Pets have brought joy to many families for thousands of years. But does that mean pet ownership is for everyone? If you are a senior considering getting a pet, what are some things that you should think about specifically? Here are a few of the pro's and cons of owning a pet during your senior years.
- Probably the number one reason anybody, including seniors, wants a pet is for the companionship. Although not a complete substitute for a human, having a pet in the house can help you overcome loneliness and boredom.
- Having a pet that depends on you can do much to increase your sense of self-worth. Whether it is a goldfish or a dog, your pet will depend on you for everything. This will give you something to look forward to each day and make you feel valued.
- Many pets, especially dogs, will help you to increase your physical activity. Instead of the problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle, you can reap the benefits of getting exercise regularly.
- Even if you get a pet for free, there will inevitably be a financial expense associated with ownership. So carefully consider if you can afford food, toys, bedding, vet visits, whatever is needed for the pet you might want to get.
- Most pets cannot be left alone at home. So if you travel, you will need to either bring them with you, or make arrangements for someone to care for them.
- Pets, dogs being the biggest culprit, increase your risk of injuries due to falling. No matter how well they are trained, much of their movements around the home will be unpredictable.
This is just a sample of the pro's and cons. Much will depend on your circumstances and what type of pet you are contemplating getting. After doing more research and considering everything involved, you will be able to decide if pet ownership is practical for you during your senior years.