Things to consider before having a pet
When choosing a pet for an elderly relative, be sure to consider:
If you have problems with mobility, small pets that often get under your feet might lead to falling. Moreover, pets like dogs can demand more freedom outdoors, which causes inconvenience if you cannot walk with them daily.
Allergies or health concerns
Some seniors may have allergies or health concerns that make it difficult to care for a pet.
Age of the pet
Sometimes having a mature pet is more suitable for the elderly than young and untrained pets. The mature pets have more discipline and calmer towards the owners, which reduces the chance of hurting the elderly by accident.
Each pet can provide different benefits for the elderly. You should identify the needs and wants of the seniors to decide which pets are suitable.
Caring for the pet
Even highly independent pets like cats and birds still need a certain level of care. You have to feed them, clean and meet their other needs to keep your pets well and happy.
Cognitive or memory impairment
Seniors with cognitive or memory impairment may not be able to care for a pet properly, which can lead to neglect or harm to the animal. Although pets prove to have a positive impact on dementia patients, the elderly might need an extra hand to care for the pets.