Senior pets are often overlooked by people passing through animal shelters, yet they still have a lot of love left to give. I make it a point to adopt older animals, although lately fate has seen fit to toss stray kittens into my path.
In honor of November being Adopt a Senior Pet Month, here are some reasons to share your life with an older cat or dog:
No annoying kitten or puppy behaviors. Kittens and puppies are cute, or at least until they start chewing everything in sight, climbing the curtains, and doing other typical (and destructive) young animal antics. Seniors are generally much more settled.
You'll know the animal's personality. Puppies and kittens take time to fully develop their personalities, while seniors are already fully developed. What an outgoing kitty? Prefer a laid-back pooch? Adopt an adult and you'll get your wish, no matter what personality you prefer.
You won't have to mess with potty training. Many older pets are already potty trained, so you won't have to go through the long (and often messy) process.
You'll save a life. Older dogs and cats are euthanized at a much higher rate than puppies and kittens because adopters pass them by. Give a senior a new lease on life and he or she will pay you back with endless love.
If you adopt a senior pet, check out this list of products to help make life more comfortable for your older cat or dog.