When people begin to think about getting a new pet, they most often imagine adopting a puppy or a kitten. Adult pets are often forgotten even though they are just as loving and can be a great addition to your home. Dr. Christine Rutter is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She recently explained the idea and benefits of bringing an adult animal into your home.
Pets that are older are normally less likely to destroy anything inside of the house. Very often, kittens and puppies will tear apart things such as clothes, curtains, furniture, and more. Adult pets are also housebroken most of the time, and if they’re not they will pick it up easier. This will save leave your rugs and carpets in better condition. Adult pets are also less of a cost investment because they are less expensive to buy, and may have already had all of their imperative medical treatments. These treatments can include deworming, neutering/spaying, and other vaccines.
Most older animals are more sociable and able to better interact with the environment around them. A lot of the time, they are already trained and obedient. This makes it easier to integrate them into your life, especially if you have younger children.
Even if your adult pet has received all of the necessary medical treatments, it is still important to have them evaluated. They should get the same health screening that a younger cat or do would receive upon coming into your house. If you are unsure of your new pet’s age or health history, a veterinarian will be able to help you assess these during the health screening.
If you are interested in adopting an adult pet, be sure to do your research before making a decision. There are many articles online that explain the benefits of adopting an adult pet. These articles will assist you in making an informed decision about the age of the pet that would best fit your household.