If your aging parent is feeling lonely at home, you may be considering getting a companion pet for them. However, we all know that different types of pets require a different level of maintenance and commitment, and your parent may not have the energy to tend to a high-maintenance pet. That is why we have compiled a list of the best companion pets for aging parents – these pets will provide companionship without requiring a lot of upkeep.
Small Dog Breeds
Sure, dogs are man’s best friends, but they can require a high level of maintenance, especially larger breeds. In addition, large dog breeds will need a substantial amount of yard space in order to get in the exercise they need. With a smaller dog breed, however, your parent can reap the benefits of having a dog without having to bring them on walks twice daily or maintain a large house.
Some small dog breeds to consider for aging parents include Shih Tzus, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and the Maltese. While some of these breeds do require regular grooming, you can arrange for a mobile dog groomer to come to the house and get it done.
If your parent would like a fluffy pet to love and care for but does not have the time or energy to take a dog for regular walks, a cat may be the answer. Cats are the ultimate low-maintenance pet, being quieter than dogs and relatively independent. On top of that, you do not need to have a big yard to comfortably accommodate a cat.
Granted, a huge aquarium may not be ideal, but your aging parent can benefit from having a small fish tank with a few small species in it. To ensure ease of cleaning and maintenance, any fish tank you get should ideally not exceed 10 gallons in capacity.
Today, caring for fish can be kept low maintenance with automated feeders, lights, and filters. All your parent needs to do is clean out the tank from time to time, ensure that everything is working properly, and sit back and enjoy the sight of their colorful fish swimming back and forth.
Our Residents Feel Right at home with Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg
If you are considering a long-term care arrangement in the best interests of your loved one, consider Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg as one of your top choices. We offer personal care services and senior respite care in a beautiful setting in Reading, PA. You can be sure that your loved one’s days will never be dull as we have a packed schedule of events and activities they can choose from daily. With a choice of senior living suites and one-bedroom apartments, it is easy to find a floor plan to suit your loved one’s needs and where they can feel at home. We welcome you to schedule a tour of our community today and discover what we have to offer first-hand.