Today I want to talk about our senior (5 years and older) cats. These lovable animals have many good years of love left – making them ideal pets for senior citizens. If you are 59 years of age or older all adoption fees for these cats are waived. The cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped; this is over a $400 value for free if you are a senior citizen.
Why is YHS so interested in finding senior adopters for our senior cats? According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society there are many health benefits for seniors who have a pet or two. In fact, the Journal states there are many benefits for the seniors, the pets and society as a whole. Geriatric researchers found seniors with pets more active than seniors without pets and they score higher in their ability to carry out normal activities of daily living. Many positive effects on physical well-being are identified, including a healthy ability to fend off isolation and loneliness.
The Journal report says that pet ownership has a statistically significant effect on the physical health of older people. Further, the care-taking role involved in pet ownership may provide older people a sense of purpose and responsibility and encourages them to be less apathetic and more active in day-to-day activities. In fact, researchers found that elderly people who lacked strong social support (family and friends) remained relatively emotionally healthy during life-crises compared with non-pet-owners placed in similar situations. The evidence demonstrates that pets provide real health benefits to the elderly.
More here: Senior Cats for Senior Citizens