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Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets

Guest Post by Staff Writers,Caring.com

Pet ownership can bring plenty of unexpected benefits to seniors. For starters, research shows that older adults who own a dog walk an average of Senior Man bench with dog22 minutes a day more than seniors who don’t have a dog, and pets are even used in therapy techniques to help seniors with mental illness or dementia. While the benefits to pet ownership for older adults are numerous, there are also unique challenges when bringing your pet to an assisted living community, including some communities’ lack of space and restrictive pet policies

Benefits and Risks of a Pet in an Assisted Living Facility
The benefits of owning a pet for older adults are undeniable. However, when bringing a pet into an assisted living facility, there are also some risks that should be carefully considered.
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Right New Pet for You – Ways To Determine

Tips and Advice for First-time Pet Owners

Guest Post by Jessica Brody, with organization  Our Best Friends   

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Meeting Pet First Time

To alleviate new pet’s nervousness, the family should meet their new pet outside, one at a time. Avoid looking the animal directly in the eyes. Also, avoid over-petting, or playing roughly, as this may cause your new pet to react negatively.

Pet Fits Your Lifestyle

People have different types of personalities that refer to their unique nature. Like humans, pets are also diverse in temperament, social skills and the ability to exude feelings like happiness and sadness.

When people seek out a new addition to the family, it’s understandable they want the cuddliest or most attractive pet. However, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle and how welcoming a new animal into your home will also affect him or her. Whether you’re a cat or dog lover, here are some tips to determine what breed or type of pet best suits you. Here’s some advice for making some basic adjustments that can help you acclimate your new friend into your home.

Welcoming Your Pet HomeNew home for pets Couple sitting with their dog

Dogs are the most popular pet, and with good reason, as they are devoted, affectionate and proven to make humans healthier. According to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 60.2 million dogs are currently housed within the U.S.

You don’t have to have a dog in order to make your life more pleasurable. The size of your home should correlate to the size of your pet. Small dogs such as Chihuahuas, dachshunds, and pugs are all great for apartment living. Meanwhile medium and large dogs, like golden retrievers, do better with ample space and lots of room to play and roam.

Pet Proofing Home

Once you’ve chosen your new pet, prepare your home in a way that’s comforting yet regimented to reduce anxiety. Begin pet-proofing your home by hiding all cords and moving plants to a more secure space. Also, make sure you have all the necessary tools to clean up after your pet. A high-quality vacuum will be very helpful in removing pet dander and hair. Make sure to check out some online reviews so you choose the best model.

 Pets and PersonalityMale Pet Sitter in Warrensburg on a bed loving up grey cat.

Your new pet says more about you than you may think. A study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, based personality traits such as openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion and neuroticism, those who expressed the most love for their animal were found to be the most neurotic.

This isn’t necessarily a bad trait to have. In fact, it’s actually good for your pet, because the more love you give them. The more likely you are to notice when something is off, such as an illness, change in personality, or needs that aren’t being met. This trait will also become handy if you choose to take in a rescue dog, who may show signs of nervousness, or an elderly dog, who may need more care.

Additionally, all animals display independence to an extent. While some are more independent than others, there are breeds that thrive on being able to express their innate undomesticated nature, such as retrievers or hounds who display a tremendous amount of stamina.

Pets Best Suited Be Indoors

Indoor pets are best suited for cuddles, acting as indoor alert systems and for picking up fallen objects around the home. This is why indoor cats, as well as small dogs, are ideal if you’re not considered active or if you just want a companion to talk to. Other animals, such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds, are also great companions. However, if loyalty is a big factor for you, remember that while some animals show affection more generously, others may not be as affectionate.

Pets And Routines

Furthermore, create a schedule that gets your pet used to any routines, such as playtime, mealtime, naptime, and grooming. While you won’t have to bathe your pet every day, it’s important to implement an oral hygiene care plan into your furry friend’s daily life.

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This is especially true for dogs. Just like with people, pups that don’t receive regular dental care are at risk for plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease, and tooth loss. Also, potentially even more harmful conditions like heart and liver disease. To keep your pet healthy and get them comfortable with an oral care routine, aim to start brushing their teeth at least a couple of times a week. Implement to their diet raw veggies (like carrots and squash) given as snacks.  Chew toys, and breath-freshening specialty chews can also keep your dog’s mouth healthy, and you can introduce these right away.

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This is also a good time to put together an emergency plan that takes your pet into consideration. This should include an emergency kit (food, litter box, toys, etc.) and an emergency contact in the event something happens at your home. Having a list of hotels that are pet-friendly will also give you peace of mind and prevent any additional stress you’ll likely feel in the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pets Good For Mental Health

New Home PetsDogs and cats are great therapists. Ask anyone who has been through heartbreak with a pet, and she will tell you that her dog or cat helped her pull through. And it’s not just that dogs and cats are non-judgmental. Pets help us heal in a myriad of other ways, some of which are just now being discovered. It’s no wonder, then, that people with mental illness and recovering addicts place so much stock in their animal companions. If animals help with everyday sadness and despair, imagine how they help those who are mired in depression, obsession, or the craving for a fix.  Continue reading Pets Good For Mental Health

Finding Home For You And Your Pet

Moving is always exciting and stressful. The joys of finding a new home can be overwhelmed by house-hunting, packing, and financial pressure. Even if you know your new place is much better, moving can create anxiety.

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Couple relaxing with their dog in new house

That’s very true for your pet dog or cat. In fact, anxiety and stress can be worse since they do not understand what moving means. Read on for some tips on how to find a new home for you and your pet, including finding the right home. Continue reading Finding Home For You And Your Pet

Signs Your Cat Loves You

                              10 Signs Of Cat Love

1. Head Butting-(‘bunting’), cat is rubbing his scent on you and saying ‘you’re mine’.

2. Power Purring: purr is loud, vibrating, powerful, know your                                                                                                 cat is feeling loved.

3. Kneading– cat is kneading your lap, especially if drooling at  the same time,                                                                      sure sign of love.

4. Licking You licks and grooms you, (often your hair or ears) he is welcoming                                                                    you as a member of the family and showing his love.

5. Belly Up  asking for a belly rub is a sign of supreme trust, and a subtle                                                                          request for love and attention.

6Tail Twitching tail action is a clear indicator of their mood.                                                                                               Cat holds their tail in the air with the end tip twitching is feeling extremely happy.

7. Sleeping on You Cats like to feel safe and secure when they are sleeping,                                                                           cat decides to sleep on your lap or right along side you, a huge compliment                                                                              and you know you’re well-loved and trusted.

8. Slow Blinking cat stares at you, then blinks, then open his eyes wide                                                                                 and blinks again he’s saying “I love you.

 9. Love Bites Not all cats will engage in love bites, but when they do,                                                                                  you’ll know that they think you are really special.

10. Giving Gifts  sharing their prey prize with you is the                                                                                                      ultimate sign of friendship and love.

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