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Pets For Seniors: Choosing a Companion

By guest blogger Jessica Brody

Are you a senior interested in getting a pet? There are lots of benefits to doing so, from companionship in times of need to mental and physical health benefits. These four points will help you prepare your home, and your lifestyle, for a new addition by making the right choices about type, size, breed, and age.

Pet Type

To start, you need to think carefully about the type of animal you want to bring into your home. Choosing the right pet will guarantee a comfortable and pleasant experience for both parties.

First and foremost, think about the environment you will be able to provide for your pet. Do you live in a house or an apartment? An apartment may call for a smaller animal, such as a bird, a cat, or a hamster. A house may provide enough room for a dog.

Next, ask yourself how much energy you can devote to your pet on a day-to-day basis. If you need a significant amount of time for self-care, or require ongoing assistance, a low maintenance pet may be the best option. If you find that you are generally comfortable caring for your own health and home, a cat or dog are possible pets.

Finally, think long and hard about how long you will able to be the primary caregiver for a pet. Does the idea of ten or fifteen years seem daunting? A young cat or dog may not be the best solution. However, if your health is strong and you have experience handling pets, an animal with a long lifespan may be worth it.

Having trouble making a decision? This article from Best Friends can help you choose the right pet for your home.

Pet Size

The next step is thinking about the size of your pet. This is especially important for dogs, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Do you want a small, medium, or large animal?

A small animal could be a bird, a guinea pig, a turtle, a fish, or a rabbit. These animals all live in cages and are generally easy to monitor. A medium animal could be a small dog or a cat, both of which require far more responsibility. A large animal is usually a dog, such as a Labrador Retriever or a Husky.

Consider these options and ask yourself which size works best for your home and your lifestyle.

Pet Breed

Rarely does breed make a significant difference when it comes to small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, or fish. However, if you plan on getting a bird, a cat, or a dog, the specific breed you choose can change your experience completely.

The best thing you can do is thoroughly research your options. There are dozens of breeds to choose from, so this could take several weeks to decide.

Pet Age

Once you’ve decided on a pet type, size, and breed, you need to think about age. This depends mostly on how long you believe you’ll be able to care for your pet - in addition to the amount of time you have to put into training.

As a senior, this is likely not the best time to invest in a puppy or a kitten. Instead, you might want to consider visiting a shelter and saving the life of a growing dog or cat. Rescue animals can range from one to ten years in age and often make the best companions.

For smaller animals such as rodents or fish, you should feel comfortable starting young. You can, however, rescue guinea pigs from shelters across the country.

Think carefully about these four factors before choosing your new companion, and you’ll build the foundation for a healthy owner-pet relationship that will last for years to come.

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Entertaining a Cat.

Cat sitting in a cardboard box

Henry is a cow cat, a black and white, non-tuxedo cat, a rescue, maybe about nine years old. Cow cats are notoriously close to their humans, I’m told (“needy” is a word I hear a lot), and Henry is ultra affectionate. He’s also playful and (to me) surprisingly smart.

I came home from a meeting today to find that he had lined up all of his bigger toys: three scratching blocks of different varieties, Lambie (big stuffed animal), Chickie (ditto), Mousie (you get the drift), tennis ball, two organic wool clothes dryer balls that he filched from a laundry basket one day when I wasn’t looking, two sparkly balls, three balls with little noisemakers inside (a gift from a dear but clueless friend), a medium Amazon box, part of a feather, and his aluminum foil ball. At the end was his newest store-bought toy: a circle toy that has a ball in it that he can touch and reach and knock around the circle but never get the ball out.

As I massaged my fingers from their clenched position (20 miles on icy highway at Interstate speeds, driving an SUV in a high wind blowing across stubble fields), he began to play. He’d made himself an obstacle course to leap around, climb over, stalk from behind, run around, and generally tease himself with before getting to the highly-desired circle toy that was his reward for his basic-training-style efforts.

Initially I felt guilty for not recognizing that he needs more mental stimulus, then proud of his brainpower, and then curious. How do we keep an indoor cat active and engaged, especially in a small apartment when bird feeders are forbidden and funds are limited?

Some experts suggest getting a second or even third and fourth cat. After the initial settling of the pecking order, they often will play, hunt, and sleep together.

Interactive time with the human is also recommended. Most cats love to “help” change the sheets on the bed. Why not take an extra five minutes and give them a bedmouse to stalk and pounce on? Or let them get under the sheet and then pat that furry little bottom or tummy?

If your cat responds to catnip and you don’t object to its use, try keeping the nip in a lidded container along with some of the small toys. The toys will pick up the scent of the nip and become highly valued play objects for the remainder of their probably-limited life.

