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5 Alternative Pet Options for Seniors

Posted by Alyssa Ball on Aug 21, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Senior woman in red sweater holding a guinea pig

The companionship and affection that pets offer can help seniors reduce their and live longer. The benefits of owning a pet for seniors are endless, but they have to be careful when deciding which pet to choose. Cats and dogs have been known to pose risks for seniors, but there are alternative pet options. Learn about other pet options below!

1. Fish

Fish are allergy-free pets that require little maintenance. Daily feeding, weekly water testing, and monthly gravel vacuuming is all seniors have to worry about, giving them more time to sit back and relax as they enjoy the fish. The movement and vibrant colors of the fish create a calming environment for seniors, and they are known to reduce stress and anxiety. 

2. Birds

A bird is another low-maintenance pet that is great for seniors. They are playful, gorgeous, and sing beautiful songs. Canaries, finches, and parakeets make for great pets, and they are not as expensive as some larger birds. The noises from these birds can be soothing for seniors. 

3. Rabbits

Rabbits can be kept inside or outside, depending on what the senior prefers. They can easily be house trained for seniors wanting some company. Rabbits come in various types, colors, and sizes and are generally quiet animals. They are the perfect cuddle buddies on the couch.

4. Reptiles

Reptiles are low-maintenance pets and require less attention than dogs or cats. They also aren't too fast and are easy to feed. If a senior accidentally neglects the pet in some way, it is less likely to suffer any consequences as a dog or cat would. They are exotic animals that don't pose much risk, making it a fun pet for seniors to have around.

5. Rodents

Guinea pigs and gerbils are excellent beginner rodents for those looking for a pet. Seniors will love that they are easy to maintain and require less space than other pets. They can provide therapeutic benefits when it comes to handling and stroking their fur. Rodents may not be the first pet that comes to mind for seniors, but they are known as good pets for beginners. 

At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!

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Topics: Seniors and Pets

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