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Top 5 Reasons Why Senior Pets are Awesome

Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.

 

1. What You See is What You Get

Image Source // Pibble Life
Image Source // Pibble Life

There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. We make it a breeze to find your perfect fit!

 

2. House Training? What House Training?

Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services
Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though – if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.

 

3. They Have Indoor Manners You Can be Proud of

Image Source // Seattle Humane
Image Source // Seattle Humane

Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!

 

4. No Chill Pills Needed Here!

Image Source // Seattle Humane
Image Source // Seattle Humane

Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.

 

5. They Make the Best Pets For Kids

Image Source // Today.com
Image Source // Today.com

Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, well-mannered, and calm, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old senior stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.

Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Pepper is a beautiful 12-year-old girl who has been in our care since last October. She’s currently living in a loving foster home, because she is highly stressed at the shelter.  Pepper enjoys being around people, but more as an observer. She’s a social, but quiet girl, who will welcome her friends and strangers alike with a simple head bump. You can win her over with a good under-the- chin scratch! This little lady isn’t demanding, but she is sensitive to change, and will need a perfectly kept powder room to keep her happy. Add some spice to your life and meet Pepper today!

Pepper is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more or meet Pepper, please contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.

And, great news! Pepper will be featured at our Meow Mixer tomorrow night, come enjoy some snacks and wine while getting to know this sweet kitty!

 

Meet the gorgeous Pepper, a 12-year-old sweetheart ready to become your new best friend!
Pepper was adopted in December 2014!

Pepper

By Lizzie Pitts, age 11

“Hi, I’m Pepper! I’m a big-hearted purrball that will leave you saying ‘awwww!’ When my foster parent, Beth, took me in I was kind of a big blob, but now I am trim, fit and ready for action!

Even though I am not shy, I would prefer a home with older children. But, other than that, I would take any home as long as it’s full of kind, loving people.

I like feathers, too. I will playfully bat at them with my paws, but what I really love is CATNIP!!!! Catnip makes me go kinda nuts. You can put it on my scratch post and prepare for me to go bananas!

I love to be around you. I will sit next to you on the couch, and if you want to watch your favorite TV show but don’t have anyone to watch it with- fear not! I will come to your aid and soon you will be cozy with me next to you.

I’m excited for a home to call my own. If I sound like a purrfect friend and kitty for you, please contact Seattle Humane’s adoption team at [email protected].”