Seniors, Cats Prove to be Healthy Combination

Seniors say pet ownership contributes to sharp minds and active lifestyles.

Posted: September 15, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Seniors 60 years and older say their pets help keep their minds active, memories sharp and contribute to their overall happiness, according to a recent survey by Purina Pet Care.

“Research showing the physical benefits of pet ownership for seniors, which include lower systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels, has been well-documented over the years,” says Steve Cohn, DVM, a Purina Pets for Seniors veterinarian. “However, seniors also benefit emotionally from pet ownership, which might not be as easily seen on the outside, but can greatly impact their quality of life and enable them to feel their best.”

The survey showed that 88 percent of seniors said constant companionship was the best part of owning a cat or dog, and 69 percent said their pets make them look forward to each day.

The results also revealed pet ownership may contribute to a more mobile lifestyle; 45 percent said they became more active after adopting a pet and 26 percent of the female respondents said they lost weight. 

On Sunday, Sept. 16, special PetLover coupons that benefit seniors who adopt pets will be included in newspapers nationwide. For each coupon redeemed by Nov. 30, 2007, Purina will donate 3 cents to Tony La Russa’s Senior Adoption Program. The program provides adoption fee discounts for eligible seniors. Purina will donate a minimum of $60,000 to the organization.

During the month of October, Purina will host adoption events throughout the country where qualifying seniors will have the opportunity to take advantage of the senior adoption program. For a list of locations, click here.

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*Heaven*    Princeton, IN

9/17/2007 4:39:38 PM

That is pretty kool

Sara    Atlanta, GA

9/17/2007 5:31:35 AM


Sheila    Montgomery, TX

9/16/2007 8:18:41 AM

Here, Here, good article! My mother is a Senior and I know for a FACT that her adoption of "Bookie" a year ago has improved her quality of life. I help out (from 5 states away), by sending care packages for her cat. I include really potent catnip, toys, treats, and special things that I know her cat likes. Momma gets such a treat to see her cat so happy with his gifts.
The only thing that bothers me is the 'evacuation plan' doesn't allow her to bring her pet, I believe this is wrong. Look at what happened to all the pets that were lost during Katrina.

debby    oxford, NC

9/16/2007 4:06:51 AM

i have a senior cat and i really want to make his life better. i have had him for 14yrs...

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