It’s no surprise that pets are fantastic for elderly loved ones. Did you know that interacting with an animal for just 15 minutes can trigger a chemical reaction in your brain that decreases your heart rate & blood pressure, and improves your overall happiness? Read on to learn why a pet cat is an ideal choice for the elderly.
Cats Are Rather Independent
One of the most appealing aspects of cats is how low-maintenance they are. Cats do not require grooming because they take care of most of their own personal hygiene. Cats, on average, have fewer health problems than dogs, though this varies depending on the species. For family members on a tight budget, being able to plan just one in-home health check for a cat per year rather than multiple trips to the vet for various injuries and illnesses can save a lot of money.
Indoor Cats Are Content
Cats, unlike dogs, are content to spend their entire lives indoors as long as they get enough exercise. In fact, after a cat has been raised as an ‘indoor cat’ it may actively reject going outside! Because cats are naturally territorial, they get their kicks from protecting their own palace rather than exploring new ones, aging loved ones with cats never have to feel bad about a lack of outdoor stimulation.
Cats Are Excellent Companions
Felines may not have the same sloppy grins as dogs, but they are very devoted companions. Some cats enjoy cuddling, especially in laps that aren’t moved very often. Other cats prefer to sleep toward the bed’s foot. Most cats are pleased to simply hang around in or near your room, watching and feeling a part of it all. They’re the ideal companions for those who prefer to be left alone.
Cats Go to the Bathroom By Themselves
Litter boxes are unattractive, but they’re a lot easier to deal with than an animal that needs to be let outdoors on a regular basis. Instead of leaning down at the dog park to scoop feces, cats do their business in the same spot every day, allowing you to replace their litter on a regular basis or even have a caretaker do it for you. Cats are dependable and predictable, which are excellent characteristics to have.
Cats Need Less Physical Activity
Even the most sedentary dog requires exercise. Cats are significantly more independent and are better at providing exercise for themselves. Playing with a cat can be a stationary pastime – such as wiggling a laser pointer – while yet allowing the animal to wander around. Loved ones who are ready to construct cat climbing ‘trees’ or bookshelves will find that their cats are even happier.
Located in Richmond, Virginia, Seaton Chesterfield is a lovely retirement community and a safe haven for your feline friends. Many of our residents are aging individuals with pets. We are committed to providing aging adults with the companionship, support, and engagement they need to maintain overall well-being.