It is a sad truth that pets age quicker than people. A dog year is equivalent to 15 human years, where as cats age rapidly the first two years of their life (roughly 25 human years) then slow down to age 4-5 human years per a 12 month period. Pets are an important part of the family and they deserve the right care in their older state. Here are four ways to accommodate an aging pet.
1. Clear the way
An older pet will likely have weaker eyesight and hearing. This disables them from properly navigating the house, especially at night. Keep your house clear of obstructive objects such as toys, clothes, shoes, and other articles on the floor. You can put your pet’s bed and belongings in one area to make it easier for them to reach their things.
2. Provide comfort
Your pets mobility will begin to slow down as they grow older. Pets at this stage of their life require extra comfort and care. Cats prefer warmth which makes blankets a great option for them. A cozy pet bed is perfect for older dogs. If your pet prefers sleeping with you, give them a separate blanket and pillow to lounge on. Stay on top of your pet’s medical needs to make sure they are facing any discomfort. You should ask your pet’s veterinarian about specific care tips for your dog or cat.
3. Accept their mishaps
Elderly dogs and cats are not fully in control of their bodies and that includes their bladders. Be patient with your pet and accept their aged state. Older pets will likely go around the house because they cannot hold their bladder. Purchase a special carpet deodorizer or invest in an odor-eliminating air purifier to contain long-term urine smells trapped in your carpet.
Move your cat’s litterbox closer to them or take your dog in the backyard to use the bathroom if they cannot walk for long periods of time. Purchase a special carpet deodorizer or invest in an odor-eliminating air purifier to contain long-term urine smells trapped in your carpet.
4. Shower them with love
The most important thing you can do for your beloved pet during the later stages of their life is to give them your full support and love. Dogs and cats who have been in a family for years have a special attachment to their owners and vice versa. You can show your pet that you love by playing with them, petting them, and giving them your unwavering attention. Your dog or cat will remember you most for the affection you showed them.
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About the Author: Fatima is a multimedia journalist and recent graduate of The University of Texas School of Journalism. She is an avid fan of fluffy animals and comedy shows. In her free time, Fatima enjoys photography.