As compared to their younger counterparts, elderly pets are often considered less desirable, especially when it comes to pet adoption.
However, young or old, pets are great additions to the family. In fact, unlike common belief, elderly pets can be taught new tricks and are often calmer. So if you’re thinking of welcoming a new member this new year, here are 5 reasons why you should consider adopting senior pets.
They Are TrainedOlder dogs and certain cats are most likely trained and aware of basic commands. With an older pet, you won’t have to spend as much time and effort training your pet as you would with a younger one. At the same time, because of its understanding of basic commands, you can teach the pet tricks and commands beyond the basics.They Are Less Destructive
Unlike pups or kittens, older pets are highly unlikely to be as destructive and as energetic as these younger pets. As such, pet owners won’t have to worry about coming home to a mess. Their calm personalities are especially beneficial for senior citizens, who are looking for a furry companion but are unable to keep up with the energy of younger pets.
There Are Fewer SurprisesWhen it comes to senior pets, what you see is often what you get. You won’t have to question how your pet will turn out when it grows up in terms of its appearance and behaviour. This way you’re prepared for your pet’s behaviour and how it’ll fit into your home environment. However, do bear in mind that your older pet’s behaviour may change slightly in a new environment and people.They Are as Loveable
Older pets from shelters have most likely been through a rough patch in life which brought them to these shelters. However, these pets are somehow aware of the second chance and love that they have been given. Because of this, they tend to show you as much and more love than any other pet, once they’ve decided to open up and trust you.
Saving a LifeAdopting a senior pet is more than just gaining a new furry friend or family member. When you adopt a senior furkid, you’re also saving its life. As mentioned, when you bring an older pet home, you’re giving it a second chance at a normal life that’s full of love that they deserve to live.