Should you adopt furry babies or senior friends? | The Tylt

Should you adopt furry babies or senior friends?
The Tylt produced this in support of Social Tees Animal Rescue

The question of whether it is better to adopt or buy from a pet store is really no debate at all, with so many rescues urgently in need of caring homes. But the path is less clear when it comes to the choice of adopting a cute little kitten or puppy, or taking home an older, more mature cat or dog. Either way, you add love to your life. But which do you prefer, adopting furry babies or senior friends?

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A kitten or puppy is pretty much the dictionary definition of adorable. Everything is a discovery. They’re delightfully awkward and completely sweet. But they also require a lot of knowledgeable care and attention, not to mention cleanup as they learn to use a litter box or go outside. 

On the other hand, senior pets require less constant care. They know how to get along in the world and just want a loving home. The fear, of course, is that they may not have many years left, as kittens and puppies likely will. Shelters are full either way. How would you help? 

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Our caring instinct is strongest when dealing with infants, human or otherwise. The facial proportions, the tiny feet, the sweet sounds they make—we’re conditioned on the deepest level to respond to this. 

So, of course, the appeal is strong when you see a kitten or puppy. But it’s more than that. You get to see them grow, watching as they learn the ways of the world. They’re a joy to be around, endearing, hilarious, goofy, and beautiful. 

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Here's some great advice for new parents of kittens and puppies.

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Adopting a full-grown dog or cat requires a different skill set than needed with a puppy or kitten, but ultimately it can be a lot easier. They’ve got social skills, motor planning and, in most cases, are potty trained. 

Senior pets come to you with personalities in place, more like a new friend than a baby. And while your time with them may be shorter, it is no less valuable or loving, for you or the pet. 

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Older pets enjoy the finer things in life – savoring a tasty treat, spending the afternoon snoozing in a sunbeam, cuddling up with you to watch Netflix, or watching the birds out of the window.
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Puppy. What more do you need to know?

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Grown-ass cat. Majestic as heck. 

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Should you adopt furry babies or senior friends?
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