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 can 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.

Dogs need owners who are mobile enough to walk them regularly. The amount of time one has to dedicate for playing, grooming or physical activity will depend on the breed of dog. Small breeds such as the Maltese for instance, can get along fine with less walking but are on the other hand very playful. For humans, going for walks together in the fresh air is not only good for the health but also makes contact with fellow beings easier. Friendships can even develop from this with fellow pet owners.

First stop when looking for a pet is the animal sanctuary. For small animals, birds and fish, specialist pet shops like your local Maxi Zoo 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.