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Benefits of Pets for Seniors

 

elderly-man-and-catIt’s widely known that pets can positively affect our health. But did you know that pet guardians over age 65 make 30 percent fewer doctor visits than those without pets?

Here are some health benefits to caring for a pet, particularly for seniors:

  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
  • Pet guardians have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • Alzheimer’s patients suffer less stress and have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a pet in the home.
  • Pet guardians are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • Pets can boost overall wellbeing by helping us find meaning and joy in life. As we age, we may lose things that previously occupied our time and gave our life purpose, such as a family or career. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure, help boost morale and optimism, and provide a sense of self-worth.
  • Source: http://www.helpguide.org/life/pets.htm

To read more about the health benefits of pet guardianship, including those specific to seniors and Alzheimer’s patients, please click here.


Cat Care Tips for Senior Adopters

Here are some cat care tips for senior adopters:

  • Cats require litter boxes that need regular cleaning. Since cats are good jumpers, consider putting the litter box on an elevated table that won’t require you to bend or lift. For less active kitties, cat stairs can be placed near the table.
  • If your pet needs medication, keep it separate from your own. Use colored tape or stickers to identify pet prescriptions, making sure it’s on the bottle, not the cap (it’s easy to put the cap back on the wrong bottle).
  • Poor eyesight or balance can cause people to trip over pets. A brightly colored collar with a bell attached will increase awareness of a pet’s whereabouts.
  • Arthritic hands can make grooming difficult, but brushes and combs with extra large handles can help. A short-haired kitty can reduce grooming needs as well.
  • Make sure your new pet is well matched to your abilities and your environment.
  • Source: http://www.purrfectpals.org/About/SeniorsProgram.asp

Seniors and Seniors: A Purrfect Match

Older cats can make wonderful additions to any family. We especially recommend them for our senior adopters.

      • Older cats are laid-back and trained.
      • While many older cats are still curious and entertaining, they don’t require tons of active playtime, often preferring to curl up in their guardian’s lap for a purr-filled nap. This may be a special advantage for those with limited mobility.
      • Cats enjoy the warm room temperatures that seniors often prefer.

Resources for Senior Pet Guardians

There are two services that provide support specifically for senior pet guardians in the New York City area:

  • Based out of Queens, Sunnyside Community Services offers the Pet Pals program in conjunction with its other life-enhancing programs, including a center for active adults that offers hot meals, home care services, and respite resources for family caregivers. The Pet Pals program matches housebound seniors with volunteers that provide a full range of pet care services, such as buying pet food, walking your pet, and grooming.

 

Be sure to check out Silver Whiskers to see our wonderful senior kitties available for adoption right now!

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  • Meet Harrison, one of the many cats our rescuers are taking care of. He was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and FIV+. The excessive hormones affect each of his organs, including an increased metabolism. This constant stimulation can eventually lead to heart failure. Harrison needs to get surgery NEXT WEEK, but the cost can run up to $2,500. His medication alone already costs $100/month. We want to get him healthy so he can find this #RescueCat a forever home! Will you chip in to help permanently cure Harrison’s hyperthyroidism? Link in profile: http://ow.ly/p6n230dKNys #meow #cat #cats #adoptdontshop #rescuecat #feralcat #catsofinstagram #instacat #instacats #instakitty #kitty #kittenlover #kittycat #cute #cateyes #rescuepetsofinstagram #pet #cutecatcrew #rescuecatsrock #catlady #crazycatlady #whiskerwednesday #rescuecats #feline #specialneedscat

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    brooklynanimalaction: "Thurgood + Liberace; The bonded brother's that could! These sweet 8 month old kittens are “world champion cuddlers and trained dancers.” They prance around their foster home, full of joy and enthusiasm for life—curious, spirited, and loving, despite their humble beginnings. They adore humans and will make any forever family the happiest in the world. They can't wait to be the loves in your life!
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Living the rough life of street cats wasn’t in the cards for Thurgood (full orange tabby) and Liberace (white and orange tabby). They were fortunate enough to be rescued and put into a foster home, with a surrogate kitty mama to teach them the wonderful ways of the domestic cat. These bonded siblings are now more than ready for someone who will call them their own and will add twice the love and fun to your home!
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Thurgood is the more outgoing one, very friendly, curious and energetic, while his brother Liberace likes to hang back and watch how Thurgood fares before engaging himself. ♡
Thurgood and Liberace are neutered, up to date on vaccines, and FeLV/FIV negative. If you’d like to meet this amazing duo, contact Tara at catsbkny@gmail.com!

Thank you for thinking of animals in need - your support allows us to help the next furry sweetheart!"
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  • WINK, it's only Wednesday! Meet, ZOE: a Special Sweetheart's Story... This pretty kitty with a bubblegum pink nose, Zoe, was rescued from a backyard in Brooklyn, where she was persistently friendly and unfailingly good-natured, searching for the right person to take her in. It worked, and she found herself a hero! However, Zoe unfortunately had a very bad infection in her eye, which had to be removed for her own good. ✧ But this little detail doesn’t stop Zoe for a second. She thinks she’s as pretty as ever—and we’re inclined to agree with her! Having one eye doesn’t impact on her health, her mobility, or her personality. In fact, she’s feeling happier and healthier than ever without the infection, and her gratitude for being saved can barely be contained. Zoe loves to be pet and to prove it, she’ll roll over onto her back and show off her belly, the ultimate sign of trust. All this, and her precious purr just keeps on rumbling. We can hardly believe how sweet and friendly she is—which ju...

    brooklynanimalaction: "WINK, it's only Wednesday! Meet, ZOE: a Special Sweetheart's Story...
This pretty kitty with a bubblegum pink nose, Zoe, was rescued from a backyard in Brooklyn, where she was persistently friendly and unfailingly good-natured, searching for the right person to take her in. It worked, and she found herself a hero! However, Zoe unfortunately had a very bad infection in her eye, which had to be removed for her own good.
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But this little detail doesn’t stop Zoe for a second. She thinks she’s as pretty as ever—and we’re inclined to agree with her! Having one eye doesn’t impact on her health, her mobility, or her personality. In fact, she’s feeling happier and healthier than ever without the infection, and her gratitude for being saved can barely be contained. Zoe loves to be pet and to prove it, she’ll roll over onto her back and show off her belly, the ultimate sign of trust. All this, and her precious purr just keeps on rumbling. We can hardly believe how sweet and friendly she is—which just goes to show that you can’t keep a good kitty down.
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Zoe is approximately 4 years old, spayed, and current on vaccines. She tested negative for felv/FIV. She’s all-around healthy and ready to meet you! Plus, she can go to a home with or without another cat! If you’d like to schedule a playdate with this special girl, contact Tara Green at catsbkny@gmail.com! ✧
Thank you for thinking of animals in need - your support allows us to help the next furry sweetheart!"
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