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Friday, November 17, 2017

Adopting an Older Pet - #HillsTransformingLives

This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Adopt A Senior Pet Month and ‘Mission Adoptable’ Campaign, but Building Our Story only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Getting older is not fun for anyone, even for our pets.  We are a cat family and if you have been visiting us over the years you know that currently we have two cats; Sundae who is our younger cat and Sophie who we lovingly called our "old lady".  We adore both of our cats, their personalities are both so different but Sophie, our old lady, she is so gentle and really loves to snuggle.  While some people like to think that the brand new kittens or puppies are the best, after years of cat ownership I find that the older the cats are, the more love you get!  

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Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?  I didn't and now I am even more intrigued with what this celebration is all about.  


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Why You SHOULD Adopt An Older Pet 



What you see is what you get.
Meaning, you know what your pet will look like, act like and what their special characteristics will be.  You do not have to wait for them to grow older to see these fun personality traits. 

Senior pets are less destructive. 

Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.

Senior pets are great company for senior citizens and children.
Many elderly people and kids find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting.

Older pets are relaxing to hang out wi
th. 
Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren't full of wild energy to burn. Because you're not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.

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Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness.
Older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would.

You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat.  Many of these older pets, if not adopted, might not get to live in the shelter for the rest of their lives.  Hard to think about.

No need to potty train.
Older animals are already housebroken and litter-trained, so you won't have to waste your time with a newspaper or carrying your kitten back and forth to the litter box.

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Adopting and caring for an aging cat has some great qualities but there are a lot of other factors you will need to consider.  These older animals will need different care than a young pet.  Hill’s® Science Diet® is one of the companies that focuses on the well-being and vitality of our aging pets by providing the food, the snacks, tips and education, and other invaluable support to care for our dogs and cats.  

I am happy to be working with Hill’s® Science Diet® in partnership of promoting their Youth Vitality Food but also the celebration of Adopt a Senior Pet Month!  

I am also excited to share the Mission Adoptable by Hill’s Science Diet.  Hill’s® Science Diet®, in collaboration with the SPCA of Texas in Dallas, has created this new web series that follows adoptable pets in a shelter move through the "system" and find their happy endings in their forever homes.  I promise, you will love every episode.  

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About Hill's® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality:

  • Complete nutrition for cats aged 7+
  • Supports brain function
  • Supports kidneys & bladder
  • Supports a healthy digestive system
  • Promotes luxurious fur
  • Promotes energy and vitality
  • Cat friendly Chicken and Rice dry recipe
  • Tasty canned options in Chicken, Tuna and Salmon

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If you have a senior pet or you are thinking about adopting an older pet, make sure you visit the Hill’s website. You can learn more about their Youthful Vitality line that we use for our Old Lady! Make sure you follow Hill’s on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


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Tell me about your Senior Pets.  Do you have plans on adopting a senior pet in the future?



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill's. The opinions and text are all mine.




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6 comments:

  1. My first pet was adopted, she was said to be five or 6 years old judging by her canines. Judging by her previous lifestyle and owners, she was very shy and skittish. She grew to trust us and loved the cottage. We still needed to train an old dog some new tricks by potty training her and setting a routine as well as other commands.

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  2. Our next pet will be older that we adopt. All our pets now we've had since they were tiny babies or even had them born in our family so its been really special but I'd love to adopt an older pet when ours are no longer with us. - Jeanine

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  3. I had no idea that November is adopt and older pet month. You make many valid point about older pets. They certainly should not be forgotten. We have a rescue dog and he was between 3 and 4 when we borough him home. If ever adopt or rescue again, we will defiantly consider an older pet.

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  4. Awe, we adopted two cats a few years ago. They have been wonderful addition to our family. have never tried this brand of food. I'll have to look for it.

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  5. While I don't do pets, I do like this idea of older pets. You get to skip all the training stages, lol.

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  6. Yay for senior pets - or even adult ones. I adopted my 4th dog when she was 4. I actually foster failed with her. And I must say, I may never have a puppy again. The adult ones are just easier!

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