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The Best Animals to Own in Retirement

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Adjusting to retirement can be strange and it takes many people a while to really start making the most out of this time. For many people, looking after an animal in retirement helps tremendously and there are lots of good options to consider whether you want an animal that will keep you busy and active or one that is easier to look after at home. So, what are a few of the best animals to get in retirement?


Obviously, dogs are one of the ideal choices for companionship. One of the best aspects of owning a dog in retirement is that it will force you to get out of the house each day, which is important for physical and mental health and socialising. (It is easy to make friends when you have a dog!) The breed that you get will depend on the size of your home and your lifestyle, so it is something that you will need to think about carefully.


If you are looking for an animal that is a bit more “hands off” and requires less looking after then a cat is a great option. Cats are independent animals but they are also lovely to have in the house and can add a lot of character and personality to your home. If you would struggle to look after a dog then a cat could be a good alternative.

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If you want an animal that does not require a huge amount of looking after and you can easily look after them in the home or garden then there are lots of good options that are worth considering. Guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils and birds are all well-suited to those in retirement and those that want an animal that will not be a huge amount of work. If you have a rabbit, for example, then you simply need to make sure that they have enough feeding hay for rabbits and water along with enough space in their enclosure.


Fish are another popular choice for people in retirement and there is something captivating about watching fish swimming in a tank. They do not require a huge amount of looking after other than daily feeding and occasional cleaning of the tank, but there is a lot to learn and many different types of fish to consider. You are sure to find watching the fish calming and it can also add some visual interest to your home!

These are a few animals that are worth considering if you are looking for something to care for in retirement. It can be a tough adjustment for many, so an animal can be a good way to adjust as it will give you a sense of purpose and responsibility and should enrich your life in a few different ways.


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