Adopting a new pet is an exciting time – after all, welcoming a new member of the family into your home is always going to be a wonderful period of change. When adopting a new pet, there are many things which need to be considered, ranging from purchasing food, toys, bedding and engraved pet ID tags right through to making sure that your home is a pet-friendly zone.
However, many people have the tendency to fall in love with puppies, kittens and younger pets, meaning that older animals are often left in shelters and rehoming centres for far longer. Of course, this is a great shame as seniors can prove to be just as loving and devoted as their younger counterparts, yet many people just don’t give them the chance they need to really shine.
If you are considering adopting an older pet, there are plenty of benefits but also some differences that you should bear in mind.
We’ve put together a list of things that you need to know when you are planning on adopting an older dog or cat:
While you may not get such an active lifestyle with an older pet, there are still many benefits which can arise from welcoming a senior pet into your home. Many older pets are ideally suited to couples and smaller households, looking to enjoy a quiet, relaxing retirement alongside their owners.
It’s important to make sure that you choose the right pet for you and similarly, you need to ensure that you have everything you need ready for their arrival. Head out to your local pet store or shop online – as well as bedding and blankets, bowls and senior-friendly food, an older pet may like a cuddly toy to snuggle up against, and, of course, they will need shiny new engraved pet ID tags to reunite you with them if they become lost.