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Information for the Elderly Person Who Wants to Adopt a Cat

The Good

If you are a senior who is thinking of adopting a cat, it may delight you to know cats are highly affectionate creatures that have an innate ability to sense when their owners need love the most, and most cats are willing to shower you with love almost any time of the day. Besides being incredibly affectionate, research has revealed stroking a cat may help lower your blood pressure. When you own a cat, you also stand a chance of lowering your cholesterol and triglycerides. You may experience a sense of calmness as well when you have a cat as a pet. If you live alone, a cat can be a companion that will lift your spirits and wash away your blues. Another good thing about owning a cat is cats don’t require that you leave your warm house on a damp or snowy day to walk them along a slippery curb. Give a cat a litter box and a cat will immediately start to use it without instruction. Cats will also make your life easy by cleaning themselves. Just make sure they have their own Cat Couch

The Bad

Although there are many pluses that come with owning a cat, there is a down side if you are a senior. Seniors, as well as those with a weakened immune system and people who have had an organ transplanted need to take cautionary measures to prevent contracting a disease. The reason for this is seniors may be more at risk of contracting a disease from a cat than people who are younger.

To safeguard against getting sick from your cat, place your cat’s litter box in a room where you do not cook or serve your meals. Make sure the litter box is changed every day, preferably by someone who is less likely to contract a disease from your cat. Plastic litter box liners should be used since a liner can be easily tied and thrown away, which eliminates the possibility of breathing in litter residue that sometimes floats in the air when the litter is disrupted. Other cautionary measures include soaking the litter box in very hot water for seven minutes every 3 to 4 weeks, slipping on a pair of disposable gloves before cleaning the box and washing your hands well when done. You should also wash your hands after handling a cat. To further protect yourself from contracting a disease your cat may be carrying, transport your cat to the veterinarians for an examination without hesitation if it shows signs of illness. Keeping your cat indoors at all times is also helpful since it won’t be exposed to other cats who may be carrying a disease it can catch and transmit to you.

Cats make wonderful pets, and as long as you follow the advice given, you and your cat should be able to live a happy life together.