Seniors and pets. A pet keeps you young & on the move

Dogs, cats, birds & co already enrich the homes of millions of senior citizens. There they provide an antidote against loneliness and boredom. And they’ve been proven to have a positive effect on health. Which animals are the most suitable as pets depends on individual needs and means. Experts from Maxi Zoo help decide on an animal housemate.

People with both legs planted firmly in working life often have little time for a house pet. The situation is different in old age – animal lovers acquire a pet then because they can devote their full time and attention to it. The daily duties bring a structure and variety to life and that keeps the owner fit in both body and soul. The good thing about animals is they accept their owners as they are – it doesn’t matter in the slightest whether they are young or old. Basically, any animal would be suitable for older people. In the end, it’s always a very personal decision, depending on preference and also state of health.

Birds are lively, alert and constantly provide an appropriate background sound. This can quickly dispel the feeling of loneliness. They are ideally caged in pairs which scarcely increases the amount of care required. Budgerigars are particularly popular and, given lots of patience, can even learn to speak. Some parrots, such as large Birds , are not considered suitable as pets due to their long life expectancy among other things.

First stop when looking for a pet is the animal sanctuary. For small animals, birds and fish, specialist pet shops are a good idea. But first of all, senior citizens should be absolutely clear who can take over caring for their pet in the event of illness, care dependency or even death.

Call into your local store today to discuss your bird’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.