There are a number of myths surrounding this attitude, such as the fact that older animals are unable to learn the habits of the new family and that they may have serious adaptation problems.
While it is true that the elderly or adults learn at a slower pace, older age does not mean, under any circumstances, that they cannot adapt and become fully integrated into the routine of the house. Therefore, although adopting puppies is much more common, opting for an older animal can be a great choice.
Would you like to give an adult or senior animal a chance and finally have a home to call your own? Keep reading and check out some advantages of this choice and learn tips to facilitate the adaptation of this type of pet!
What are the main advantages of adopting an adult animal?
When most people decide to adopt, they already think about choosing a puppy to be part of their family. While they are adorable, opting for an adult or senior animal also has its benefits.
These pets, for example, are normally neutered and dewormed when they are made available for animal adoption . Therefore, they are a great option for people who do not have time to deal with the post-operative period of a surgery like this at the moment.
Another advantage is that they are already ”complete”. That is, its size is already defined (very important for people who live in an apartment or cannot walk their big dogs often enough), and the animal’s temperament is also already known.
With this, you avoid the surprises that are usually seen in cases of adopting puppies and manage to choose an ideal pet for your needs, both behavioral and size.
Finally, another benefit of adopting an adult animal is that they are already socialized and, therefore, it is possible to know if they get along with other animals, if they like children and several other important particularities for some people.
How can we facilitate the adaptation of these pets?
As we can see, adopting an adult animal is all good and brings many advantages, both for them, who would hardly find a loving home, and for their lucky guardians.
To facilitate the adaptation of this new family member, we can take some care and follow some practical tips. Check out the following good options:
- create a routine for the little animal;
- take some walks more frequently in the first few days so he doesn’t feel stressed;
- offer different toys;
- take care of healthy snacks, always with the recommendation of the veterinarian;
- define well-defined spaces for their food and needs;
- reward him whenever he has good attitudes;
- give a lot of affection and be patient.
Keep in mind that this is not something new just for you and your family and that this animal is probably, while happy, a little scared of its new surroundings. So be cautious, affectionate and very patient. Little by little, adaptation will come and soon he will be part of your home’s everyday life!
Did you just see how advantageous adopting an adult animal can be? Give pets that are rarely adopted a chance and have a true friendship with you that will last for the whole life of this little animal, which will feel eternally grateful to you. Finally, in case of adaptation difficulties, always look for the veterinarian, right? Good luck with the adoption!