In fact, with age comes wisdom, according to 71% of pet owners who said their four-legged friend got smarter with age.
The survey of 2,000 dog and cat parents looked at some of the experiences of having younger and older pets and found that as they get older, pets interact better with other pets. company or other people (72%) and learn new tricks/commands. (56%).
While 54% said young pets are easy to learn, 87% say you can actually teach an old dog new tricks.
Additionally, parents of older pets reported a stronger emotional bond with their pet than those with younger pets (91% vs. 85%).
Conducted by OnePoll for Stella & Chewy’s, the survey found that although younger pets have more energy (64%) and fewer health issues (54%), owners acknowledge that they also have need more training (61%) and are more likely to have accidents. (55%).
Parents of senior pets may overlook some of these concerns about training (69%) or misbehavior (64%) and even said senior pets are just as easy to care for as younger pets ( 57%).
“We believe that all pets deserve to be loved, regardless of age,” said Marie Moody, founder of Stella & Chewy’s.
“As my dogs got older, they became even smarter companions, giving me a new perspective that I carry with me every day.”
In fact, 68% of pet owners think more people should be open to adopting a senior pet, especially since three-quarters of respondents said their pet is become more intuitive with age (74%).
And pet parents have learned a thing or two about aging their pets, like “age doesn’t determine how fun or social you can or can’t be and take things.” in stride one day at a time”.
Parents attested that their senior pet had a significant impact on their lives (90%), going through major life experiences like having children, losing another pet, and going through the pandemic.
One way for parents to reciprocate the love is to keep nutrition in mind. In fact, most senior pet owners (72%) agree that they have noticed positive changes when they prioritize their pet’s nutrition.
“There’s nothing quite like the love senior pets give, and I’m so grateful to have lived with them by my side,” Moody said.
“I hope we can inspire others to experience the joy of parenting a senior dog or cat and encourage adoptions throughout November, National Pet Adoption Month. senior company and beyond.”