Getting your pet ready for your retirement lifestyle

Getting your pet ready for your retirement lifestyle

Getting your pet ready for your retirement lifestyle

Sharing life with a pet in your senior years is a terrific way to have a trusted and steady companion by your side. As you transition into your retirement future, your pet will play an important role in the choices that lie ahead of you. If a pet friendly retirement lifestyle is a priority for you, keep reading.

A pet companion in your retirement is good for your health

Our later years can be a mystifying time of change – for the good, the bad and for those days in between.  Friends and peers that live close by may start moving away to realise their retirement aspirations. Extended periods of absence can become the norm, with planned holiday adventures on the agenda. Sadly, our later years are also a time when health can take a down turn. 

Research has repeatedly shown many health and well-being benefits of pet ownership. Good health and well-being are the key ingredients to being able to enjoy the lifestyle you want in your later years. Factoring a pet into your retirement lifestyle may be as worthy an investment in your well-being as your health insurance premiums – and far more rewarding!

Your future retirement lifestyle and your pet

If you’ve started planning for your later years, the property you’re living in now may be a hindrance to enjoying the retirement you’ve dreamed of. If your home is older than 15 years - due for some maintenance - with a garden that needs regular elbow grease, your time isn’t yours to do what you want with.

If you plan to:

·        reduce your year on year living costs

·        dedicate more time to doing things you love

·        cut down on home maintenance commitments

·        spend more time holidaying; then,

retirement village living may be for you.

The good news is, depending on a retirement village’s pet policies, your pet could benefit from more time with you too!

Pet policy questions you need to ask when looking into retirement village options

If you have a pet, you’ll need to ask the following questions. Can you:

·        bring your pet into your new home?

·        allow your pet to live indoors with you?

·        introduce a replacement pet in the event that your beloved pet passes on?

·        bring more than one pet into your new home?

You’ll also need to ask questions about the village’s policies on:

·        pet restraint requirements

·        pet noise and how complaints about pets are handled.

RCA Villages welcome pets along with their new residents

At all of our RCA Villages locations, well loved, well behaved pets are most welcome.

There are common sense expectations such as keeping your pet on a lead and cleaning up after it when enjoying a walk around village grounds. And as a good neighbour, you’re responsible in making sure your pet isn’t causing a nuisance to other residents.

While many retirement village operators allow pets to move in with new residents, many won’t allow replacement pets. We encourage Active Health and active lifestyles at RCA Villages and understand the valuable contribution to the well-being of our residents that pets make.

Getting your pet ready for moving house

As a responsible pet owner, you’ve already chosen your beloved companion based on your lifestyle priorities. When it comes time to move house, the change is as significant for your pet as it is for you.

Below are some of the factors to consider when preparing your pet for your move.

Indoors or outdoors

Will your pet need to be indoors more? Before you move, gradually increase the time spent indoors. If they sleep outdoors, set up the laundry and bring them inside to sleep well before you move. Will they need more exercise? Start taking them for more walks or games as soon as you’ve decided to move house.

Update microchip and registration

Speak to your new local council so that you can have forms completed and lodged well before moving house - one less to-do on the list once you move in.

Bring familiar objects and routines

Pets feel varying levels of anxiety about change. Moving into a new home is not the time to go out and buy brand new bedding, or a shiny new food bowl for your pet. Set up a routine well before the move for feeding and playing times – and stick with it once you move.

Speak to your vet

As soon as you’ve made the decision to move, book in an appointment with your vet. Ask for recommendations for a new vet in your new local area. Your vet will also be able to share some good tips for moving your pet to a new home.

To find out more about retirement village living and bringing your pet with you, contact us today for your free copy of our eBook – Retirement Villages in Victoria FAQs.

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