A pet can have substantial physical and psychological benefits for senior citizens. Pets provide them with companionship, security and a reason to pursue physical activity. Various studies have shown that seniors who adopt pets are more likely to exercise, have lower blood pressure and a decreased likelihood of depression.
While selecting a pet for senior citizens, you need to consider the pet’s physical strength, energy level, and the time and attention the pet requires. Depending on the type and its size, a pet will need to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. For senior citizens, especially those with limited mobility, smaller pets requiring less exercise may be preferred.
Here’s a quick checklist:
- Senior owner’s home
- Senior owner’s health
- Senior owner’s physical strength
- Dog’s physical traits, personality
- Dog’s routine care requirements.
Small lap dogs like Fox Terriers, Chihuahuas, mini Labradoodles, or miniature Poodles.
Cats with sedate natures, including Ragdolls and Persians make wonderful companions for senior citizens.