Multiple research has shown that pets can alleviate loneliness in older people by motivating them to head out of the house, mingle around and increase their social interaction. In addition, some pets, such as dogs, require walks and physical activities frequently, thus providing opportunities for loved ones to exercise and get their heart rate going. All these can contribute to reducing stress levels and lowering blood pressure. In other words, their mental and physical health will be improved. Therefore, here are some of the best pets for loved ones.
If your loved one lacks mobility and cannot head outdoors many a times, there’s no better pet to own than cats. This adorable and sometimes grumpy furry friend is low-maintenance as they can be happy simply staying indoors and do not make much noise, which is especially helpful in avoiding any confrontations with neighbors. However, that does not mean they do not enjoy playtime. Do remind your loved ones to take some time out of their day to interact and bond with their cats. Activities can include dangling a toy and playing games using a feather wand. For specific breeds, we recommend selecting British Shorthair, Russian Blue, and Scottish Blue.
Of course, this list will not be completed without mentioning man’s best friend – dogs. Dogs are incredibly loyal animals, sticking by their owners and protecting them all the time. They differ from cats based on their activity levels. Unlike cats which are more of an indoor animal, dogs require walks to stay fit and love being outside. In fact, if they could live in the yard, they would. As such, it’s crucial that your loved ones have the ability to walk their dogs and engage with them. Popular breeds for older people are Poodles, Boston Terriers, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Just like cats, rabbits make for a great indoor animal. They’re low-maintenance, quiet, and can thrive without having to head outdoors all the time. There’s also a low chance of them dirtying the place as most prefer to rely on a litter box. On a day-to-day basis, playtime should occur as a form of exercise for both your loved ones and the rabbits. While indoor playtime is fine, it’s recommended to bring them out in a protected area for outdoor activities once in a while.
What’s great about installing aquariums in the home is that they are relatively easy to maintain while making a great focal point to bring family and friends together. In addition, it has been said that gazing at aquarium fishes is particularly beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease due to its calming properties. All your loved ones need to do is get a good filter and balance the water chemistry levels in order to provide an ideal home for their fish. They could decorate the aquariums with hiding places and faux plants to add some personalized touch. When it comes to daily responsibilities, owners are required to feed their fishes daily, test the water weekly, and vacuum the gravel on a monthly basis.