Being an exhausted caregiver to elderly parents is one thing, but also having to care for their pets is quite another. I read so many posts where caregivers have double duty in this regard. My elderly parents have had a cat for ten years now. He is an outside cat, and the only thing he gets from them is food and water....and an occasional kick if he is underfoot. Taking him to the vet for shots, neutering, flea medication, or when he is sick or hurt is out of the question. So begs the question......Do elderly folks, who can't take care of themselves, really need a pet when someone else has to care for it?