Some cats enjoy watching cat videos on TV or computer, or will watch a screen saver endlessly. Some enjoy listening to bird song on YouTube, or the sound of a cat purring. When you pause at the keyboard, find a website for your cat, who is probably sitting between you and the monitor anyway.

If you have hardwood or tile floors, give the cat a couple of chopsticks to bat around, or an empty plastic water bottle, a rolled up sock (with a little catnip on the inside?).

Or, for the ultimate experience: tissue paper, and for exceptionally good kitties, tissue paper in a box. Oh joy! Tissue paper in a box with a treat or favorite toy hidden in the folds. Eureka!

What have you come up with to amuse your furry little Einstein?

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Gift Ideas for Pets

By Lyndsay Marvin

The holidays are almost here! If you’re anything like us, you love to spoil your pets. It’s always fun watching them sniff their little gift boxes while trying to rip them open. To make holiday shopping easier, we put together a list of great gifts for dogs and cats. Of course don't forget BOGO Bowl foods - they're the gift that gives year round!

FOR THE DOGS

PupJoy Subscription Box1: PupJoy Subscription
PupJoy is pawsome because boxes are customized by and for you so your furry family gets exactly what they want! We're big fans.

 

 

 

Kong Cozies2: KONG Cozies, Marvin the Moose, stuffed toy
KONG is a pet and pet-parent favorite. Marvin the Moose comes in multiple sizes, and he is stuffed with a squeaker and fluff.

 

 

Sculpey3: Sculpey Keepsake Deluxe Pawprint Kit
This keepsake pawprint kit is perfect for both dogs and cats. There’s no better way to remember your pet by taking a clay mold of their paw prints. Plus, you can hang it on the tree as an ornament!

 

 

Winter Paws Boots4: Winter Paw Protector Dog Boots Waterproof Soft Sole and Nonslip Set of 4 Color Black
These booties are perfect for winter. They protect your dog’s paws from snow, rain, and the cold. They have a reflective stripe, which is great for making sure people see your pup. They are great year-round, too, when the cement is really hot in the summer!

 

Einstein Organic Pet Treats5: Einstein Pets Organic Pet Treats
Most dogs love treats, that much is known. These gourmet cookies are great for the holidays because they are Christmas-themed! They come in a cute gift box, as well.

 

 

Crunchkins Edible Card6: Crunchkins Edible Holiday Card
For dogs who love to chew what could be more fun than their very own card?

 

 

 

Puppy Scoops7: Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix for Dogs: Maple Bacon - Add Water and Freeze at Home
The idea of doggy ice cream is really cute. Humans love ice cream; why can’t dogs have their own, too?! Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make.

 

 

sweatshirt8: Tzou Adidog Hoodie Pet Clothes Dog Sweatshirt
It’s a fact that the weather is getting colder. It’s important to make sure your pooch is warm! We love this Adidog hoodie; it’s cute and efficient!

 

 

FOR THE CATS

meowbox1: MeowBox Subscription
Cats need subscription love too! This is a monthly subscription box for cats filled with fun unique cat toys and healthy goodies for your kitty.

 

 

catisgood2: Cat Is Good 12 Piece "Pounce on It" Gift Pack
This gift pack is perfect for cats. It contains 12 toys; all of which your kitty will love!

 

 

 

catit3: Catit Relaxation
This cool contraption offers 360° of relaxation for your cat! It massages your kitty, and there’s a hidden compartment for catnip. They’ll love it!

 

 

 

paws-cat4: PAWZ Road Pet Cat Happy Christmas Gift Set
This stocking is perfect for Christmas: you can hang it on the mantle just like your human stockings! Your cat won’t feel left out. It’s full of toys so your kitty will be happy!

 

 

 

catamazing5: Cat Amazing - Best Cat Toy Ever! Interactive Treat Maze & Puzzle Game for Cats
This interactive treat maze and puzzle game is great for entertaining your kitty. They will love it! It will keep them engaged for hours. Okay maybe not that long, but long enough to keep them from jumping in your Christmas tree!

 

 

zenden6: Kitty Zen Den
If this came in human size we'd probably get ourselves one, too! Warm. Snuggly. Mmmm....

 

 

 

pectue7: Pecute Cat Hammock Kitten Hanging Hammock Bed Pad Pet Cat Cage Comforter
Does your cat like to lounge around? Who are we kidding, of course they do! This hanging hammock bed fits perfectly in the cat’s cage. Now they can lounge in style!

 

 

cat-tunnel8: Cat Tunnel Toy - 3 Way Fun Run to Keep Kitty Entertained, Exercising and Playing Games
Want a great way to keep your cat entertained? This cat tunnel toy is perfect! It folds up easily, so it won’t take up too much space.

 

 

Any of these would be a great gift for your fur baby. We hope you have a great holiday season!

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