves.
- This can happen if the dog is particularly big and needs to be exercised quite often.
- It can also happen if the pet needs to be taken to the vet for some reason.
- Also when you first get a pet, they’re going to need to be trained. This is also something that you could help your senior with.
Most likely, the senior will be able to take care of the day-to-day care such as feeding the dog or cat or changing the kitty litter. But in case the senior is unable to move around too much, this might also be something you have to help with.
Helping Your Senior with a Cat vs. Helping with a Dog
In general, you’ll find that it’s easier to take care of cats rather than dogs. They just have to be fed everyday and the kitty litter has to be changed. Some amount of grooming might also be necessary, especially if you have a hairy breed. Dogs generally require some more work because they have to be walked at least twice a day.
Just keep in mind that these are some of the things you might have to help your senior with in case they decide to get a pet.
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