The Perfect Pets For Retirees
Retired and looking for a furry companion? An extra special sidekick to spend your days with?
24th October 2017
It’s the time you’ve waited for when bumper-to-bumper in peak hour traffic, packed like a sardine on your daily train commute or when hurriedly eating lunch at your desk or taking minutes in meetings.
We’re talking retirement. And it’s finally here. Only there’s just one thing …
When you’re home alone drinking your umpteenth cuppa, you miss mid-morning banter around the water cooler. When you’re out pumping the pavement on an afternoon walk, you miss knocking off on Fridays and after work drinks. You miss the contact, you miss the company and above all, maybe feeling a little lonely…
Problem solved. Insert a furry friend!
There’s no better time than retirement to introduce a four-legged friend into your home, your heart and your spanking new lifestyle. With more time up your sleeve to care for a pet, welcoming one into your home will not only give you a sense of purpose in what can be a daunting new chapter, welcoming a pet into your home ensures you’ll always have a trusty sidekick to share in the newfound memories you’re making. Don't forget to write about these memories and upload pictures and video's of you and your pet/s into the My Wishes section of your LifeLot account.
Choosing a pet for retirement
When choosing a pet for retirement, as with choosing a pet in general, there are a few things to consider so that your pet doesn’t turn into a full-time job you can’t resign from!
- Consider how you wish to enjoy your time and find a pet that’s suited to the life you wish to lead. If you’re outdoorsy and active, perhaps a feisty pup that loves to run? If you enjoy reading and afternoon naps, perhaps a lop-eared rabbit who loves to cuddle?
- If travelling is an important part of your retirement plan, ensure you introduce a pet into your life that is capable of caring for itself in your absence, such as an aquarium of fish, or is able to easily be cared for by family, friends or local pet boarders, such as a calm breed of cat.
- Consider the costs involved in being a pet parent, including vet visits checkups when assessing if the pet you have in mind will meet your budget.
- With retirement comes relaxation, and to ensure it stays that way, ensure you choose an animal whose upkeep you’re happy to meet. While budgies and birds are manageable for most, it takes a passionate person to take on the maintenance of a merino sheepdog’s mane!
Find out what information you can keep in the About Me - Pets section of your LifeLot account.
Alternatively, complete your Enduring Powers of Attorney and Will to make these and other important decisions super clear to your loved ones.
Another useful service we have in New Zealand is the NZCAR (New Zealand Companion Animal Register). The New Zealand Companion Animal Register is designed specifically to make the recovery of lost pets easier by ensuring that anyone can quickly check to see that your microchip number is on the database and important agencies involved with lost and or injured pets can access the database quickly and efficiently to search for that animal's owners and carers.
Sharing your new life as a retiree with a pet will be the most pleasurable and rewarding if you take some time to consider your lifestyle, your financial situation and level of commitment prior to bringing them home. As with any relationship, if the one you build with your pet is based on a solid foundation, it will last the test of time and bring a lifetime of happiness.
It's simple to set up, free to try, and it can make a world of difference for your family if something happens to you.