5 Reasons Why a Senior Should Adopt an Adult Cat

Senior Care in Medford NJ: 5 Reasons Why a Senior Should Adopt an Adult Cat

Senior Care in Medford NJ: 5 Reasons Why a Senior Should Adopt an Adult Cat

Cats are often considered to be the ideal pets for senior citizens. After all, studies show that petting and playing with a dog or cat can significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also relaxing and makes the owner feel good. Of course, in addition to all the benefits of owning a cat is a lot of work. However, adult cats are a lot less work than kittens, which make older cats more attractive as pets for senior owners.

Here are 5 wonderful reasons why seniors should adopt an adult cat as a pet:

1. Adult cats are easier to care for than kittens. Like humans, the younger versions of the species are active and undisciplined most of the time. Kittens can get into a lot of things and cause damage, have accidents and expend a lot of energy. Adult cats are more likely to relax and sleep for several hours in the day, are already litterbox trained, and are much less mischievous and curious. If the elderly loved one can’t do tasks like feeding them or cleaning out the litterbox, the tasks should be coordinated with family members or senior care assistants.

2. Adult cats enjoy a slower-paced lifestyle. Seniors usually want a companion animal that they can pet, brush and cuddle with. Adult cats are generally content to be handled and will sleep on or near their owners through much of the day. Unlike dogs that need walked frequently or kittens that have high energy needs, adult cats fit the needs of an elderly person quite well. Often, all they want is a warm and comfortable napping place and some treats from their favorite person.

3. Adult cats aren’t as destructive. Kittens will chew and scratch on everything as they explore their home and develop teeth and claws. From books and strings, to plants, shoes, chairs and couches, there are plenty of things for kittens to bite and scratch. Adult cats rarely chew on items and most are content to scratch on scratching posts or a single favorite spot. An adult cat’s personality is already well-established, so it’s easy to tell whether or not the cat is the destructive type or not before adopting.

4. Adult cats can largely take care of themselves. Unlike kittens that need lots of supervision and management, adult cats can pretty much take care of themselves. They can groom themselves, eat just about any type of food without a sensitive stomach and can remove themselves from a situation they don’t like until they are ready to come back around. Adult cats also know how to handle themselves around dogs, other cats and children—they will either love it and integrate or dislike it and hide until the coast is clear.

5. Adult cats may have no other chance for a home. The bad news is that many wonderful adult cats end up in shelters for multiple reasons that usually have nothing to do with them. Their owners may move or pass away, they may have run away or gotten lost, or they may have been abandoned. Adopting an adult cat is an ideal way to give a deserving animal a home where they can provide attention and love to an elderly person.

Family caregivers should take the time to recognize what a positive impact an adult cat could have on an elderly loved one’s life. Before going out and buying a cute little kitten, seniors should realize that an adult cat may be a better companion after all.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Medford, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-439-1300.

About Mariela Vila Mc Carrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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