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How Adopting a Cat Can Help Seniors

By Amy Felman

June is National Adopt a Cat Month. If your older family member is lonely, adopting a cat may be the perfect way for them to experience companionship and unconditional love. In addition, according to the American Humane Society, cats provide all kinds of health benefits, including lowering the risk of depression, increasing physical activity, and improving overall health. There are lots of reasons that cats make excellent pets for senior citizens, including those listed below.

Cats are Low Maintenance

Dogs are wonderful pets, but they can require more attention and care than some older adults are capable of. Cats, on the other hand, are easier to care for. They don’t need to be taken outside to do their business because they use indoor litter boxes. They also don’t require walking since their exercise needs can be accommodated indoors with a few fun toys to chase. Cats also allow older adults to spend a weekend away from home without having to worry about boarding expenses since cats are perfectly capable of spending a few days alone as long as they are left with plenty of food and water.

Cats Are Great Snugglers

Cats are just the right size to sit in a senior’s lap. Most aren’t too heavy, so they won’t hurt the older adult’s legs. Cats love warmth, so most like to curl up in a lap where they can be petted. Their rumbling purrs can be incredibly relaxing and help to relieve stress. At night, cats are usually happy to curl up at the end of the bed or lie against the senior’s legs.

Cats are Inexpensive

Cats don’t cost as much to adopt as dogs. Shelters and rescues are filled with adoptable cats of all sizes, ages, and colors. The fee for adopting a cat is typically lower than the adoption fee for a dog.

Cats Are Fun to Play With

Although cats love to lie around and bask in the sun, they also enjoy play time. The antics of a cat chasing a ball or toy mouse around the room can bring a smile to the older adult’s face. And, even a senior in a wheelchair can play with a cat just by dangling a ribbon or using a fishing pole type of cat toy.

If you’re concerned that your senior family member cannot care for a cat on their own, elderly care can help ease those worries. An elderly care provider can help them to feed and water the cat each day. Elderly care providers can also assist with cleaning the litter box. When it is time for the cat to visit the veterinarian, an elderly care provider can drive the senior and their cat to the appointment.


If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring elderly care in Valencia, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 364-4663.