But, that stage of life lasts for such a short time, we need to focus on the grown up kitty and doggy, in order to really appreciate the pet they are. At our house, we have two 'senior' dogs and a 'senior' cat, if you believe the authorities. By the way, senior doesn't mean what it used to mean. Talk to your vet about it, and you'll learn that the label senior begins at age 7, not 9 or 10, as we old-timers used to think.
I'm a bit senior myself, by the way. So, I have a special interest in how we treat our aging pets. I look at my boy Chester, who is the senior among all the pets here, and I want to make his life as soft and wonderful as I can. Soft beds, short walks, lots of treats.
But, truth be told - I should be making sure he has less treats, maintains a good, healthy diet just for his age and health, and while soft beds are good, orthopedic beds are better. And, a big part of a senior dog's life is his teeth - good dental care is a must, as this article from Pet360 tells us.
Is it crazy to want to take care of my pups and my kitty, as if they actually appreciate my attention? I don't think so. I think it's small payment for the joy and love they give me. I am getting a bit tired of people who fault me for my love of Chester, Olive, Emily and Molly. People who think my time, energy, and money is better spent elsewhere. People who would tell me how to feel about my pets - as if they were furniture and easily replaced in the event... I lost them.
Why don't these people understand that my love of my pets, my devotion to them, makes me a better person? It makes me more aware of the elderly citizens of the world, and I do devote time, money and energy to them... because of their age. People aren't forgotten in a world that includes pets. People are even more important - because the pets need us to care for them, and in doing so... well, they raise our spirits, lower our blood pressure, save us from ourselves and from danger of all sorts. They do so much for us, why is it deemed wrong for US to give back to them?
I don't get it. I'm clueless. All I know is that I love all creatures (except spiders - I'm sorry, I tolerate them outdoors, but I cannot find it in my heart to love spiders)...and I see the good in them. I see the way they improve the lives of humans everywhere. I see the genuine affection they display for us...and the way they just want us to be happy. A smile, a laugh, a cuddle now and then, other than food and water, that's all they ask of us.
As our pets age, it's so important to give them the right attention and food, and a good bit of exercise. The very same things Drs say we need.
Any senior pets at your house? Send pics!