Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

by Lois Etienne on June 19, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

June is ‘Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.’ Cats make great companions for people of all ages and walks of life. Whether you are an active single in a small apartment in the city, live with your family with children in a house in the suburbs or live alone in a retirement home, a cat can be your ideal pet.

Cats are especially great for seniors as they can provide companionship and actually improve health.

Getting older can lead to loneliness or even depression, especially when folks retire or lose their spouse, or when their children move away. Some seniors become depressed simply because they do not get out and about as much anymore. Studies show that pets help seniors overcome loneliness and depression by providing affection, company, entertainment and a sense of responsibility and purpose. Seniors with pets tend to get up, talk and smile much more than when there are no pets around.

Even though cats require fairly minimal care, the care they do require provides much-needed exercise for older owners. Even seniors who have arthritis or other physical limitations can easily care for cats. Because cats need us to care for them by scooping their boxes, feeding them and giving them fresh water, cats get us up and moving whether we want to or not! Caring for and feeding a cat calls for routines and activities seniors might not otherwise have, providing important mental stimulation. This not only benefits senior citizens’ overall health, but can help them live longer and healthier lives.

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