Different animals need differing levels of resources, energy, and dedication. Some pets are great for energetic persons or those who enjoy a challenge and are willing to devote a significant amount of time and effort to caring for a pet. Other pets are excellent for those who are on a tight budget, have smaller living spaces, or don’t have as much energy to expend. Read on to learn about the best pets for older adults.
While a huge aquarium may not be the ideal choice for an older adult, most people can manage a small bowl or aquarium. Betta fishes are small-space, solitary fishes that are also incredibly colorful and entertaining to watch. These and other tiny freshwater fishes can make wonderful pets for older adults. A smaller tank size will allow for easy water changes and cleaning. Some specific filters, lighting, and frequent feeding will be necessary, but once it is all in place, the maintenance of a fish is manageable, especially when automatic feeders are used.
Cats are excellent companions for older adults who do not have the ability or endurance to walk a dog but still desire a friend. Many older adults choose short-haired cats as pets because they are quieter than dogs, clean themselves, and are more independent. Long-haired cats will take a little more effort since they may need to be groomed or brushed, but any cat is a fine choice for an older adult. Cats have distinct personalities and don’t need a yard or a stroll to relieve themselves.
Many older adults want a dog but are aware that they are physically incapable of caring for an active, big pet. This is why little dogs make excellent companions for older adults. Here are some suggested dog breeds. All of these breeds can live in smaller houses and do not need large backyards to receive enough exercise. They are also of small enough size to be securely walked and picked up by the majority of older adults.
- The Maltese are tiny yet tough. They make excellent lapdogs, although they do require regular grooming.
- Shih Tzus are also endearing small dogs for older adults. They do need to be groomed regularly, but they are excellent for older adults to walk with.
- Compared to other breeds, Cavaliers are gentle, calm, and require little maintenance. They weigh only roughly 15 pounds when fully matured.
Insects and Spiders
If insects and spiders do not frighten you, try one of these invertebrate pets for an older adult. Insects are silent, need little room, and are simple to maintain. Spiders consume other insects and are a wonderful substitute for having pet fish without having to change the water.
Choose Discovery Village At Dominion
At Discovery Village At Dominion, we strive to provide our residents with convenience and comfort so that they may live healthy, meaningful lives. Pets are welcome to join our world-class retirement community as we recognize how important pets are for many older adults. Residents may look forward to senior living in our pet-friendly community with their beloved pets.