As a member of the Blogpaws Community, I knew, with Aunty Peanut watching, that I would spotlight August as Senior Pets Month celebrating all things senior, and introduce you to The Boss, First and Best Cat.
Why focus on seniors? Well, with the advances in pet medical research, nutrition and general care, we pets are living longer, and happier lives. Sure, we change, maybe not jumping like a kitten or running like a greyhound but, if people make an effort to adapt to and continue to love pets, then seniors continue to have a strong place is pet society.
OK, as Aunty Peanut is now 17, what changes have we, as a family, had to make to acknowledge her ‘seniority’? She now has a small set of steps to reach Mum’s bed, enjoys senior cat kibble, and spends a lot more time asleep. Us younger cats move around to accommodate The Boss and she has has a 6 monthly checkup, not an annual one.
I would like to quote from an excellent senior pets article on the Blogpaws site that I think is important while referring to a dog, its meaning is much more general :-
- Whatever the case, growing old is a mindset. Yes, we should always take precautions when a dog is older but never should we simply “give up” or “stop playing.” Modify the methods but keep the dog moving in some way, shape, or do-able form. A bored dog will get used to a boring lifestyle, after all.
People ADAPT, and continue to LOVE their pets, and the more we push this, the better it will be for us all, and the fewer heartbreaking seniors will be dumped at kill shelters * angry growl *. We have also, in our AnimalSOS column, covered a few desperate cases of senior and junior pals left behind due to ‘owner decease’, and we will be covering Estate Planning in more details as part of Senior Pet Month. Seniors have a lot to offer, don’t turn one away if the opportunity to adopt crosses your path!