Cats are wonderful companions for people of all ages. As we all do, seniors love their cats and are very attached to their four-legged family members. There are so many advantages to seniors owning pets that the thought of a fur-baby having to leave the home because of a few challenges is both a sad prospect emotionally and from a health/happiness perspective.
Granted, at certain times, the day-to-day care of cats can become challenging for seniors as it can for any of us. Mobility or health issues can make something as simple as cleaning the litter box a formidable task. Seniors with fragile skin or compromised immune systems are more susceptible to various diseases so not handling cat litter might be a good preventative measure. Litter boxes should be scooped once a day. Cats are finicky creatures and sometimes a dirty litter box will dissuade the cat from using it and they end up doing their personal business elsewhere. If this happens it can become a permanent and odorous habit, difficult to deal with “after the fact”.
How can I help? Regular visits to take care of the litter can alleviate the concern of a dirty litter box for both the owner and the kitty. One familiar person visiting on a regular basis is stress free for both owner and kitty and as an added advantage ensures all is well with the senior pet owner. Ongoing service is offered at a special rate.
Even healthy cats need trips to the vet. Some seniors no longer want the expense and maintenance of a vehicle and some, for varied reasons, simply no longer drive. Taxis and ride sharing services are, as a rule, very reluctant to transport any animals other than service dogs. This can make getting a cat to the vet difficult if not impossible. Regular vet visits are important to the health and longevity of the cat and the peace of mind of the senior owner.
While many senior cat owners still own and drive their own vehicles studies have shown that seniors driving with a pet in the car have a higher risk of being involved in an accident. In a study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, the research team said both overall and at-fault crash rates for drivers 70 years of age or older were higher for those whose pet rode with them. I know from personal experience cats can be very vocal and active even (sometimes especially) when they are being transported in a cage. Distracted driving is a chargeable offence under the Traffic Act and is defined as “anything that could potentially remove a driver’s eyes from the road, their hands from the steering wheel or their concentration from the task of driving’. These laws can be applicable to having animals in the vehicle. Having an unhappy, possibly unruly, cat in the car with you can definitely be described as “distracting”.
How can I help? Why risk your own safety and that of your kitty when I am willing to provide transportation for seniors and their cat(s) for regularly scheduled (non-emergency) vet visits. For special circumstances I will consider taking the cat alone to a regularly scheduled visit. Cats MUST BE caged for transportation in both cases and fees will be on an individual basis depending on distance to the vet’s office.
The above are obviously “special circumstances”. Most senior pet owners are happy, healthy and active, retired or with reduced work schedules – ready to enjoy life to the fullest. Enjoying life often means taking those vacations that you have dreamed of during all those years of working. Retirement is definitely the time to go on those long anticipated trips but what does it mean for your cat? Does traveling mean you have to be cat free? Absolutely not!
How can I help? I can let you enjoy worry free travel by providing daily visits to clean the litter, give your kitty fresh food and water, some playtime and cuddles (if the kitty is willing). Does you cat get brushed daily? Or have their teeth brushed? – I can do that too. This means your fur-baby will be cared for without being boarded in a cage. Remaining in their own home, fed with familiar food and having their own toys to keep them occupied is less stressful for your cat(s). There will be only one new person for your cat to get used to – me. Other added advantages? Your mail, newspapers and flyers will be brought in daily and I will be at you home every day to make sure everything is in order. Of course, cuddles, head bonks and unlimited petting are included at no extra charge. Contact me for rates.
When you own a cat it is important to have someone to take care of your cat when you travel or become ill.
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